- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperPaperbacks (December 6, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062408860
- ISBN-13: 978-0062408860
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
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All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson Paperback – 6 December 2019
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"Griffin has written a definitive biography, one that effectively toggles between gleeful gossip-dishing (as befits Hudson's era of film-world glitz) and a genuine affection and admiration for the man behind the screen presence."--Boston Globe
"All That Heaven Allows is by far the definitive biography Rock Hudson and his fans deserve.... Griffin offers an unforgettable, richly nuanced and psychologically intriguing portrait."--Shelf Awareness
"Like Rock Hudson's life -- marked by glory as a Hollywood star and pinup but also the lifelong shame of the closet and his AIDS-related death -- his afterlife was blessed and cursed in equal measure. Mark Griffin sets the balance right in a full, empathetic biography, sparing few details about the complicated life of a man who was born (and died) too soon."--Vulture
"In Mark Griffin's excellently captured biography of Rock Hudson, he offers not a sensationalistic portrait; but one that carries a heartfelt and realistic view of this actor, gay man, and glorious star of motion pictures. This is the best and most researched of the biographies on Hudson. Truly an expansive and honest book."--Rage Monthly
"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."--Sam Kashner, co-author of The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters and the New York Times bestseller Furious Love
"Exhaustive and empathetic.... Griffin fills in what's left to say [about Hudson's life] in between the lines with an impressive list of interviews with movie star friends, acquaintances and co-stars and also digs deep into private journals and correspondence."--USA Today
"Mark Griffin's perceptive and sympathetic biography All That Heaven Allows gives Hudson, both the movie star and the man, the kind of reassessment only time can allow."--Associated Press
"All That Heaven Allows is a rich and complex story of Hollywood's biggest star in its most golden age."--New York Journal of Books
"The hardest role Rock Hudson ever played was Rock Hudson. And he played it brilliantly. . . . Mark Griffin's All that Heaven Allows goes behind the scripted characters to tell the real story."--New York Daily News
"This juicy biography explores Hudson's rise to Hollywood fame, the extraordinary efforts to keep his sexuality a secret and the bombshell news of his AIDS diagnosis in the 1980s."--Newsday
About the Author
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.
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Rock Hudson was generally likeable but I have to say it was pretty apalling he cut his mother out of this life a year before she died, because he, Rock Hudson, couldnt stand to see her become frail and not the person her once knew. This is the attitude of a boy, an immature human being. Hudson displayed this behavior in many ways. The chain smoking, the alcoholism, the constant need for sexual gratification, the inability to form and maintain a lasting relationship. Not admirable qualities by any means.
I often wondered why Hudson bought a house in Newport beach and an elaborate boat and within a year he sold the boat and deeded the house to his mom. He was basically verbally gay bashed and forced to move. Very sad. Newport at that time (1961) was way too conservative and small townish and his experience in that time period was probably predictable.
When a book on a film star spends most of the pages reviewing in detail every film the actor was in you know that they are taking the easy way out and not really giving the reader an overall portrait. This book did that. 90 % of the book was rehashed material from previous publications but there was new info provided that was interesting. I was always curious about Hudson s first benefactor, Ken Hodges, and I learned a bit more about him. I also never knew Rock had a step sister and she was metioned but the author spent almost no time on her side of the story at all, I had to wonder if he ever even interviewed her?
I sat next to Marc Christian once at a restaurant in LA. I recognized him, barely, It was prrobably 10 years or less before he died. He looked much different from earlier photos and when he was with Hudson. I am a pretty good immediate judge of character and there was something really kind of dark and creepy about his vibe. It looked like he had had facial plastic surgery, he was pale and thin and unhealthy looking. Consideriing he was something of a health nut this was surprising. He dropped his cigarettes, his keys, his cell phone, on the table and my overall impression was he was also more effeminate than I would have imagined from earlier accounts. He picked up on the fact I discretely recognized him and was kind of smug about it. Anyway I came away thinking Rock Hudson was far far from discriminating on who he let in his life and I pity him for allowing that to be a part of his life. Harsh, but a gut first reaction.
I will give the author a ilttle slack in that most people in Hudsons life are dead, as Hudon would be 93 today, and the author did get some interviews with people that knew or were close to Hudson which hadnt ever been part of the story before which did add something to the book, but it was not a 100% effort on the authors part.