Contrary to popular belief, Jeff Chandler's so called love for wearing women's clothing, has been retracted by former wife Esther Williams. (last photo) She now admits it was made up to help sell her autobiography after her publishers insisted she steam it up. Jeff Chandler (1918-1961) was 6' 4" and was a rugged and charismatic leading man of the 1950's. As a boy he grew up knowing Susan Hayward and they later made one film together. He was good friends with Sammy Davis Jnr and Tony Curtis, even offering Sammy his eye, when Sammy lost his. He starred with Joan Crawford in one of my favorite movies, 'Female on the Beach'. By that time Joan was playing the 'older woman', as was Jane Wyman with Rock Hudson, and Joan certainly heated up the screen in this classic camp melodrama. Jeff sadly died at the age of 42, at the height of his popularity, from blood poisoning after spinal surgery for a slipped disc. His films included: 'Broken Arrow', 'Iron Man', 'Foxfire', 'The Tattered Dress'. 'Jeanne Eagels', 'Raw Wind in Eden'. 'Ten Seconds to Hell'. 'The Story of David' and 'Thunder in the Sun'.
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