All That Heaven Allows : A Biography of Rock Hudson
by Griffin, Mark

Author's Notexi
1 Winnetka
2 Green Gin
3 A Unique Appeal
4 Universal
5 "We Want Hudson!"
6 Double Technicolor
7 Is Rock Hudson Afraid Of Marriage?
8 Giant
9 Written On The Wind
10 A Farewell To Arms
11 The Tarnished Angels
12 Pillow Talk
13 Strange Bedfellows
14 Seconds
15 Whistling Away The Dark
16 McMillan & Wife
17 Blue Snow
18 Christian
19 This Is Your Life

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. By the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things. 40,000 first printing.

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.

A thoughtful exploration of the career and elusive private life of Rock Hudson (1925-1985).It's surprising that in the three decades since Hudson's death, there has been little written about him that could be considered comprehensive. Previous biographies came from past lovers and friends, and each seemed to have an agenda, often salacious. Griffin (A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli, 2010) goes a long way toward rectifying this issue, casting a respectful light on some fresh as well as familiar details. The author begins with Hudson's difficult childhood: Born Roy Scherer, he and his mother were abandoned by his father when he was just 5, and his mother would eventually remarry an abusive alcoholic. Griffin then moves on to his various jobs and his brief stint in the Navy before he arrived in Hollywood. Like Hudson's friend Marilyn Monroe, his early recognition in Hollywood was largely attributed to his exceptional good looks, and he als o experienced sexual exploitation on his path to stardom. He was taken under the wing of the powerful yet notoriously lecherous agent Henry Willson. After appearing in several largely forgettable films and signing a long-term contract with Universal Studios, Hudson established his mark as an accomplished actor and romantic lead under the guidance of talented directors such as Douglas Sirk and George Stevens. Yet it wasn't until Pillow Talk (1959) that Hudson found his sweet spot as a versatile comedic actor. In the 1970s, he found renewed fame on TV as the star of the hit series McMillan & Wife. Griffin pays equal attention to Hudson's private life as a sexually active yet closeted gay man, and he explores his complex relationships with both sexes. Throughout, he provides a balanced, multifaceted view of his subject. By the end of his life, having disclosed his exposure to HIV, his professional and private lives were forced to merge. Yet his death would bring much-needed recognition and funding to the AIDS epidemic. An engrossing and carefully documented account of a beloved film icon's life. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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