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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.

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

March 06 2019 11:28 AM

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

February 08 2017 11:10 AM

The actor lived in a time when coming out would have decimated his career.

April 15 2015 1:10 PM

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

February 03 2015 1:46 PM

Turning AIDS into a punchline

June 04 2014 9:30 AM

Plus: k.d. lang on joining the cast of After Midnight

February 17 2014 9:37 AM

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

July 25 2013 9:16 AM