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The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson


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Robert Hofler survived a forty-year career in journalism, working as an editor at Life, Us, and Variety, among many other publications. He is now the theater critic for The Wrap and lives in New York City. Hofler is also author of the books Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to "A Clockwork Orange"-How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos, Variety's "The Movie That Changed My Life," and Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr.


"Those who think Hollywood's current predatory political scene and celebrity partner-swapping activities are new phenomena would be wise to dive into this tell-all tale of Henry Willson, an agent who became a major star maker to actors like Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, and Troy Donahue in the 1950s."
-Publishers Weekly
"A trove of enticing gossip and little-known facts . . . Hofler chronicles Willson's life of privilege. He roams through the origins of his paradoxical right-wing attitudes, early intrigues to obtain sexual power, conspiracies hatched in glamorous fabled nightclubs, the Trocadero, the Macombo. He describes nasty sexual antics among powerful studio heads."
-Los Angeles Times
"The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson is a gritty, often coarse but well-researched biography of a tough Hollywood power broker famous for his 'Adonis factory.'"
"Hofler, a Variety editor and reporter, is well matched to this shark-tank of a life." -Washington Post

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