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Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson was an American actor and Hollywood Golden Age heartthrob. He is most famously known for his roles in such films as Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), Giant (1956) and Pillow Talk (1959). Although he played the leading man on screen, he was also known by many to be gay. He completed nearly 70 films and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned over four decades. He was famously friends with first lady Nancy Reagan while Ronald Reagan was in office. Rock Hudson became the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness when he passed in 1985.

Rock Hudson Is Getting a Biopic. Hollywood, Don’t Mess This Up

Stories about queer, HIV-positive stars haven't always been handled the best.

Remembering James Dean on His 86th Birthday

A look back at the youth icon and his widely discussed sexuality

Nancy Reagan Refused to Help Dying Rock Hudson Get Last-Ditch AIDS Treatment

Hudson reached out about a transfer to a French military hospital to undergo an experimental treatment for the disease. The Reagan White House declined.

Did You Hear the One...

Turning AIDS into a punchline

Today in Gay History: Rock Hudson Has AIDS

Actor's July 25, 1985 announcement changed the world.

Rock Hudson & Judy Garland Secrets Beyond the Grave

A 'gay confession' from Rock Hudson, plus JFK and Marilyn Monroe having sex and where Judy Garland hid her pills

Palm Springs Gay History Revealed

"It was the sexual freedom that was the most popular draw of Palm Springs..."

Ready to Rock

Rock Hudson's estate is auctioning off possessions of the late actor

James Dean's Secret Gay Past Revealed

New film tackles 'Giant' star's taste for men