Lifting Another Rock

“The unexpurgated version” — that’s what author Robert Hofler calls the just-published edition of his book, “The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson” (Carroll & Graf).

When the hardcover was published, Hofler says, “The publisher’s lawyer made me cut several sections regarding the lesbianism of Phyllis Gates (Hudson’s wife) and her blackmail attempts against Rock Hudson. Since she died in January of this year, those passages have now been reinstated on the following pages, 279, 281, 328 and 348 through 350.”

Re-reading Hofler’s book pointed up its subtitle: “The Pretty Boys and the Dirty Deals of Henry Willson.” It was a part of Hollywood in the ’50s and ’60s.

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