All That Heaven Allows

A Biography of Rock Hudson
Harper (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 16. November 2018
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 496 Seiten
978-0-06-240885-3 (ISBN)
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.

As an Oscar-nominated leading man, Hudson won acclaim for his performances in glossy melodramas (Magnificent Obsession), western epics (Giant) and blockbuster bedroom farces (Pillow Talk). In the `70s and `80s, Hudson successfully transitioned to television; his long-running series McMillan & Wife and a recurring role on Dynasty introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.

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. Growing up poor in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson 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. After signing with the powerful but predatory agent Henry Willson, the young hopeful was transformed from a clumsy, tongue-tied truck driver into Universal Studio's resident Adonis. 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, not only by scandal sheets like Confidential but 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, All That Heaven Allows finally delivers 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. And here, for the first time, is an in-depth exploration of Hudson's classic films, including Written on the Wind, A Farewell to Arms, and the cult favorite Seconds. 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.
  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Höhe: 198 mm
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  • Breite: 128 mm
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  • Dicke: 21 mm
  • 270 gr
978-0-06-240885-3 (9780062408853)
0062408852 (0062408852)
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Mark Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. Griffin, whose writing has appeared in scores of publications, including The Boston Globe, recently appeared in the documentary Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance. He lives in Maine.
"At once the luckiest and unluckiest of men, Rock Hudson finally has the book that his fans have long been waiting for. This richly detailed biography is a revelation. Mark Griffin's thoughtful and compelling All That Heaven Allows isn't simply a book about one of the most determined and hard-working movie stars in the history of Hollywood, it also happens to be an insightful look at America in the second half of the 20th Century. Read it and weep." -- <strong>Sam Kashner, co-author of <em>The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters</em> and the <em>New York Times </em>Bestseller, <em>Furious Love</em></strong> "Rock Hudson's life story mingles the American Dream with nightmarish tragedy. This exhaustively researched book reconstructs the magnificent charade of a screen idol whose double life informed his haunting persona." -- <strong>Patrick McGilligan, author of <em>Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to </em>Citizen Kane</strong> "Rock Hudson was the last machine-made movie star, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Audiences sensed Hudson's basic kindness and responded with a loyalty that never wavered despite his predominantly passive career choices. All That Heaven Allows breaks new ground in its revelatory reporting on Hudson's private life and, most important, in empathy for its subject." -- <strong>Scott Eyman, author of <em>John Wayne: The Life and Legend</em> and <em>Hank and Jim</em></strong> "Mark Griffin paints a vivid portrait of a man who lived a double life in order to maintain his status as a movie star. Griffin's sources are candid but credible, which makes the book a real page-turner. I came away admiring Hudson all the more, and feeling sad for the secret existence that Hollywood demanded of its leading men in the 1950s and 60s." -- <strong>Leonard Maltin, </strong><strong>author of <em>Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom</em></strong>

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