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
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)

(Newser) – 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.