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Rock Hudson, friend of mine
Clark, Tom, 1930-
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ix, 276 pages ; 22 cm
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PN2287.H75 C58 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In recounting his 20-year professional and personal relationship with the film and TV actor, Hollywood publicist Clark, aided by Kleiner ( Don't Shoot My Dog ), sets out as well to dispute the charge brought in a successful lawsuit against the estate by Hudson's lover Marc Christian that the star concealed his AIDS affliction. Paying tribute to his friend, Clark, who managed his career, maintains that the star was devoid of ego, was a casual person and sentimental. Further, he states that Hudson would have made it big on the Broadway stage were it not for his untimely death. The book is an embarrassing memorial, cloying, biased and insignificant. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Since Hudson's death in 1985, several books about him have appeared. Now Clark, a Hollywood publicist and Hudson's long-time companion, offers a sanitized memoir of their friendship. Unfortunately, in spite of a unique opportunity to provide a more intimate, thoughtful analysis of the man, his book remains superficial and largely anecdotal. It also is surprisingly self-indulgent, with heavy emphasis on Clark's importance to Hudson's life and career. The book is further marred by a choppy, repetitious style. While there undoubtedly will be demand for Clark's book, it is not the definitive biography. Jerry Oppenheimer and Jack Vitek's Idol and Hudson and Sara Davidson's Rock Hudson: His Story (both LJ 9/1/86) are still preferred. Photos not seen.-- Barbara E. Kemp, Columbia Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.