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date: 23 October 2020

Clift, Montgomerylocked

(17 October 1920–23 July 1966)
  • Dorothy Kish

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Clift, Montgomery (17 October 1920–23 July 1966), actor, was born Edward Montgomery Clift in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of William Brooks Clift, a banker and investment broker, and Ethel Anderson. When Clift was four, his father became sales manager of a Chicago brokerage firm and moved the family to suburban Highland Park, which served as home base while Mrs. Clift traveled extensively with the children. In 1925 she took Monty, as he was called, his twin sister, and his older brother on the first of several European sojourns to experience Old World culture. To this end, she imposed an unwavering educational and cultural regimen. A private tutor in St. Moritz, visits to the Louvre, concerts at Salzburg, and frequent attendance at opera, theater, and ballet gave Clift a liberal education in the arts and proficiency in French and German; yet his childhood was lonely and not fondly remembered. As an adult, he refused to discuss his early years, noting in an interview: “My childhood was hobgoblin—my parents traveled a lot. That’s all I can remember.”...

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