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Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson Paperback – 22 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Group; Reprint edition (22 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786718021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786718023
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,309,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Hofler has been Variety's New York-based theater reporter for over three years. Previously, he was a senior editor in Variety's Los Angeles office. He has also been an editor at Buzz, Life and Us magazines. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Washington Post and Premiere magazine. He lives in New York City.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. B. Newton on 13 Nov. 2012
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I was eager to find out more about Henry Willson, particularly his influence on and connection with Rock Hudson. But I was very disappointed with this authors account. He seemed to be padding the book with endless repetitions and frequently I found myself losing the will to read on. If only the authour had given us more about Willson himself. He hardly seems to have researched the man at all. In the end I found this books confusing and unenlightening. A scattershot approach to the subject made the book repetitious and almost unreadable.
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This is a fascinating book, these are men who made the Hollywood goose produce the golden eggs. The talent spotters, dealmakers, agents and film makers when Hollywood was the dream factory that tried hard to never let the public see the constant and necessary nightmares that were happening behind the silver screen keeping the box office dollars flowing in.

We know that Hollywood in the period covered by the book was the hard as nails machine that ground up and discarded the many thousands of individuals who went there to be 'discovered' and to make their fortune in the movies. This book, in graphic detail describes the demands and the cost to the human spirit that fame and fortune can make upon the talented and the talentless in the ruthless climb to be a 'star'.

It is a timely book and reminds in a truly honest and poignant telling that sometimes the price that is demanded and paid to be 'a star of the silver screen' is one that is counted out in tears and pain and that ultimately is one that costs some everything they have and are. Henry Willson was a remarkable man in a time when Hollywood was dominated by remarkable men and women, he has earned his place among the greatest of them thanks to this book. Highly recommended if you want to share briefly the magical dream Hollywood made about the men who defined masculinity for the masses and a generation of movie goers across the world.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Gleave on 23 Sept. 2009
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For anyone who likes the background of the Hollywood star of a past era and their agents and lives, this a must. The background of how the stars lived, comparred to their star personae,and how much os it was covered up from the general public, is covered fully in this book. For Hollywood lives fans, this is a great read and value of its history during a past more naive era.
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