“Hollywood is seldom what it seems.” Rock Hudson

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  1. June 2, 2014

    I think he was a bit generous in his assessment.

    • June 3, 2014

      He was pretty cagey, but then it was a different era…

      • June 3, 2014

        Indeed, but it could also be argued that the very idea of the film industry is based on it not being what it seems. Consumers, to varying degrees, have been in on that “secret” almost since the beginning. It’s symbiotic. 🙂

      • June 4, 2014

        Yes! The fantasy is more attractive than the reality…

      • June 6, 2014

        Indeed! It’s definitely a give-and-take relationship, with the ultimate goal of both parties being the ascendancy of artifice over reality.

  2. June 2, 2014

    Totally agree with the comment above.

    • June 3, 2014

      I think the stars of that time had to be sooooo careful about what they said.

  3. George Kaplan
    June 2, 2014

    Old Rock/Commissioner MacMillan had a knack for stating the obvious…and then come back for seconds… or Seconds… 😉 (John Frankenheimer reference there, kids!)

    • June 3, 2014

      Oh, Mister Kaplan! I am slow on the uptake this morning. What’s the Frankenheimer reference?

  4. George Kaplan
    June 3, 2014

    Seconds! A thriller from the Sixties starring Roy – – Rock!

  5. June 5, 2014

    Even after all the biographies I’ve read, I’m still surprised at how many marriages, photographed “dates”, and other things were arranged for the public’s opinion to be shunted in the “proper” direction. Stars could be drug-addled, or homosexual, or slutty, or any number of things in private – but the public must only see them as straight, respectable, and “acceptable”. They’d have busted a gut if they could see the tabloids of today, eh?

    • June 6, 2014

      It happens still, I’m thinking of a very, very, big media executive married to a fashion designer…

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