Rock Hudson was once such a big star that he was dubbed “the king of Hollywood.” And the heartthrob actor had the talent to back this nickname up, too; he even earned an Oscar nomination for his role in ’50s movie Giant. Behind the scenes, however, Hudson hid a secret that may have caused a huge media scandal if it had been revealed during his heyday.

But Mark Griffin’s 2018 biography All That Heaven Allows – named after the classic 1955 movie in which Hudson starred – lets the world into some of those private affairs. The book also goes into detail about the obstacles that Hudson faced during his career as well as the circumstances of his saddening death in 1985.

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