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Rock Hudson reigned in the late 1950s and early ‘60s as “Hollywood's greatest ambisexual swordsman,” seducing icons who included Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Joan Crawford, and Lauren Bacall, as well as hundreds of other lesser-known players willing to share some “Pillow Talk.” Mamie Van Doren, one of Hollywood's bustiest, most provocative, and most promiscuous bombshells, asserted loudly that “the boulder that Rock's agent named him after was a big one.”

Just released from the Navy, the muscled, 6'4” hunk, then known as Roy Fitzgerald, arrived in Hollywood with a clear understanding of what he wanted: “I don't want to be an actor…I want to be a movie star! And I don't give a damn how many casting couches I have to lie on!” To that end, between gigs as a truck driver, he donned very tight, faded jeans and seductively stationed himself near the entrances of such studios as Warners and Universal. Eventually, he was “discovered.”

Eventually, he was assigned roles in a string of B-pictures, playing handsome Apaches, easy-on-the-eyes sea captains, and drop-dead gorgeous “Ordinary Joes” whose charm moviegoers remembered way beyond the limited scale of his roles. Meanwhile, power players in Hollywood clamored for him up close and personal, too. According to Yvonne de Carlo, “Rock was predatory after midnight.”

Stardom finally arrived based on a performance opposite Jane Wyman (she had divorced Ronald Reagan) in that tear-jerking melodrama,Magnificent Obsession(1954). Replicating her passion offscreen, she demanded (unsuccessfully) that he marry her.

Hudson had already been defined as “the sexiest man alive” when he was assigned the role of a Texas cattle rancher inGiant (1956).During its filming in the dusty hamlet of Marfa, Texas, he sustained affairs with both Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean.

Three eventful years later, his status as one of the most popular (and most consistently profitable) actors in Hollywood was reinforced, based on his co-starring performance opposite Doris Day in the spectacularly successful Pillow Talk(1959). Together, as a captivating duo, they went on to appear together in other “artfully campy” battles of the sexes.

Compiled as a memorial for the 30th anniversary of his death, Rock Hudson Erotic Fire is based on dozens of face-to-face interviews with Rock Hudson's friends, co-conspirators, and enemies. Researched over a period of a half century by Hollywood insider Darwin Porter, it reveals the secretive actor's complete, never-before-told story within a context of scandal-soaked and historic ironies, many of which have never been fully explored―until now.

Although maligned by the media because of the stigmas associated with his AIDS-related death, Rock showed inner courage and manly grace as he lay dying. “This is my shining hour,” he told his closest friends, as the media rushed to “Out” him as a “celebrity bisexual” who'd been stricken by the then-stigmatizing scourge.

Today, beloved by hordes of cultish fans and film buffs around the world, Rock Hudson is the often misunderstood (until now) Golden Icon of a glamorous bygone era.

1989 Interview With Rock Hudson's Ex-Lover Marc Christian

2/27/1989. Following Hudson's death, Marc Christian, Hudson's former lover, sued his estate on grounds of "intentional infliction of emotional distress". Chr...

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  • What did that house sell for? Real estate in the Tiers

    12/11/14 ,via Elmira Star-Gazette

    1012 Laurel St., to Bethany C. Wilson, $71,900. Anthony J. Marks and Nancy Marks, 976 Hudson Acres Drive, to Richard L. and Jennifer L. Mathews Jr., $192,553. Associates Royalty & Minerals LLC to Rock Oil Co. LLC, $2,604. WELLSBORO. Dorothy C.

  • Kate Hudson Goes Without Ring, Makeup After Matt Bellamy Split: Picture

    12/11/14 ,via Us Magazine

    Hudson, 35, was dressed down in faded torn jeans by Mavi, a plaid shirt, and a bundled sweater. She clipped her blonde hair high atop her head, and revealed a fresh makeup-free face. Noticeably missing from the Something Borrowed star's left ring

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RT @CHANNINGPOSTERS: Photo: all working at Universal Pictures in the early 1960s-Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck. http… 12/11/14, @juanamorvicente

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  • Rock Hudson

    Da Capo Press. 2014. ISBN: 9780786733460,0786733462. 234 pages.

    Written at Rock Hudson's request and with the cooperation of his closest friends, this is the definitive portrait of one of Hollywood's most enduring stars.

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  • Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy have split; three-year engagement is off

    12/09/14 ,via RedEye Chicago

    The two began dating in 2010, and Bellamy proposed in April 2011, with Matt Lauer the first to spy the big rock on Hudson's finger about a week later while she was on "Today" promoting "Something Borrowed." "This is new!" she confirmed on the "Today" show ...

  • Ouachita honors Dr. Loyde Hudson for gift of “timeless masterpieces”

    For that we will always be indebted.” Dr. Hudson, who holds degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, has been an innovator in the field of thoracic surgery. His expertise ...

  • Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy split: Hudson avoids divorce by ending engagement

    12/09/14 ,via Examiner

    Hudson has also raved about Hough in the past, telling Shape that her rock-hard figure could be partially attributed to her...er..."personal" sessions with the DWTS veteran. "My heart is really in contemporary jazz, but lately I've been ballroom dancing ...

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Rock Hudson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. ; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor. Although he was widely known as a leading man in the 1950s ...

Rock Hudson - IMDb

Rock Hudson, Actor: Giant. He was the son of an auto mechanic and a telephone operator who divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school ...

Рок Хадсон — Википедия

Рок Ха́дсон (англ. Rock Hudson , настоящее имя Рой Га́рольд Ше́рер-младший (Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.); 17 ...

Rock Hudson - Biography - IMDb

He was the son of an auto mechanic and a telephone operator who divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays ...

Rock Hudson (1925 - 1985)

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Rock Hudson (American actor)

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