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April 16, 2015

'He said his mother and I were the only people he ever loved'

The man Rock Hudson described as his 'true love' has opened up about their secret relationship nearly 30 years after the actor died of AIDS at the age 59.

Lee Garlington, 77, said he 'adored' the screen icon, whom he dated from from 1962 to 1965.

The retired stock broker was just a young film extra when they first met.

'He was the biggest movie star in the world and the rumors were that he was gay,' he told People magazine.

April 16, 2015

'He said his mother and I were the only people he ever loved'

The man Rock Hudson described as his 'true love' has opened up about their secret relationship nearly 30 years after the actor died of AIDS at the age 59.

Lee Garlington, 77, said he 'adored' the screen icon, whom he dated from from 1962 to 1965.

The retired stock broker was just a young film extra when they first met.

'He was the biggest movie star in the world and the rumors were that he was gay,' he told People magazine.

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

February 3, 2015

But the former US First Lady wanted it known that President Reagan had called Hudson to wish him well

The year before he died, Rock Hudson was photographed looking very chummy at a White House event with old friends President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

But by the summer of 1985, Hudson was dying from AIDS and flew to Paris for treatment. He collapsed after checking in to The Ritz and was rushed to the American Hospital of Paris.

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

June 3, 2014

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest'

Doris Day still grows emotional when talking about the late Rock Hudson, her co-star in three romantic comedies including the 1959 smash Pillow Talk.

'The world lost a talented actor and a fine human being when he passed away,' Day says in a new video for Turner Classic Movies which is paying tribute to Hudson this month.

The actress, now 90, gets choked up a bit and adds: 'I lost one of my dearest friends and I still miss him so much.'

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest.'

June 3, 2014

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest'

Doris Day still grows emotional when talking about the late Rock Hudson, her co-star in three romantic comedies including the 1959 smash Pillow Talk.

'The world lost a talented actor and a fine human being when he passed away,' Day says in a new video for Turner Classic Movies which is paying tribute to Hudson this month.

The actress, now 90, gets choked up a bit and adds: 'I lost one of my dearest friends and I still miss him so much.'

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest.'

June 6, 2013

Transcript of 1950s recording recently unearthed in files of private investigator

Famously closeted movie star Rock Hudson married Phyllis Gates in October 1954 - a move that no doubt quieted the gay rumors and helped his movie image.

But, it seems, Gates was not in on the deception and did not go into the the three-year marriage knowing Hudson was gay.

But she had her suspicions soon enough according to transcripts of a secret tape recording made between the couple by a private investigator whose secret records were recently discovered inside a storage unit in the San Fernando Valley.

June 6, 2013

Transcript of 1950s recording recently unearthed in files of private investigator

Famously closeted movie star Rock Hudson married Phyllis Gates in October 1954 - a move that no doubt quieted the gay rumors and helped his movie image.

But, it seems, Gates was not in on the deception and did not go into the the three-year marriage knowing Hudson was gay.

But she had her suspicions soon enough according to transcripts of a secret tape recording made between the couple by a private investigator whose secret records were recently discovered inside a storage unit in the San Fernando Valley.

April 4, 2013

But Patti Davis acknowledges he was late on acknowledging AIDS epidemic

The daughter of former US President Ronald Reagan says she does not think her conservative icon father would have been opposed to gay marriage.

'I think because he wanted government out of people's lives, he would not understand the intrusion of government banning such a thing,' Patti Davis tells Gwissues. 'This is not what he would have thought government should be doing.'

Davis was asked if she was saying that posthumously, Ronald Reagan was pro-gay marriage.

January 30, 2013

Now 82, actor says: 'I’m not ashamed of people knowing'

Jim Nabors, best known as the bungling, naive television character of Gomer Pyle throughout the 1960s, has married his longtime partner Stan Cadwallader.

Nabors, 82, had never come out publicly as a gay man but confirmed the marriage to Hawaii News Now.

November 30, 2012

'Rock and Doris and Elizabeth' will raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust

A stage reading of a play about the life of Rock Hudson will be performed to raise money to fight HIV.

The play, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier in the year, was written by Tracy-Ann Oberman, with all proceeds from the night going to the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The play, ‘Rock and Doris and Elizabeth’, explores the friendship between Hollywood star Hudson and friends Doris Day and Elizabeth Taylor, and the media frenzy surrounding speculation of Hudson’s health - which was later confirmed to be AIDS-related.

June 14, 2012

'What you’re doing is so important, both to remember those gone and also to ensure those alive keep living much longer than Rock was able to'

Screen legend Doris Day, now 88, surprised the nearly 3,000 AIDS LifeCycle riders and volunteers over the weekend when she sent a personal message that was read to the group during a candlelight vigil on the last night of their ride.

Day, star of such film classics as Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane and The Man Who Knew Too Much, had a friend who was riding in the 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.