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All that heaven allows: a biography of Rock Hudson / Mark Griffin.

Book Book ([2018])
Description: xxii, 469 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, photographs ; 24 cm
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
1 of 10 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 of 1 copy available at Wakefield. (Show preferred library)
2 current holds with 10 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Wakefield Adult NEW Nonfiction (Across from Circulation Desk) 791.43 HUDSON Griffin (Text to Phone) Checked out 02/02/2019
Beverly Bookmobile On Order Bookmobile On Order 475528 (Text to Phone) On order -
Beverly Main NEW PN 2287 .H75 G75 2018 (Text to Phone) Checked out 01/29/2019
Danvers Adult On Order On order (Text to Phone) On order -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction PN 2287 .H75 G75 2018 (Text to Phone) On holds shelf -
Marblehead Adult New Biography NEW BIO HUDSON, ROCK 2018 (Text to Phone) Checked out 01/29/2019
Peabody Main Adult New Nonfiction NEW PN 2287 .H75 G75 2018 (Text to Phone) Checked out 01/30/2019
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 791.43/GRIFFIN (Text to Phone) Checked out 01/31/2019
Swampscott Raymond Room Bio Hudson, R. (Text to Phone) Available -
Winthrop Adult Biographies 920 920 Hudson 2018 (Text to Phone) Checked out 01/20/2019

  • ISBN: 9780062408853
  • ISBN: 0062408852
  • Edition: First Edition.
Contents:
Introduction -- Winnetka -- Green gin -- A unique appeal -- Universal -- "We want Hudson!" -- Double technicolor -- Is Rock Hudson afraid of marriage? -- Giant -- Written on the wind -- A farewell to arms -- The tarnished angels -- Pillow talk -- Strange bedfellows -- SEconds -- Whistling away the dark -- McMillan & wife -- Blue snow -- Christian -- This is your life.
Summary:
The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood's Golden Age. Devastatingly handsome, broad-shouldered and clean-cut, Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star. The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the '50s and '60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood and successfully transitioned to television in the '70s and '80s. The icon worshipped by moviegoers and beloved by his colleagues appeared to have it all. Yet beneath the suave and commanding star persona, there was an insecure, deeply conflicted, and all too vulnerable human being who grew up poor, was abandoned by his biological father, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, and controlled by his domineering mother. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Hudson was determined to become an actor at all costs. In a more conservative era, Hudson's wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. As a result of his gay relationships and clandestine affairs, Hudson was continually threatened with public exposure, by scandal sheets and by a number of his own partners. For years, Hudson dodged questions concerning his private life, but in 1985 the public learned that the actor was battling AIDS. The disclosure that such a revered public figure had contracted the illness focused worldwide attention on the epidemic. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions, this is a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history. Author Mark Griffin provides new details concerning Hudson's troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian, as well as an in-depth exploration of Hudson's classic films. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.
Alternate Title: Biography of Rock Hudson
Citation: Griffin, Mark. "All that heaven allows: a biography of Rock Hudson." New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.

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