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.