The next chapter in MagellanStraits Vintage Photo series is one that is sure to rekindle your grandparents flames for Rock Hudson. Going from one line in his first picture ‘Fighter Squadron’ (1948), to becoming an Oscar nominee for his role working along side Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Giant’ (1956) with his tall build, good looks and sexy voice Rock was the ideal leading man for any picture. He was famously married to Phyllis Gates and throughout his career was made to hide his homosexuality from the world so that he could continuously be portrayed as a heartthrob actor.
Until sadly Rock was the first major public figure to announce that he had been infected by the aids virus. His worldwide search for a cure drew international attention. Until he lost his battle against the virus on 2nd October 1985. His death was a great loss to the world of film but he remains an undeniable example of individual’s having to hide their true sexuality in the industry.
Contributor: Guy Hough
Images courtesy of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
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