From Ellen DeGeneres to Neil Patrick Harris , celebrities today have no problem coming out of the closet—and in the case of those two, their announcements boosted their star power. But like the rest of the world, Hollywood has always had a significant gay population, acknowledged or not. Today, we look at 27 gay actors in TV history: Most finally revealed their sexuality, but a few expired in a different era, when discretion was a virtue not to mention a career saver. Classically trained actor Reed, fearing for his career, entered into a five-year marriage that produced a daughter; after it ended, he remained in the closet throughout his life. Although his television family was aware that he was gay, they never discussed it. During most of the run of Sex and the City , Nixon—known to show fans as career-minded Miranda—was in a relationship with a man, with whom she had two children.
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However, when you're in the public eye, it can pose to be a bit of a problem for your image. Everything from what they wear, to who they know, to what they own, and even who they prefer to go to bed with affects how they're perceived. The allegedly fabricated union worked to both maintain Kristen's appeal as a leading lady, and popularize the wildly successful franchise. Below are 10 more openly straight celebs who are rumored to be secretly gay.
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During the Golden Age of Hollywood in the s, actors and actresses shot to fame—but only if they tailored their images to the demands of the big studios. For LGBT actors, that often meant marrying a person of the opposite sex. The early 20th century represented a unique time for LGBT people in the country.
It might be hard to imagine why it is a big deal to go public about one's sexuality. Especially for celebrities, their coming out can ruin their reputation. On the other hand, they may not want to continue living in a closet, keeping their sexuality a secret.