Montgomery Clift, known for his portrayal of “moody, sensitive men”, played the surgeon, Dr Dr. John Cukrowicz, in the 1959 film Suddenly, Last Summer. Filming was fraught and Cliff found the long scenes exhausting. His shakey performance led director Joseph L. Mankiewicz to ask producer Sam Spiegel several times to replace him. The cast were sympathetic towards Clift, but none more so than co-star Katherine Hepburn. Hepburn found Mankiewicz’s conduct so unforgivable that as soon as he called the final “cut” of the film, she asked him to confirm that her services were no longer required, and when he did, spat in his face.

I think that what you've got to do is discover the essential truth of the situation, and have a point of view about it.

Burt Glinn
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burt Glinn served in the United States Army between 1943 and 1946, before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and photographed for the Harvard Crimson college newspaper. From 1949 to 1950, Glinn worked for LIFE magazine before becoming a freelancer. He became an associate member of Magnum in 1951, along with Eve Arnold and Dennis Stock – the first Americans to join the young photo agency – and a full member in 1954.

Glinn made his mark with spectacular color series on the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico and California. His reportages have appeared in Esquire, Geo, Travel and Leisure, Fortune, Life and Paris-Match. He has covered such monumental news events as the Sinai War, the US Marine invasion of Lebanon, and Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba.

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