He was a funny guyMerv Griffin? Say it ain't so. For those of you too young to know who the hell Merv Griffin was, Merv was the king of talk back in the 60s and 70s. He was the creator of game shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. (Yes, that's right. Vanna is all Merv's fault.) He was as American as apple pie and about as controversial as Cream of Wheat. Yet according to a new book, Merv was a severely closeted gay man whose love life rivaled any of Hollywood's leading men. James Dean, Marlon Brando, Liberace ... according to this book he had them all.
This week's Enquirer gives an advance splash to Merv Griffin: A Life In The Closet, stunning us all with juicy little tidbits about Merv's hidden sex life, including a "lifelong affair" with Brando and Merv's regular attendance at his buddy Liberace's gay orgies.
Merv Griffin died at 82 in 2007, with his adoring public never aware of the life he allegedly led behind closed doors. Most of the players in this upcoming book have likewise passed on, and maybe that's why the author, whoever he/she is, chose to wait this long. Still, it's kind of sad to think this man had to live his life in such fear of losing everything because of who he was. It's sadder still to think that there are people in this day and age who still feel the need to hide who they really are.