Acting on the stage since he was a boy, Clift first appeared on-screen in The Search (1948) and promptly earned an Oscar nod, followed by two more nominations for A Place in the Sun (1951) and From Here to Eternity (1953). But his sky-rocketing career was compromised with a near-fatal car accident that left him partially disfigured and paralyzed, a tragedy that invited his personal demons to take over.
Clift earned one more Oscar nomination for his performance in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) before playing a famous psychiatrist in Freud (1962) and starring in his last film, The Defector, in 1966. He died of a heart attack that same year at the age of 45.
In Tennessee Williams's tale of sexual repression set in 1937 New Orleans, rich widow Mrs. Venable (Katharine Hepburn) is distraught over the death of her son Sebastian during his vacation to Europe, where the two had traveled together every summer. This time, Sebastian had taken his cousin Catherine (Elizabeth Taylor), who appears to go mad the day Sebastian dies. Dr. Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) is called in to assess her mental state.