Rock Hudson

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Rock Hudson rose to stardom as the virile hero of adventure films, and he then gained a flurry of female fans by starring in melodramas, like Magnificent Obsession. He earned an Oscar nomination for his role in Giant, starred in successful romantic comedies, and had a productive television and stage career. This book provides full information about his many performances and charts his life and career up to his death from AIDS.

Rock Hudson was a movie giant, one of the biggest stars Hollywood ever produced. He gained early fame as the romantic hero of adventure films and melodramas such as Magnificent Obsession (1954). He then tackled serious drama in Giant (1956), for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. With the success of Pillow Talk (1959), he entered a new genre for which he would become best known—the sex comedy. He also had a successful stage and television career.

This book charts Rock Hudson's rise as a celebrity until his death from AIDS. A biography opens the volume, followed by chapters which chronicle his work in film, television, radio, and the stage. Each chapter contains descriptions of Hudson's individual performances, with entries providing cast and credit information, plot summaries, excerpts from reviews, and critical commentary. The volume also includes a listing of Hudson's awards and an annotated bibliography of additional sources of information.

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Focusing on the late actor's career rather than his personal life, the biography which opens this volume is a companion to the following detailed examination of Hudson's (1925-1985) work in the mediums of film, television, radio, and stage (presented in that order). Media reviews of his work are included in these sections, following the particular film or appearance being reviewed. Following these career sections are a discography; a listing of awards, nominations, and honors; characterizations of Hudson by other performers; and an annotated bibliography of items written by or about Hudson. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

BRENDA SCOTT ROYCE is a graduate of the Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Center in Florida. A freelance writer, she is the author of Donna Reed: A Bio-Bibliography (1990) and Lauren Bacall: A Bio-Bibliography (1992), both published by Greenwood Press.

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Awards, Nominations, and Honors


Annotated Bibliography


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