Hudson was also eventually outed as gay — which close friends knew for decades, but kept hidden from the public. Within a week he prepared several letters to past sexual partners. He was too weak to make a decision. Go and give it to the dogs. President Reagan called to check up on the actor after it was learned Hudson had been rushed to a hospital following his sudden collapse in France, where he had gone for undercover treatments of the antiviral HPA, then unavailable in the United States. The only way to get an emaciated Hudson back to his home in L.
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He walked out and down the street. He looked back once. That was it. He offered me a beer, but nothing happened. I was too scared.
10 Secrets of Rock Hudson's Heartbreaking Final Days
The star of Magnificent Obsession, Pillow Talk and TV's McMillan And Wife, his conquests were overshadowed by the studio executives and directors he was obliged to sleep with to advance his career - the industry's dirty little secret decades before claims Harvey Weinstein employed such sexual coercion. Now a new book lifts the lid on Hudson's hedonistic life, revealing the love child he tragically ignored and how he considered his death his "shining hour" by facing his illness with courage and grace. Even when he was an established star he would still give sexual favours to studio chiefs if it would win him a coveted role. In fact he was bisexual until late in life especially if it would further his career. Rock loved women and he loved sex.
Perhaps it is the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, and her connection to Rock Hudson, that brings this memory back again. Or maybe the memory still brings back fear and melancholy, so repeating it here feels like sharing my favorite ghost story…. Over and over, footage of Rock Hudson standing next to Doris Day was playing on television, and he looked ghastly. His skin was wrinkled and sunken as if by very old age.