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Doris Day Recalls Sweet Moments With Rock Hudson In A Rare Interview: "Between Scenes, We’d Walk And Talk And Laugh"

Date December 18, 2018 12:33

The iconic Hollywood actor Rock Hudson won the hearts of thousands of women in the ‘50s and the ’60s, but none of these women could have his heart.

Hudson’s secret

For his whole life, the actor had to keep a secret that could have destroyed his screen career: He was a gay man.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actor died in 1985 as a result of AIDS complications. He did the right thing when he found out he was HIV-positive, according to All That Heaven Allows, his new biography written by Mark Griffin. He sent out anonymous letters to his partners, telling them they might be infected and asking them to see a doctor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This deed shows what kind of man Hudson was: He was a decent man who didn’t want to harm anyone and just wanted to be true to himself, but wasn’t allowed to. And although he loved men, there was a special place in his heart for one woman – Doris Day.

Day, aged 96 now, spoke to Griffin and recalled her friend with fondness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hudson and Day’s love for each other

Hudson and Day played a couple a few times, and the onscreen chemistry between them wasn’t lost on anyone.

Their love for each other was purely platonic, but it was also strong and true. The two met on the set of Pillow Talk, a romantic comedy released in 1959. They hit it off right from the start and became friends in real life.

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Speaking to Griffin, Day recalled:

Between scenes, we’d walk and talk and laugh, and I guess our comedic timing grew out of our friendship and how naturally funny we were together.

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The great friendship lasted until the day Hudson died, and Day still can’t get over the heartbreak of seeing him wasted away.

Saying the last goodbye

In a 2015 interview with People, Day opened up about the pain of losing her dear friend and shared a memory of seeing him for the last time.

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In 1985, Hudson came to Day’s variety show despite being gravely ill at that point. Day could barely recognize him. She said:

I hardly knew him. He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said ‘Am I glad to see you.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Day offered Hudson lunch, but he was so unwell he couldn’t eat. When the time came to say goodbye, Day had a feeling that would be their last meeting ever. She recalled:

They had a small plane to get him to the airport. We kissed goodbye and he gave me a big hug and he held onto me. I was in tears. That was the last time I saw him – but he’s in heaven now.

That was true friendship and true love!

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