Despite the movie star's fictional name in Tales, the circa-1980 Hollywood pool party is painstakingly re-created from Maupin's firsthand recollection of a Hudson soiree--right down to the party-pooping surprise appearance of Nancy Reagan. "The party did happen, and Nancy Reagan did show up," Maupin says. "It's great to be able to show the part of Rock's life he felt he never could."
But Maupin warns that although attitudes have evolved in the past 20 years, the Hollywood closet remains intact for American leading men. "It's simply become more sophisticated," he says. "Back then we had Rock Hudson. Now we have the Church of Scientology."
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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Television Program Review|
|Date:||Aug 29, 2000|
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