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Rock Hudson

Hudson with Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959)

Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. His announcement, and subsequent death from the disease at the age of only 59, brought the disease and HIV into the mainstream of American consciousness.

Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. His good looks and strapping size got him a Hollywood audition, and some capped teeth and a name change got him a small part in the forgettable 1948 film Fighter Squadron. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. Many consider his performance as the elderly New York City banker Arthur Hamilton turned young Malibu painter Tony Wilson in the 1966 science fiction film by director John Frankenheimer,Seconds, as the finest of his career. From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC.

Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. The couple divorced in 1958. The studio was likely using this sham marriage in order to cover Hudson's homosexuality, which would have made him box office poison at the time if it were made known. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life.

Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won.

Hudson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd.


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Hudson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd. Because of a dispute between the family and the cemetery his remains were removed and then scattered in the Pacific. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. His original burial location was near that of Marilyn Monroe. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. He was cremated on Christmas Day of 1984, and was then originally buried in L.A.

The studio was likely using this sham marriage in order to cover Hudson's homosexuality, which would have made him box office poison at the time if it were made known. Lawford died in Los Angeles in 1984 of liver and kidney disease. The couple divorced in 1958. He also had a recurring role on The Doris Day Show. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. Lawford was reduced to doing television guest shots on such shows as Fantasy Island, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Profiles In Courage, The Wild Wild West, I Spy, The Name Of The Game, The Jeffersons, The Virginian and Hawaii Five O. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Such abuse, plus strained relationships with others, and financial difficulties caused a great deal of strain on his already fragile health.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. Later in life, Lawford had fallen into drug and alcohol abuse. Many consider his performance as the elderly New York City banker Arthur Hamilton turned young Malibu painter Tony Wilson in the 1966 science fiction film by director John Frankenheimer,Seconds, as the finest of his career. Sinatra's feelings were such that once when he learned that Peter Lawford was in the audience he was about to perform in front of that he refused to come out until Lawford and his wife were removed from the audience. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. The two were later reconciled, but Sinatra later permanently broke off the friendship. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. But Sinatra refused to speak with Lawford for a number of years.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. Lawford's friends managed to convince Sinatra that nothing was going on between Gardner and Lawford. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. However Sinatra had threatened him with bodily harm when he learned that Lawford had lunch with Ava Gardner. His good looks and strapping size got him a Hollywood audition, and some capped teeth and a name change got him a small part in the forgettable 1948 film Fighter Squadron. Lawford was close to Frank Sinatra for a number of years. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Kennedy are reported to have visited Marilyn Monroe on the day she died, although this is not known for sure.

His announcement, and subsequent death from the disease at the age of only 59, brought the disease and HIV into the mainstream of American consciousness. He and his brother-in-law Robert F. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. His fourth wife, whom he married in 1984, was Patricia Seaton. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. They divorced in 1977. He married his third wife, Deborah Gould in 1976.

They divorced in 1975. He married his scond wife, Mary Rowan, daughter of Dan Rowan, in 1971. They divorced in 1966. They had four children, including actor Christopher Lawford.

Kennedy, in 1954. He married his first wife, Patricia Kennedy, sister to President John F. He married four times. Lawford, along with the other members of the Rat Pack helped to campaign for Kennedy and the Democratic party.

Kennedy. Lawford became an American citizen in 1960, in time to vote for his brother-in-law John F. Prior to the war, Lawford had a gained a contract position with the MGM studios. The arm injury kept him from being drafted into the armed forces for the Second World War.

In childhood he severely injured his arm. Doctors were able to save the arm, but the injury bothered him for many years. Born in London, the son of actor Sidney Lawford and his (eventual) wife, Mary Aylen, née Somerville, he spent his early childhood in France, and began acting as a child. Peter Sydney Lawford (September 7, 1923 - December 24, 1984) was a Hollywood actor and member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack," more noted for his off-screen activities than for his acting. Angels Revenge - 1979.

Campbell - 1969. Buona Sera, Mrs. Salt and Pepper - 1968 (costarring fellow "Rat Pack" member Sammy Davis, Jr.). The Longest Day - 1962.

Advise and Consent - 1962. Ocean's Eleven - 1960 (appearing with other members of the "Rat Pack"). Exodus - 1960. Royal Wedding - 1951.

Little Women - 1949. Easter Parade - 1948. Good News - 1947. Son of Lassie - 1945.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - 1945 (his father also appeared in this film). Parkington - 1944. Mrs. The Canterville Ghost - 1944.

The White Cliffs of Dover - 1944.

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