: [on Elizabeth Taylor] Liz is the only woman I have ever met who turns me on. She feels like the other half of me.
Edward Montgomery Clift invariably played outsiders, often "victim-heroes"
He embodied a new type of man on screen, the beautiful, sensual and vulnerable man that seemed to appeal to women and men alike.
After A Place in the Sun came out he was Hollywood's hottest male star and adored by millions. He looked incredible and was a fine actor, a rare combination. His only rival in this regard during the next few years was Marlon Brando, whose career turned out to be more stable and successful in the end.
Clift's mental problems prevented him from staying at the top, as his drinking and drug problem began to affect his acting and bankability. The loss of his dashing looks in a well publicized road accident during the filming of Raintree County didn't help, either.
What followed could be described as the longest suicide in show-business history.