Didn't Rock used to beat her?
Phyllis Gates, the ex-wife of Rock Hudson, died of lung cancer at age 80. Ms. Gates was a secretary for Hollywood talent agent Henry Willson during the 1950s. Though she didnít know it at the time, Ms. Gates was set up to be Rock Hudsonís beard. Fears that exposing Rock Hudsonís sexual orientation might destroy his career, Mr. Hudsonís handlers set out to find him a wife. Ms. Gates was picked and the hunky actor began his whirlwind romance of the young secretary. They were married in 1955 and divorced in 1958. Ms. Gates claimed that she did not know the purpose of the marriage or that Mr. Hudson was Gay. She wrote about her marriage in the book "Rock Hudson, My Husband." Actress Daphne Ashbrook portrayed Ms. Gates in the TV movie "Rock Hudson." She appeared as herself through archived footage in the documentary "Rock Hudsonís Home Movies."
Died Jan 4, 2006
Last edited by Serendipity09; 07-23-2009 at 02:19 AM.
Didn't Rock used to beat her?
Hollywood's most famous Beard.
She was on Larry King in 2004. I remember her saying that she had no idea about Rock. I found the transcript. http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0403/20/lkl.00.html I also found another story after she died saying everyone knew she was a lesbian. Here is that one.
Last edited by Kathyf; 11-24-2007 at 03:53 PM.
I Googled Joe Carstairs and she was a fascinating person. As far as Gates not knowing Rock Hudson was gay, I think that is pure BS. Everyone else knew, and so did she. I am not really surprised to read Gates was a lesbian. If The Advocate story is true, Gates was also a mean MoFo.
Last edited by poppie; 11-24-2007 at 07:33 AM.
Beard - wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend in name only. So it looks like Hudson was heterosexual, not gay. Some people claim Tom Cruise and John Travolta's wives are beards. I have also heard that Will Smith is a beard for his wife, Jada Pinkett. The list of names of beards is endless.
Thank you poppie! You saved a few hairs from being yanked out of my head! LOL
Was a secretary for influential Hollywood agent Henry Willson when she agreed to marry actor Rock Hudson, whom she had been a fan of. The marriage was not a happy one, and Gates claimed that he struck her on several occasions. They divorced a few years later.
I don't buy this story at all... What did he strike her with, his chanel handbag? (Rock was a well known drag princess in old Hollywood, and reputed size queen). I think that this is about as true as Phyllis not knowing that Rock was gay... They had to fabricate a reason for the break up and divorce, so this was their tale..
I'd kiss ya, but I just washed my hair...
"Old age is no place for sissies" - Bette Davis
Well if she really was blackmailing him she should have gotten a whole lot more than 130k lol Well at least she didn't cut him down. She said he was a good lover and kind and gentle and bought her all kinds of furs ect. She had to be a hell of an actress to pull off tje interview or an accomplished liar. I am sure half of the crap we read about her is just that. She may have been stupid enough to think that she could change him if they got married lol. Anyway I still think he was bi. My good friend who is gay also had a 2 yr relationship with a beautiful woman. She knew he was gay but they had a deep affection and attraction for one another. IN th end he definately decided that he was not in to women and went back to his former male lover and they have been together for 18 yrs now. Maybe both of them were trying to be what people wanted them to be and not what they were. Either way the woman didn't trash him when she could have. She went quietly into the night.
It's easy to say that Rock and Phyllis entered a fake marriage, but I think there was more to it than that. I believe Rock Hudson loved her (and yes I do know he was gay) Even his close friends, George Nader and Mark Miller who have pretty much revealed all about Rock's private life (with permission) admit that Rock actually really cared for her. He stayed faithful to her for a year or so, and then finally confided to Mark that he couldn't do it any longer. Thus began the cheating and the marriage pretty much went downhill from there. Phyllis had a choice at the end: she could have revealed all in court, but chose to take the high road. At the end of his life, when Rock was asked who he had truly loved in his life, he mentioned two people, and one of them was Phyllis. http://www.luxist.com/2006/12/17/roc...the-day/print/ This link shows the house in modern times, years after everything had happened, and Rock Hudson had passed away. I think it's wonderful how in the photo of the living room there is a photo of Phyllis and Rock sitting in the same spot in which the photo is hanging. This house looks and sounds lovely. Even though it was a small house by Hollywood standards, Rock loved it, as it was the first house he had bought. Years later Phyllis actually bought and lived in this house. I wonder if Rock ever knew this, and what he thought.