Author Talk: Mark Griffin
April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Author Mark Griffin will talk about his most recent book, All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, published through HarperCollins last year. Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star and reigned supreme in Hollywood for over forty years. He perfectly embodied the romantic masculinity of American films at the time, and won acclaim for several of his movies of varying genres, including Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk. Rumors trailed him his whole career, but it was only when Hudson was in the last few months of his life, dying from AIDS, that his secret second-life of living as a gay man during those times really came to light.
Only after the passage of time could Mark Griffin paint such a complete, nuanced, heartbreaking portrait of this Hollywood icon that is sure to delight readers. There is a 30-minute documentary to accompany the talk.
Griffin has previously written A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minelli, and his interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in publications such as The Boston Globe and MovieMaker.