Deathiversary: Gil Scott-Heron (May 27, 2011)

π™Άπš’πš• πš‚πšŒπš˜πšπš-π™·πšŽπš›πš˜πš— (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) πšœπš˜πšžπš• πšŠπš—πš πš“πšŠπš£πš£ πš™πš˜πšŽπš, πš–πšžπšœπš’πšŒπš’πšŠπš—, πšŠπš—πš πšŠπšžπšπš‘πš˜πš›, πš”πš—πš˜πš πš— πš™πš›πš’πš–πšŠπš›πš’πš•πš’ πšπš˜πš› πš‘πš’πšœ πš πš˜πš›πš” 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 πšœπš™πš˜πš”πšŽπš—-πš πš˜πš›πš πš™πšŽπš›πšπš˜πš›πš–πšŽπš› πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ 𝟷𝟿𝟽𝟢𝚜 πšŠπš—πš 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟢𝚜, πšπš’πšŽπšœ πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŠπšπšπšŽπš›πš—πš˜πš˜πš— 𝚘𝚏 π™ΌπšŠπš’ 𝟸𝟽, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟷, πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πš‹πšŽπšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—πš πš’πš•πš• πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš›πšŽπšπšžπš›πš—πš’πš—πš πšπš›πš˜πš– 𝚊 π™΄πšžπš›πš˜πš™πšŽπšŠπš— πšπš›πš’πš™. πš‚πšŒπš˜πšπš-π™·πšŽπš›πš˜πš— πšŒπš˜πš—πšπš’πš›πš–πšœ πš™πš›πšŽπšŸπš’πš˜πšžπšœ πš™πš›πšŽπšœπšœ πšœπš™πšŽπšŒπšžπš•πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš‘πš’πšœ πš‘πšŽπšŠπš•πšπš‘ πš πš‘πšŽπš— πš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšœπšŒπš•πš˜πšœπšŽπšœ πš’πš— 𝚊 𝟸𝟢𝟢𝟾 π™½πšŽπš  πšˆπš˜πš›πš” π™ΌπšŠπšπšŠπš£πš’πš—πšŽ πš’πš—πšπšŽπš›πšŸπš’πšŽπš  πšπš‘πšŠπš πš‘πšŽ πš’πšœ π™·π™Έπš…-πš™πš˜πšœπš’πšπš’πšŸπšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŸπš˜πš•πšžπšπš’πš˜πš— πš πš’πš•πš• πš—πš˜πš πš‹πšŽ πšπšŽπš•πšŽπšŸπš’πšœπšŽπš.

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Deathiversary Part 2: Rock Hudson

Throughout his career, numerous magazines declared Rock Hudson "Star of the Year" and β€œFavorite 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.

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Deathiversary: Rock Hudson

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 exposΓ© 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 

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Antony Hamilton (May 4, 1952 – March 29, 1995)

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 β€œCover 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 β€œCover 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 β€œMission: Impossible.” On March 29, 1995, Hamilton dies from AIDS-related pneumonia in Los Angeles. Today would’ve been Hamilton’s 66th birthday.

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