James Whale: Frankenstein's Gay Father
Dubbed, "The Queen of Hollywood", by certain hateful Hollywood honchos, Whale not only made a mark in horror films, he also directed such classics as Showboat (the 1936 version) , and The Man in the Iron Mask.
Oddly, Whale's career started to plummet after he made the film, The Road Back. The Nazi German consul of Los Angeles protested that Whale's depiction of German soldiers and Germany in general were distorted in his film and they wanted the movie cut. Whale refused and with the support of The Hollywood Anti Nazi League and the Screen Actor's Guild, his film was released untouched - at first. However, for whatever reasons, the studio backed down, re cut and released The Road Back which infuriated Whale.
After this debacle, Whale was regulated to B-films only.
Upon leaving the film world, James Whale directed live theater but remained friends with a lot of Hollywood insiders. He also had several long time companions as well as a handful of boyfriends to help him pass the time.
Whale become ill and at the age of 65 suffered several strokes that left him weak and dependent on a care taker and nurse. At the age of 67, despondent over his failing health, James Whale threw himself into his swimming pool and drowned.
The last line of his suicide note read: The future is just old age and illness and pain. Goodbye and thank you for all your love. I must have peace and this is the only way.
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