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Frank McCarthy
(June 8, 1912 - December 1, 1986) U.S.A.

Frank McCarthy

Film producer


Born near Richmond, Virginia, he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1933. After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, McCarthy worked as a reporter for the Richmond News Leader . He then moved to New York City and became the press agent for legendary Broadway theater producer George Abbott's Brother Rat (1937), a farce about students at the Virginia Military Institute.

In mid-1940, following the Second Armistice at Compiègne, McCarthy enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. By 1941, McCarthy had attained the rank of Colonel and was aide-de-camp to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General George Marshall. He was personal friends with Presidents Truman and Eisenhower.

Shortly after the end of the war, President of the United States Harry Truman named McCarthy Assistant Secretary of State for Administration under United States Secretary of State James F. Byrnes. Only 33 years old at the time, McCarthy is thus the youngest Assistant Secretary of State in United States history. However, he only held the office as a placeholder, from September 1, 1945 until October 11, 1945, when he was replaced by Donald S. Russell.

When he retired, he became the head of public relations for the Fox film studio, and was the in-house morals watchdog for films before they were passed on for Production Code approval. After the war, he moved to Hollywood and became a film producer for Universal Studios. In 1951, Decision Before Dawn , a spy picture that McCarthy produced with Anatole Litvak was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He later produced Sailor of the King (1953) and A Guide for the Married Man (1967). He was also the producer of the 1970 Oscar-winning film Patton .

As the film's producer, he accepted George C. Scott's Oscar for Patton (1970) at the awards ceremony, but returned it to the Academy the next day in keeping with Scott's refusal to accept the award.

Frank McCarthy
(McCarthy is in the center, with the two Oscars in his hands)

He and his lover Rupert Allan carried on an elaborate game of subterfuge in order to keep their relationship closeted (they even lived in two separate residences on the same property). Through his association with Rupert, Frank got to know Grace Kelly well, and when Princess Grace visited Los Angeles, she and her children would invariably stay in Frank's home. She loved the two men like brothers, and to her credit, Princess Grace always admonished anyone who made disparaging remarks about homosexuals. By today's standards it seems an unnecessary caution that two men had to maintain separate homes to keep the nature of their relationship from the press, but such were the times.

McCarthy died of cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, at the age of 74.


Sources: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://gayinfluence.blogspot.it/

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