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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.
. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. Partial filmography:. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. He is retired and living in the south of France. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Louis Jourdan has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6153 and 6445 Hollywood Blvd.

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. Louis Henry Jourdan was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. The couple divorced in 1958. Tragedy struck when his son died of a drug overdose in 1981. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. In later years, Jourdan appeared in a number of films, playing the part of the villain, including 1977's Count Dracula and in the 1983 James Bond film, Octopussy, he was cast as "Kamal Khan," a Bond villain. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. The film earned nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. However, he is best remembered as the romantic lead opposite Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier in the 1958 film version of the Colette novel, Gigi. 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. During the 1950s, Louis Jourdan made several international films including playing the male lead in La Mariée est trop belle opposite Brigitte Bardot. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. television debut as Inspector Beaumont in the series "Paris Precinct". During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. He returned to Broadway for a short run in 1955 and that year made his U.S.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. After a number of American films, his most notable work was in the 1954 light-hearted comedy-romance, Three Coins in the Fountain following which he made his Broadway debut in the lead role in the Billy Rose drama, The Immoralist. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. There, he became friends with several stars who shared his love of the game of croquet. 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. In 1947, Jourdan accepted an offer from a Hollywood studio to appear in The Paradine Case, an Alfred Hitchcock drama starring Gregory Peck. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. After the 1944 liberation of France by the Allies, Louis Jourdan married Berthe Frederique with whom he had a son.

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. Following the German occupation of France during World War II, he continued to make films but after refusing to participate in Nazi propaganda films, he joined the French Resistance. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. He made his film debut in 1939. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Born Louis Gendre in Marseille, France, he was educated in France, Turkey and England and trained as an actor at the Ecole Dramatique. Louis Jourdan (born June 19, 1919) is a French actor, known chiefly for his suave manner and good looks.

Le Corsaire (1939). La Comédie du bonheur (1940). Premier rendez-vous (Her First Affair) (1941). Parade en sept nuits (1941).

La Belle aventure (Twilight) (1942). Les Petites du quai aux fleurs (1944). La Vie de bohème (1945). The Paradine Case (1947).

Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948). Madame Bovary (1949). Bird of Paradise (1951). Decameron Nights (1953).

Paris Precinct (1953) TV Series. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954). The Swan (1956). Julie (1956).

La Mariée est trop belle (Her Bridal Night) (1956). Escapade (1957). Dangerous Exile (1957). Gigi (1958).

The Best of Everything (1959). Can-Can (1960). Le Comte de Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) (1961). Le Vergini di Roma (1961) (Amazons of Rome) (1963).

Leviathan (1962). The V.I.P.s (1963). Made in Paris (1966). Les Sultans (1966).

Cervantes (1967). To Die in Paris (1968) (TV). Fear No Evil (1969) (TV). Ritual of Evil (1970) (TV).

The Great American Beauty Contest (1973) (TV). The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) (TV). Count Dracula (1977) (TV). Silver Bears (1978).

The French Atlantic Affair (1979) TV Mini-series. Double Deal (1981). Swamp Thing (1982). Escape to Love (1982).

Octopussy (1983). Cover Up (1984) (TV). Beverly Hills Madam (1986) (TV). Grand Larceny (1987).

Escuadrón (1987) (Counterforce) (1987). The Return of Swamp Thing (1989). Year of the Comet (1992).

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