English Patient Skirt-Chaser Was Actually Gay

New letter reveals truth about Count Laszlo
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2010 12:02 PM CDT
English Patient Skirt-Chaser Was Actually Gay
Ralph Fiennes stars as Count Laszlo de Alm?sy, alongside Kristen Scott Thomas as Katherine Clifton in this scene from "The English Patient."   (Associated Press)

Count Laszlo de Almásy, the Hungarian adventurer depicted as a carousing ladies' man in The English Patient, was gay, according to love letters recently discovered in Germany. The letters show that Almásy had relationships with everyone from a Wehrmacht officer to Egyptian princes, according to the Heinrich Barth Institute for African Studies in Cologne. The letters also reveal that he died of amoebic dysentery rather than a morphine overdose, as the film character does. (Read more gay stories.)

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