𝙶𝚒𝚕 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚝𝚝-𝙷𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚗 (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) 𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚓𝚊𝚣𝚣 𝚙𝚘𝚎𝚝, 𝚖𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚗, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚛, 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚔𝚎𝚗-𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚍 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝟷𝟿𝟽𝟶𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟶𝚜, 𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚘𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝙼𝚊𝚢 𝟸𝟽, 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟷, 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚊 𝙴𝚞𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚙. 𝚂𝚌𝚘𝚝𝚝-𝙷𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚗 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚖𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚞𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟾 𝙽𝚎𝚠 𝚈𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝙼𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝙷𝙸𝚅-𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚘𝚕𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚎𝚍.
Throughout his career, numerous magazines declared Rock Hudson "Star of the Year" and “Favorite Leading Man.” Hudson appeared in nearly 70 films and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned more than four decades. In 1956 he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Giant" - alongside James Dean. Hudson died from AIDS-related complications in 1985, becoming the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.
Rock Hudson died on this day in 1985. While Hudson’s career developed, Hudson and his agent Henry Willson kept the actor's personal life out of the headlines. In 1955, Confidential magazine threatened to publish an exposé about Hudson's secret homosexuality. Willson stalled this by disclosing information about two of his other clients. Willson provided information about Rory Calhoun's years in prison and the arrest of Tab Hunter at a party in 1950. Hudson's homosexuality was well known in Hollywood throughout his career, and former co-stars Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Saint James claimed that they knew of his homosexuality, as did Carol Burnett
Ever since Tab Hunter’s death, I’ve been obsessing over photos of Anthony Perkins - Hunter’s boyfriend for 3 years. Perkins was so beautiful.
Speaking of Jon-Erik Hexum… English-born Australian actor, Antony Hamilton, begins his career as a ballet dancer with the Australian Ballet. He stops dancing at 20 to pursue a career as a model. Hamilton later says: "Dancing was too confining and regimented for me. I became a model not because I was interested in fashion or styles, but because I knew it was a good way to see the world. It gave me independence. The money was good too.” After signing with a London modeling agency, he works extensively as a model in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, becoming a favorite subject of world-famous photographers such as Richard Avedon and Bruce Weber, often working with designers such as Gianni Versace, and frequently appearing in magazines such as Vogue and GQ. Hamilton begins taking acting classes in an effort to expand his career. Later that same year, he is offered the lead in the TV show “Cover Up” after the series' previous star, Jon-Erik Hexum, dies after an on-set accident in October 1984. Hamilton had known Hexum having previously met him at an acting class when they both lived in New York. They shared the same acting coach and also competed for the same roles. Hamilton initially has misgivings about taking the role but ultimately accepts. Hamilton's first episode airs on November 24, 1984. After Hexum's death, the series struggles in the ratings and CBS cancels “Cover Up” the following year. After the cancellation, Hamilton is in talks to replace Roger Moore as the new James Bond in the 007 film series. Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli is reportedly hesitant to cast Hamilton as the womanizing James Bond because, in real life, Hamilton is gay - Timothy Dalton is ultimately cast as 1980’s Bond. In 1988, Hamilton lands a role in the ’88 revival of “Mission: Impossible.” On March 29, 1995, Hamilton dies from AIDS-related pneumonia in Los Angeles. Today would’ve been Hamilton’s 66th birthday.