Douglas Sirk, director; Rock Hudson and Piper Laurie, actors

Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (USA; 1952)

Vintage photograph

 

Rock Hudson was a truck driver from Illinois who became one of the most popular movie stars of the mid-20th century. 

He won an Academy Award for his performance in Giant in 1956, and he and his friend Doris Day made a series of

“bedroom” comedies in the 1950s and 1960s.  Hudson managed to keep his homosexuality a secret from the general

public until it was revealed that he had contracted the AIDS virus in the early years of the epidemic.  He was the first

major public figure to admit to having the disease.  Shortly before his death in 1985, he stated: "I am not happy that

I am sick. I am not happy that I have AIDS. But if that is helping others, I can at least know that my own misfortune has

had some positive worth."

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