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An Agent's Stable of Secretly Gay Stars

Writer Robert Hofler's new book is The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson. Hofler profiles the gay Hollywood agent who was responsible for making the careers of Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter.

Willson also discovered Lana Turner and turned Natalie Wood into an adult star. Hofler is a reporter for Variety.

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