Essay PreviewMore ↓
Hollywood capitalized on the ruggedly handsome actor, and carefully calculated each and every aspect of his persona. It all began when Hudson first arrived in Hollywood, and met talent scout Henry Wilson. Hudson, who was born Roy Scherer Jr., and later had his name legally changed to match his step father’s surname of Fitzgerald, was promptly renamed by Wilson when he arrived in Hollywood (IMDB). It is rumored that Wilson chose the name Rock Hudson after the Rock of Gibralter and the Hudson River, two very internationally powerful images, intended to create one very powerful international image (IMBD). After being renamed, Hudson’s teeth were capped and he was given acting, riding, singing, dancing and fencing lessons; thus finalizing his aesthetic transformation into the American dream(IMDB). His image was twofold on and off-screen, he was a mans-man and a ladies-man all rolled into one. In films he most popularly debuted as either a hero or a romancer. In his most critically acclaimed role, Hudson was able to display both of the shining sides of his persona.
How to Cite this Page
"Rock Hudsons Classic Hollywood Image." 123HelpMe.com. 04 Apr 2020
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... was a transnational film whose pursuit driven plot was filmed onsite at locations that were chosen purely because The Beatles’ wanted to travel there. (Sinyard; 1985:32) Help. also undermined the characterization of HDN in the fact that the characterization of the band members were, in Marx brother style, reduced to a single aspect: “George was mean, Paul cocky, John Sardonic and Ringo loveable.” (1985:34) This style was utilized once again in the animation Yellow Submarine (1967) This characterisation of the band is partly to blame for the poor reception that this film received.... [tags: rock rebel, rock culture]
1095 words (3.1 pages)
- Describe the classical Hollywood narrative structure. Use examples from the film Shadow of a Doubt to illustrate the structure. There are three acts in the classical Hollywood narrative structure. The first being Equilibrium (Belton, 2005). Equilibrium is where life for these characters follow normal daily routine. The second act is known as Disruption (Belton). Where normal affairs are changed by an incident. Finally, the last act is known as Restoration (Belton). Where life returns to a normality having changed or progressed from the incident.... [tags: Classical Hollywood cinema]
1257 words (3.6 pages)
- Slowly she asked "Is anyone there?" as she walked down the dark deserted road. When she heard a loud sound she turned abruptly trying again "Hello?" Met with only silence she picked up here pace almost running down the dirt road. Her nerves had just began to calm when she heard "WRRRREEENNNNNRRRRRRR" as a chainsaw started behind her. Running she started looking behind her hoping that whoever it was, wouldn’t catch her. With her lack of concentration she tripped over her high heels and face plants into the dirt, giving the murderer a chance to catch up.... [tags: Hollywood]
1963 words (5.6 pages)
- A rock is a naturally occurring substance or solid material which is composed of one or more minerals. There are three types of rocks namely – Igneous , Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks. These rock are in a continuous cycle of process whereby they are changed from one type of rocks to another which may or may not be of different mineral composition. This processes is called Rock Cycle. The rock cycle symbolises an ever-changing Earth. The three types of rocks igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, record these changes, and it is up to geologists to observe the effects of the changes and try to decipher the clues and develop a history of the Earth.... [tags: Igneous rock, Sedimentary rock, Rock]
1849 words (5.3 pages)
- Rock music has had its ups and downs over the past sixty or so years. It has gone from being seen as a sin or sexual term to a genre that has taken over the world and is not looking back. The genre had a unique beginning because it was the combination of jazz, gospel, blues, and western country music. Rock music also has its fair share of controversy, but it has many more bright points that have shaped the genre as a whole. With this being a new genre of music, many new ideas were brought into the music world that had never been thought of.... [tags: Rock music, The Beatles, Rock and roll, Blues]
1524 words (4.4 pages)
- Throughout the history of rock and roll, fashion influence has become increasingly commonplace in the industry. Taking stylistic risk when it comes to what clothes to wear has now become a trademark of various artists. These risks changed the very foundation of society in 1950, and gave the youth of this generation something to call their own. These teenagers became the driving force of the fashion industry, since clothing trends in the 1950s mostly catered to an adult fashion sense. As rock and roll became popularized from the 50s through the 70s, teens across the country rallied to copy the fashion sense of their favorite artists.... [tags: Rock music, Rock and roll, The Beatles, Clothing]
1842 words (5.3 pages)
- I was giving the opportunity to write about any lecture that was taught in class. I wanted to pick something that was easy and I enjoying learning about it. It was the rock cycle that caught my eye and attention. Just to learn more about the rock and how the rock was made it interesting. Also in lab I was able to identify the rock itself, what type of rock it was and how was it formed. I am a hands on learner, so it was great for me to able to touch and feel what the rock was made out of. Some rocks were hard while others were soft.... [tags: Sedimentary rock, Igneous rock, Rock]
988 words (2.8 pages)
- What is Hollywood. When I was a child, I did not understand the concept of “Hollywood”. I knew that there were famous men, women, and children (of whom I had no idea how or why they were famous) that were in the movies and on television shows that I watched and adored. I also knew that the Hollywood sign in California was associated with the big screen and entertainment. I was not aware, however, of the rich history and Americana behind the famous big-lettered sign. Found in California, the enormous, sprawling “Hollywood” letters are like a welcome sign for entertainers from all over the country and even the world.... [tags: Film, Los Angeles, Actor, Hollywood Walk of Fame]
817 words (2.3 pages)
- A Postmodern Take on a Hollywood Film Classic The jacket blurb on Robert Coover’s creative compilation A Night at the Movies reads: “From Hollywood B-movies to Hollywood classics, A Night at the Movies invents what ‘might have happened’ in these Saturday afternoon matinees. Mad scientists, vampires, cowboys, dance-men, Chaplin, and Bogart, all flit across Robert Coover’s riotously funny screen, doing things and uttering lines that are as shocking to them as they are funny to the reader. As Coover’s Program announces, you will get Coming Attractions, The Weekly Serial, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, and more, but turned upside-down and inside-out.” It is perhaps more appropriate to call C... [tags: Movies Papers]
2878 words (8.2 pages)
- The Rock He is a three-time world wrestling federation champion and a two time intercontinental champion. He was born on May 2, 1972 is 6’5 and weighs 275 pounds. He goes by the name Dwayne Johnson, calls himself the “People’s Champion” and otherwise known as “The Rock.” Other than having the pretty face that Hollywood was looking for, The Rock had to go through many steps as an “actor” before he became well known. However, the rock graduated from the University of Miami as an all -American Football player.... [tags: Essays Papers]
969 words (2.8 pages)
The problem with all of this was that the ‘Hollywood dream’ was a Hollywood lie. Rock Hudson was a Hollywood creation, intended to fulfill the expectations of an ever finicky audience, and to save a desperate Hollywood from drowning. Rock Hudson took away the life, dreams, and desires of Roy Fitzgerald, the man who originally claimed the face that made Rock Hudson a star. Roy Fitzgerald was forced to live his entire life in the shadow of Rock Hudson. Roy Fitzgerald was forced to live a lie. The one, literally fatal, difference between Rock Hudson and Roy Fitzgerald was that of their sexual preferences. Rock Hudson, whose image was based on good looks and the romancing of women, was undoubtedly straight. Roy Fitzgerald, on the other hand, who was forced to hide his true desires, was indeed homosexual. This is a fact that he would take with him to the grave. Were there signs? I suppose, yes, if you were looking for them, but back then nobody was. After all, to the fans, he embodied all that a straight man aught to be, and more. For example, just three years after he walked into the sunset with Phyllis Gates, Phyllis filed for divorce, citing neglect and cruelty. At the time, it appeared to be nothing but a marriage gone sour, but when given all the information, it is clearly a publicity stunt gone sour. The world would have to wait more than two decades to find out the truth about the man behind the star, but by then it would be too late. Even in late July of 1985, mere months before his death, when he announced to the public he had contracted AIDS, he remained faithful to his Rock Hudson persona (Hudson C3). In the eighties, when the public was just beginning to learn about the AIDS virus, most associated the disease with homosexuals and intravenous drug users (Hudson C3). The mere admittance that he contracted the virus was nearly an admission to the public of his sexual orientation, but still he held strong to the persona he spent his whole life hiding behind. It was even reported that, when diagnosed with the disease, Hudson responded, “I hope I die of a heart attack before they find out” (E). Then, on October 2, 1985, at the age of 59, Rock Hudson succumbed to the disease, and passed away. In the years following his death, the truth trickled out in bits and pieces, in rumors and in speculations. When finally Phyllis Gates, shared with the public her story, the lie was exposed. Phyllis told the world of an arranged marriage, intended to ward off speculations of homosexuality, of a marriage riddled with cruelty and abandonment. Phyllis to this day claims, she too was in the dark, and did not realize the truth until years after the end of their marriage (Price 22). Rock Hudson’s persona had been woven so tightly, that even those who shared a roof with him, could not see his true identity. It became clear, that Rock had tried desperately to be rid of Roy Fitzgerald, but at the end of the day, though he could hide it, Rock could not deny his true identity.
Roy Fitzgerald was a man consumed by his own image. He was a man who lived his life behind the shadows of his Hollywood persona. Rock Hudson embodied all the Hollywood dreams were made of. Men loved to watch him onscreen as a cowboy and a hero. Women loved to watch him onscreen as a lover and a charmer. Hollywood loved to watch him onscreen as he made them millions. And, all of them found comfort in the concept that he was the same man on-screen as he was off. Rock Hudson entered Hollywood at a time when Hollywood was desperate. He was a Hollywood creation, built in Classic Hollywood Style. He was charming, kind, and ruggedly handsome. He was straight. At a time when Americans’ were not as willing to pay to see movies as they once were, Hollywood hoped they would be willing to pay to see the man. On and off-screen, Rock Hudson was sold in the same package, and the public bought it. He was loved and admired, and his movies were box office smash hits. The Rock Hudson image was a screaming success, but at a cost. A man was forced to live his entire life in the shadows, and to deny who he was. Roy Fitzgerald was the Hollywood Systems proverbial lamb. He made the ultimate sacrifice to uphold a Hollywood image, and became an icon in the process.
1. “Rock Hudson, Deborah Kerr Called Top Stars.” Los Angeles Times 6 Mar. 1959: 19.
2. Hopper, Hedda. “Rock Hudson: Toughness Concealed.” Los Angeles Times 1 July 1962: A5.
3. Hopper, Hedda. “Hudson Basks in Starlight.” Los Angeles Times 13 Mar. 1955: D1.
4. Price, Deb. “Hudson Taught Painful Lesson on Marriage.” The Detroit News 22 Mar. 2004: 22.
5. Rock Hudson. Internet Movie Database. 1990-2005
6. Crowther, Bosley. “The Screen: ‘Pillow Talk.’” New York Times 7 Oct. 1959: 47.
7. Scheuer, Philip K. “‘Lover Come Back’ Brisk, Gay Farce.” Los Angeles Times 25 Dec. 1961: C13.
8. Hopper, Hedda. “Rock Hudson Married to Film Secretary.” Los Angeles Times 10 Nov. 1955: 2.
9. “Hudson Has AIDS, Spokesman Says.” New York Times 26 Jul. 1985: C3.