Legendary gay leading man Rock Hudson is the subject of a new documentary from HBO, Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed, and it releases on HBO June 28.
The documentary tells the story of Hudson as a man who lived a double life; while his public persona was meticulously curated by his handlers, controlled by the studio system, and falsely anchored by a lavender marriage, Hudson had to keep his homosexuality behind closed doors due to anti-gay sentiments at the time, and because the revelation of which would’ve shattered his career.
Though his friends and colleagues in the film industry knew he was gay, Hudson kept his sexual identity a secret throughout his life. He was one of the premiere leading men in Hollywood in the '50s and '60s.
Hudson was the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness. His passing rocked the world and helped bring the HIV/AIDS crisis into the public eye.
Now, HBO has debuted an emotional trailer for the film, which puts a spotlight on the star's life in the Hollywood closet, as well as his tragic death from AIDS-related complications in 1985. Check the trailer below: