|From Pillow Talk|
The sexy movie Pillow Talk was a hit. Rock Hudson and Doris Day made sexual innuendo into an art form. Day was nominated for an Oscar. She deserved it, because it was her personal acceptance of Hudson (playing a straight guy) looking to score in the bedroom as often as he could that allowed the film's script to actually work so well. The movie won Oscars for Best Story and Best Screenplay.
The duo were re-united in the 1961 movie Lover Come Back, followed by 1964's Send Me No Flowers. 1971, Doris welcomed Rock as her special guest on her musical special for CBS. In 1985, Doris Day's Best Friends debuted and Doris reached out for Rock to appear.
Rock was at a point in his life when the longtime rumors about his homosexuality were now being overshadowed by the gaunt look of his thin body, as speculation ran rampant that Rock Hudson was dying from AIDS. This was time in America when AIDS hysteria was everywhere and discrimination against anyone suspected of having the disease was at its most ugliest in terms of human compassion, for many otherwise nice folks.
It turned out that Rock's last public appearance was to be with his longtime friend Doris. "I miss those laughs we used to have" Doris tenderly recalled to Rock about their golden era at Universal. "Oh me too" Rock replied during the taping. It must have been quite a decision for Rock to tape that show. Immediately after the taping, Rock left for a plane for Paris for treatment, but the treatment was not to save him. His condition had gone public when he collapsed on July 21 of that year in his suite at the Paris Ritz, where he had gone for secret treatments of the antiviral drug HPA-23, then unavailable in the United States.
According to reports, Gottlieb said 'The press wants information on your condition. Should I tell them you have AIDS?' and he said: 'Yes if you think it will do some good.' He couldn't have imagined how much good it actually did.’ Gottlieb said that by that stage ‘I don't think Rock was afraid of it getting out’. He said: ‘It was beginning to dawn on his fan base that he was gay. He had AIDS and was dying. People related to him on a human level’.