For the duration of his career, Rock Hudson was an American heartthrob. He wooed audiences with his good looks and impressive performances, and worked hard to keep his private life out of the tabloids. But when Confidential magazine threatened to expose his homosexuality, his career took a backseat. Soon after the Confidential incident, he married Phyllis Gates to keep any rumors from circulating. The marriage didn’t last, as Gates was aware of Hudson’s true sexuality and the two eventually parted ways. Just a few years post-divorce, in 1962, Hudson met stockbroker Lee Garlington with whom he shared a lengthy, intimate relationship.
Hudson died from AIDS complications in 1985.