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Merv Griffin's gay tell-all hits the bookshelves

By April MacIntyre May 26, 2009, 6:33 GMT

Merv Griffin's gay tell-all hits the bookshelves

"Merv Griffin: A Life in the Closet" by Darwin Porter, an alleged "friend" of the late mogul reveals Merv\'s gay life in detail Published by Blue Moon Productions, the book paints a picture of the secret life of Merv Griffin, a former band leader who revolutionized game shows and television.

"Merv Griffin: A Life in the Closet" by Darwin Porter, an alleged "friend" of the late mogul reveals Merv's gay life in detail  Published by Blue Moon Productions, the book paints a picture of the secret life of Merv Griffin, a former band leader who revolutionized game shows and television. 

Merv's game shows included Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Griffin, who passed in 2007, is painted as a schmoozer, kindly, eccentric and promiscuous by his biographer.  He was a true rags-to-riches prodigy - hailing from a poor Irish-American family - who died a self-made billionaire.

The National Enquirer also got hold of the biography, where Porter discusses in detail Griffin's conquests, male and female.  Griffin married once and allegedly had affairs with both Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe.

He then alleges that Griffin seduced Errol Flynn.

Griffin famously held court with Eva Gabor but privately he was attached to his "best" friend, Liberace, with whom he allegedly enjoyed many gay orgies at Liberace's Palm Springs pad.

The list of his famous lovers, according to his biographer, include Rock Hudson, James Dean, Liberace, Roddy McDowall, Montgomery Clift, Kennedy in-law Peter Lawford, Gordon Scott and Marlon Brando.

"Merv didn't want the disgrace that Liberace and Rock Hudson suffered through when they got AIDS," a publishing source told The National Enquirer.

"He worked too hard to create 'Merv Griffin the star' to let the reality of his personal life interfere with the Hollywood image he desperately tried to sustain until his dying day."

The National Enquirer noted that it "was an open secret in Hollywood that he (Merv)was gay.

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