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All that heaven allows : a biography of Rock Hudson / Mark Griffin.

Griffin, Mark, 1968- author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780062408853
  • ISBN: 0062408852
  • Physical Description: xxii, 469 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note: Soon to be a major motion picture.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-455) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Winnetka -- Green gin -- A unique appeal -- Universal -- "We want Hudson!" -- Double technicolor -- Is Rock Hudson afraid of marriage? -- Giant -- Written on the wind -- A farewell to arms -- The tarnished angels -- Pillow talk -- Strange bedfellows -- Seconds -- Whistling away the dark -- McMillan & wife -- Blue snow -- Christian -- This is your life.
Summary, etc.: Draws on dozens of insider interviews in a portrait of the iconic Oscar nominee that discusses his traumatic childhood, sexual orientation and awareness-raising battle with AIDS.
The icon worshiped by moviegoers and beloved by his colleagues appeared to have it all. Yet beneath the suave and commanding star persona, there was an insecure, deeply conflicted, and all too vulnerable human being. Growing up poor in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was abandoned by his biological father, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, and controlled by his domineering mother. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Hudson was determined to become an actor at all costs. After signing with the powerful but predatory agent Henry Willson, the young hopeful was transformed from a clumsy, tongue-tied truck driver into Universal Studio's resident Adonis. In a more conservative era, Hudson's wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. As a result of his gay relationships and clandestine affairs, Hudson was continually threatened with public exposure, not only by scandal sheets like Confidential but by a number of his own partners. For years, Hudson dodged questions concerning his private life, but in 1985 the public learned that the actor was battling AIDS. The disclosure that such a revered public figure had contracted the illness focused worldwide attention on the epidemic. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions, All That Heaven Allows finally delivers a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history.
Worshiped by moviegoers and beloved by his colleagues, Hudson appeared to have it all. He grew up poor in Winnetka, Illinois; was abandoned by his biological father, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, and controlled by his domineering mother. After signing with the powerful but predatory agent Henry Willson, Hudson was transformed, gaining a wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. In 1985 the public learned that the actor was battling AIDS. Griffin draws on interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions to create a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history. -- adapted from information provided.
"'It was just the way things were in Hollywood. ... You were expected to keep secrets, just as you were expected to learn your lines. Nobody said anything to you but it was all understood ... this is how the game is played.' Devastatingly handsome and clean-cut, Rock Hudson played the game better than anybody. The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American cinema throughout the 1950s and '60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood. The star of Giant and Pillow Talk was worshipped by adoring fans and beloved by all who worked with him. The quintessential matinee idol made movie love to Elizabeth Taylor and Doris Day, jetted between exotic film locations, and hosted A-list parties in his sprawling mansion. Wherever he went, Rock Hudson made headlines, though much of what has been written about him has either been incomplete or unreliable. Here, at last, is the definitive biography of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history. Featuring interviews with Carol Burnett, Joel Grey, Piper Laurie, Jack Scalia, Claudia Cardinale, Armistead Maupin, Arlene Dahl, and Robert Osborne, All That Heaven Allows includes new insights from friends, family members, and former partners. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, biographer Mark Griffin tells the icon's complete story. All That Heaven Allows reveals that keeping secrets was a way of life for Rock Hudson. As a child, he silently endured parental abandonment and abuse. As a young man, he had some of his first same-sex encounters while serving in the Navy. Although fraught with risk, Hudson's gay affairs would continue even after he achieved stardom. In a more conservative era, Hudson's homosexuality was thought to be at odds with his straight-arrow image. While careful to keep his male companions out of the spotlight, Rock was continuously threatened with public exposure, not only by scandal sheets like Confidential but by a number of his own partners. Then, in 1985, came a shocking announcement: Hudson was battling AIDS. At the end of his life, the actor would assume his most important role, transcending his own celebrity by becoming the face of a global pandemic. In addition to providing new details concerning Hudson's troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian, Griffin presents compelling evidence that Hudson may have fathered a child during his Navy days. Meticulously researched, All That Heaven Allows offers a full-scale exploration of Hudson's immense body of work--on film, on television, and on stage. More than thirty years after his death, Rock Hudson's story--sensational, heartbreaking, and courageous--has finally been told."--Dust jacket.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 November #1
    Tall, chiseled, sultry Rock Hudson was box-office beefcake at the height of Hollywood's Golden Age. Through such epic sagas as Giant and swoon-worthy rom-coms like Pillow Talk, Hudson's debonair good looks, effortless charm, and stereotypical masculine swagger made him the talk of the town. Yet it was frequently what was going on in his off-screen life that threatened to generate headlines, and not in a good way. At a time when anything other than a healthy heterosexual lifestyle was career poison, Hudson's closeted homosexuality was one of Tinseltown's best-kept secrets, so much so that when he finally revealed his AIDS diagnosis shortly before his death in 1985, just before he would have turned 60, shock waves reverberated around the world. From his impoverished upbringing in an abusive, Depression-era home in Winnetka, Illinois, to his indefatigable efforts to forge a worthy career in movies, television, and theater, Hudson's rags-to-riches story is revealed by Griffin's comprehensive overview of Hudson's filmography as well as his frank but objective discussion of Hudson's complicated personal life. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Hudson, Rock, 1925-1985.
Hudson, Rock 1925-1985.
Gay men > Biography.
Motion picture actors and actresses > United States > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Rich & Famous.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LGBT.
Hudson, Rock, 1925-1985.
Motion picture actors and actresses.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Biographies.
Biography.

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