When you grow up in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s being gay, it not only ain’t easy, it’s just impossible. You cannot do it. (He learned growing up) that being gay was the worst thing you can possibly be. I assumed there was something terribly wrong with me. And even becoming famous and all that, it was still there.”
— 80-year-old acting veteran Richard Chamberlain discussing in a New York Times profile why he waited to come out publicly as gay with the release of his 2003 memoir Shattered Love.