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Rock Hudson's tricks
14 December 2017.

Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star - gorgeous, manly, sufficiently talented, charming, and hung. The whole world loved him. What they didn't know at the time was that Rock Hudson was gay. And not just any kind of gay, but a real slut, who had sex almost daily and racked up numbers in the thousands. Studio head Ed Muhl once said, "Rock … saw sexual intercourse as little more than a handshake."

Rock Hudson: Erotic Fire is the new tell-all biography from Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince of Blood Moon Productions. It is juicy beyond words. Born Roy Fitzgerald, Rock started doing bit parts in the '50s, at one point even playing an Indian chief. But when he began working with director Douglas Sirk, some sort of magic happened. The movies, glossy melodramas like All That Heaven Allows and Magnificent Obsession, made him the top romantic star of the time. He reached his peak with a Best Actor nomination for George Stevens' epic Giant, then broke box office records when he teamed up with Doris Day for Pillow Talk.

Rock enjoyed a 30 year career in both movies and TV, but he was forced into a silly sexless marriage with Willson's secretary Phyllis Gates, herself a lesbian. ("Both Phyllis and Rock asked that the word 'obey' be removed from their vows.") Of course the marriage was a Hollywood joke. Debbie Reynolds reportedly said "When he got married, the whole industry laughed itself silly." Gates herself said that she brought Rock to a psychiatrist who told her "Your husband has the emotional development of an eight-year-old." 

Rock worked constantly, but one day his old friend First Lady Nancy Reagan noticed a blotch on his neck. Later examination revealed it to be karposi sarcoma, and Rock Hudson spent the last years of his life unsuccessfully treating and hiding the fact that he had AIDS. In 1985, the world's most famous movie star became the world's most famous person with AIDS.

Most biographies provide all the standard facts, and this one is no different, but only the DPs can provide this sort of information, about Rock's encounter with Psycho star Anthony Perkins:
"Tony had this specialty. He fills his mouth with the hottest water he can stand. Then he goes down on you. He calls it a 'hot flash'." 

So. Not only did the book teach me a lot about Rock Hudson, I also learned something that I'm going to try out later tonight. 

 

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