Partner Tennessee Williams

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Frank Merlo (1922 – September 21, 1963) was an actor, known for Rustlers Round-Up (1946), Buzzy Rides the Range (1940) and Buzzy and the Phantom Pinto (1941). He died on September 21, 1963.

Joseph Alsop had an extended affair in the 1940s with Frank Merlo, a sailor later beloved as well of Tennessee Williams. but the difficulties of sustaining the relationship only underline how difficult Alsop's position made such a thing.

Merlo met his long-term partner Tennessee Williams in the summer of 1948. Though separated briefly in 1961 and again in 1962, the two were partners for 15 years. Merlo acted as Williams' personal manager/secretary.

"On September 21, 1963, Frank Merlo died--my second skin, my second heart, the warm, simple, sweet partner who understood me without accepting all of what I gave and all that I had. Frank Merlo loved me. Frank Merlo died surrounded by cups containing all that he had brought forward in pain and rejection, but none of it was anger or fear: All of that was inside of me. Frank Merlo died, and I walked and talked and wrote things down and kept appointments and all of the outward signs of living and being." Tennessee Williams

Victor Campbell on Twitter: "Frank Merlo and Tennessee Williams. Photo by Clifford  Coffin in 1949."
Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams 1911-83) Playwright London, 15 June 1948 Vintage print Vogue, The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

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