This is the first full account of Rock Hudson’s career and private life to appear since his death in 1985. With frankness, David Bret discusses every aspect of the actor’s life: his painful childhood, his scores of male lovers, the constant pressures of concealing his homosexuality from the press, and four decades of box-office success. Drawn from new material—including candid interviews given by Hudson himself and withdrawn until after his death—Bret’s portrait of this warm-hearted actor also sheds light on his later life. Rock Hudson was the first major public figure to announce he had AIDS, and his search for a cure drew international attention. After his death, his long-time lover successfully sued his estate, again calling attention to the homosexuality the star had hidden for most of his career.