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All That Heaven Allows


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Mark Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. Griffin, whose writing has appeared in scores of publications, including The Boston Globe, recently appeared in the documentary Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance. He lives in Maine.


"At once the luckiest and unluckiest of men, Rock Hudson finally has the book that his fans have long been waiting for. This richly detailed biography is a revelation. Mark Griffin's thoughtful and compelling All That Heaven Allows isn't simply a book about one of the most determined and hard-working movie stars in the history of Hollywood, it also happens to be an insightful look at America in the second half of the 20th Century. Read it and weep." -- Sam Kashner, co-author of The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters and the New York Times Bestseller, Furious Love
"Rock Hudson's life story mingles the American Dream with nightmarish tragedy. This exhaustively researched book reconstructs the magnificent charade of a screen idol whose double life informed his haunting persona." -- Patrick McGilligan, author of Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane
"Rock Hudson was the last machine-made movie star, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Audiences sensed Hudson's basic kindness and responded with a loyalty that never wavered despite his predominantly passive career choices. All That Heaven Allows breaks new ground in its revelatory reporting on Hudson's private life and, most important, in empathy for its subject." -- Scott Eyman, author of John Wayne: The Life and Legend and Hank and Jim
"Mark Griffin paints a vivid portrait of a man who lived a double life in order to maintain his status as a movie star. Griffin's sources are candid but credible, which makes the book a real page-turner. I came away admiring Hudson all the more, and feeling sad for the secret existence that Hollywood demanded of its leading men in the 1950s and 60s." -- Leonard Maltin, author of Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom

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