𝙰𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙲𝚘𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝙶𝚞𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝟷𝟻, 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚊 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚜 “𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝" 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚘𝚢𝚜, 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 - 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝙹𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚗, 𝙹𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝙵𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚊, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙱𝚞𝚛𝚝 𝚁𝚎𝚢𝚗𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚜. 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 — 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝙰𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚞𝚛 𝙰𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚠 𝙶𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚗 — 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚞𝚙 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚎𝚛-𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝙷𝚎𝚗𝚛𝚢 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜𝚘𝚗. 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚁𝚘𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚝 𝚆𝚊𝚐𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚁𝚘𝚌𝚔 𝙷𝚞𝚍𝚜𝚘𝚗. ”𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚏 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗,” 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚊𝚢𝚜.
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