Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift

Posted on January 16, 2015

Born in Nebraska in 1920, Montgomery Clift had everything going for him as the handsome it boy of the 1950s. However, his life would take a tragic turn at the age of 36. Here’s our Montgomery Clift timeline.

Oct. 17, 1920
Born Edward Montgomery Clift in Omaha, Nebraska to Ethel Fogg and William Brooks Clift. He has a twin sister Roberta and an older brother, Brooks.

1934
He is cast in a summer stock production of Fly Away Home. He is a success and is asked to appear in the Broadway production as well.

Jan. 1935
The Broadway production of Fly Away Home opens.

1939
Goes on vacation to Mexico with friend Lehman Engel. During the trip, Clift comes down with amoebic dysentery.

1948
Makes his film debut in Red River with John Wayne.

1949
Meets Elizabeth Taylor when the studio forces her to accompany him to the premiere of The Heiress. The two become lifelong friends.

1951
Stars in A Place in the Sun with Elizabeth Taylor.

1953
Stars in From Here to Eternity.

1956
After leaving a part at Taylor’s house in Beverly Hills, Clift falls asleep at the wheel and crashes his car into a telephone pole. Taylor is the first on the scene and saves him from choking by pulling two loose teeth from his throat. Clift breaks every bone in his face. Though his face is reconstructed, he never looks the same again.

1957
Raintree County is released, starring Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. The film was being shot when Clift had his car accident. He finished filming after his face had been reconstructed. People flock to the theater to compare the “before and after” scenes of his face.

1960
Stars in Wild River.

1966
Dies at the age of 45 of a heart attack resulting from longterm drug and alcohol abuse.

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