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The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson by Robert Hofler
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Oct 01, 2011

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Fascinating look at Henry Wilson, a mega-agent from the golden years of Hollywood. Henry, a republican and closeted homosexual had a knack for finding handsome, strapping men that the camera loved. Who cared if they could act? He got them roles, and frequently they rewarded him. The list of his discoveries is a veritable who's who of handsome actors from the time. Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Troy Donahue, Mike Conners.

The book is at time a fascinating look at the lengths Wilson and his clients went to hide their sexuality in a time and place that didn't want to know. At other times, it is a hundred pages too long, as the list of people and activities began to blur together.

Only for the real Hollywood aficionado.
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message 1: by An Odd1 (new)

An Odd1 :)"rolls" of bread, beer belly, or acting "roles"?
I liked "aficionado"; tricky spelling that.

Ubalstecha Fixed. Thanks.

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