Rock Hudson, one of Hollywood's top leading men in the 1950s and 1960s, never came out as gay during his lifetime but his sexuality was long rumored in Tinseltown and written about since his AIDS-related death in 1985.
Through the eyes of a Hollywood private investigator, the public is getting an in-person account of the movie star's lifestyle in secret recordings made about his life
, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The files of private eye Fred Otash are being revealed by his daughter Colleen and her business partner Manfred Westphal for the first time. The Hollywood Reporter wrote Hudson's supposed "gay confession" to his wife is part of 11 boxes filled with investigations Otash conducted over two decades.
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The Hudson recording made Jan. 21, 1958, at the request of Phyllis Gates, where she challenged her husband about the results of Rorschach test he took.
"You told me you saw thousands of butterflies and also snakes," Phyllis told Hudson in a heated conversation. "[A therapist] told me in my analysis that butterflies mean femininity and snakes represent that male penis. I'm not condemning you, but it seems that as long as you recognize your problem, you would want to do something about it."
She said later, "Your great speed with me, sexually. Are you that fast with boys?"
Hudson responded: "Well, it's a physical conjunction [sic]. Boys don't fit. So, this is why it lasts longer."
In another part of the conversation, Gates pressed Hudson about picking up men.
"Everyone knows that you were picking up boys off the street shortly after we were married and have continued to do so, thinking that being married would cover up for you," Gates told Hudson.
Hudson shot back: "I have never picked up any boys on the street. I have never picked up any boys in a bar, never. I have never picked up any boys, other than to give them a ride."
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Otash was a former Los Angeles police officer who left the force to operate an aggressive investigative firm from the mid-1950s until he lost is private eye license in 1965. He charged hundreds of dollars per day and spied on everyone from Hudson to Marilyn Moore and John F. Kennedy.
The Hollywood Reported said he was the go-to guy for some of Hollywood's top attorneys, including Melvin Belli and Jerry Giesler.
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