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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.

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"Griffin has written a definitive biography, one that effectively toggles between gleeful gossip-dishing (as befits Hudson's era of film-world glitz) and a genuine affection and admiration for the man behind the screen presence." -- Boston Globe
"All That Heaven Allows is by far the definitive biography Rock Hudson and his fans deserve.... Griffin offers an unforgettable, richly nuanced and psychologically intriguing portrait." -- Shelf Awareness
"Like Rock Hudson's life - marked by glory as a Hollywood star and pinup but also the lifelong shame of the closet and his AIDS-related death - his afterlife was blessed and cursed in equal measure. Mark Griffin sets the balance right in a full, empathetic biography, sparing few details about the complicated life of a man who was born (and died) too soon." -- Vulture
"In Mark Griffin's excellently captured biography of Rock Hudson, he offers not a sensationalistic portrait; but one that carries a heartfelt and realistic view of this actor, gay man, and glorious star of motion pictures. This is the best and most researched of the biographies on Hudson. Truly an expansive and honest book." -- Rage Monthly
"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
"Exhaustive and empathetic.... Griffin fills in what's left to say [about Hudson's life] in between the lines with an impressive list of interviews with movie star friends, acquaintances and co-stars and also digs deep into private journals and correspondence." -- USA Today
"Mark Griffin's perceptive and sympathetic biography All That Heaven Allows gives Hudson, both the movie star and the man, the kind of reassessment only time can allow." -- Associated Press
"All That Heaven Allows is a rich and complex story of Hollywood's biggest star in its most golden age." -- New York Journal of Books
"The hardest role Rock Hudson ever played was Rock Hudson. And he played it brilliantly. . . . Mark Griffin's All that Heaven Allows goes behind the scripted characters to tell the real story." -- New York Daily News
"This juicy biography explores Hudson's rise to Hollywood fame, the extraordinary efforts to keep his sexuality a secret and the bombshell news of his AIDS diagnosis in the 1980s." -- Newsday
"All That Heaven Allows dives into a lot of interesting phases of Rock's life. . . . explain[ing] every facet of [his] life in extreme detail. Griffin touches on his life growing up, to making it onto the big screen, and everything in between." -- Closer Weekly
"With sympathy for his subject, Griffin details the years of enforced hiding. . . . As he takes Hudson from tongue-tied novice to superstar, Griffin shows that [director Douglas] Sirk wasn't wrong about his star's essential qualities: the ones that colleagues loved, and the ones the neither the camera nor anyone else has ever lied about." -- Sight and Sound Magazine
"With sympathy for his subject, Griffin details the years of enforced hiding. . . . As he takes Hudson from tongue-tied novice to superstar, Griffin shows that [director Douglas] Sirk wasn't wrong about his star's essential qualities: the ones that colleagues loved, and the ones the neither the camera nor anyone else has ever lied about." -- Brooklyn Digest
"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." -- Bear Pond Books
"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." -- 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
"Griffin provides trenchant cinematic insight and social criticism along with an equally abundant trove of bon mots and anecdotes. Director Douglas Sirk, who worked with Hudson on eight films said, 'The only thing which never let me down in Hollywood was my camera. And it was not wrong about Hudson.' Griffin's lens also puts Hudson in beautifully focused light." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) and a Best Nonfiction Book of 2018
"Griffin provides trenchant cinematic insight and social criticism along with an equally abundant trove of bon mots and anecdotes. Director Douglas Sirk, who worked with Hudson on eight films said, 'The only thing which never let me down in Hollywood was my camera. And it was not wrong about Hudson.' Griffin's lens also puts Hudson in beautifully focused light." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Hudson's rags-to-riches story is revealed by Griffin's comprehensive overview of Hudson's filmography as well as his frank but objective discussion of Hudson's complicated personal life." -- Booklist

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