English: Photograph of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is a fashion now it seems for saying everyone is gay including hapilly married people. I have heard it said David Niven was gay as well as Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich. Now it is Basil Rathbone‘s turn and people are saying everywhere he was gay, all based on some gossip and hearsay and on one single book (the title of which I will not mention, because why should I give it free publicity?)
Basil Rathbone WAS NOT GAY. In his diary which I have read cover to cover he talks about how he believes gayness is a sickness. he pitied those who were afflicted and wanted to help them but he also believed it was wrong. One reason i know he could not hav eevr been involved with Eva Le Gallienne is because of how he viewed her lesbianism.
Basil DID NOT HAVE CHEMISTRY WITH ERROL FLYNN. This is just nonsense put out by immature fan girls who like to think they were both gay. They were just professionals working together. Basil did not even like Errol Flynn, he was not his type of person atall.
ALso Basil was not a womanizer, but that is a different post.
English: Ouida Bergère (1886-1974) circa 1920 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Basil Rathbone Master of Stage And Screen has published two letters allegedly from Basil that are NOTt by him. The handwriting is not his handwriting and the feelings expressed are so mean spirited and cheap they could not come from this wonderful man. It also alleges Ouida Rathbone tried to taker her own life! This is unthinkable for a person of her refinement and religous outlook and also absurd. What reason did this woman who was so loved and so blessed have to try an end her life? Any one who knew her and saw the love that bound her to her husband who adored her before anyone else in the world could possibly believe such rubbish. I have a lot of respect for Basil Rathbone Master Of Stage ANd Screen which is a great site and much better than most of the silly teenager sites run by fan girls who should stick to Tumbler, but I’m afraid the site is wrong about this a I have Basil’s diaries and have compared the handwriting and it is not his. This is mistaken identity and the letter was written by another or forged.