Photo Tribute To Hollywood Hunk Jeff Chandler

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Jeff Chandler was the Brooklyn-born hottie who was Oscar nominated for playing Cochise in 1950's Broken Arrow and who went on to costar opposite Joan Crawford in the enjoyably trashy Female on the Beach and Kim Novak in the deadening biopic Jeanne Eagels.

But he's most famous today as the guy who Esther Williams supposedly found wearing polka dots.

Usually, he wore far less.

Here's a tribute to the man behind the dress.

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TheBigKaluha
TheBigKaluha

 Jeff Chandler (neé Ira Grossel) died far too early at age 42 from a botched spinal surgery in 1961. In 1954, when entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. was seriously injured in an automobile accident which cost him his left eye, it was Chandler who first rushed to his bedside (Davis’ friend and mentor, Frank Sinatra reportedly had to be persuaded of the severity of the injury before he visited Davis in the San Bernardino hospital). Chandler offered to give Davis one of his own eyes as Chandler himself had nearly lost an eye and had been visibly scarred in an auto accident years earlier. Fun fact: Chandler was also a singer, releasing several albums in the 1950s.

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

I had a relationship (in fact, I was a kept boy toy), in 1960, with Robert J. Hlll who wrote the screenplay, which he adapted from his play, The Besieged Heart. Details available in my theatre memoir COLLISON: when reality and illusion collide.

BetteD
BetteD

Thanks for the info, I taped it on VHS from TCM year ago and my VCR has since given up the ghost -- I guess from watching it so much.  Jeff was jaw-dropping gorgeous in it (and Joan was in her toothache mask almost during the entire flick).

Marktoscani
Marktoscani

Love Rutanya Alda. Met her when lypsinka did the Joan town hall many years back. Get her to talk about Faye. A riot!

Musto
Musto

In other Joan Crawford news, Chelsea Clearview is doing a Mommie Dearest event tonight at the Ziegfeld at 730. Hedda Lettuce hosts a screening of the movie and there will be a chat with Rutanya Alda,who played Carol Anne. Also, Lisa Lampanelli will get an award there for her work with gay charities. Yay!

Ynot
Ynot

Loved in Esther's book when she tried to have sex with Jeff in drag just to give it a go, but she couldn't handle it!

Gary Garrett
Gary Garrett

Had a crush on Jeff when I was a little boy. Didn't even know anything about the gay life-style or coming out yet. Just knew that I was excited when he was on the screen. Pre James Bond days.

James
James

Female on the Beach has recently been released on DVD. A beautiful transfer and a WONDERFUL lurid melodrama with Joan in top form, Jeff shirtless in may scenes, and an Ed Fury cameo. Thank you MM for keeping gay culture alive !

Isis
Isis

Lucky Joanie. She got to toy around with some hotties in her time.

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