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Was Donahue gay? I always heard he was not. But a recent book on agent Henry Wilson, who "discovered" Tab Hunter, Rock Hudson, Guy Madison, etc., (and who usually took a piece of the action) implies Donahue was gay or bisexual. There's mention of a Daisy Chain Donohue got into at a party hosted by Rock Hudson. Donahue was Warner Bros. attempt to find someone to fill Tab Hunter's drawers after Wilson threw Tab Hunter to the wolves at Confidential Magazine in return for silence on Rock Hudson, who was earning bigger commissions for his work.

 

Sorry if this is a digression on this thread. Pleshette was wonderful; one classy actresss. She had considerable Broadway experience before she went to film. I believe she followed Anne Bancfroft in "The Miracle Worker."

 

She appeared in"Youngblood Hawke," a hoot of a guilty pleasure. "Youngblood" is played by James Franciscus, who decorates many scenes with his beautiful smooth, bare chest. And what side of the street did he favor?

 

I digress. Sorry guys.

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Was Donahue gay? I always heard he was not. But a recent book on agent Henry Wilson, who "discovered" Tab Hunter, Rock Hudson, Guy Madison, etc., (and who usually took a piece of the action) implies Donahue was gay or bisexual. There's mention of a Daisy Chain Donohue got into at a party hosted by Rock Hudson. Donahue was Warner Bros. attempt to find someone to fill Tab Hunter's drawers after Wilson threw Tab Hunter to the wolves at Confidential Magazine in return for silence on Rock Hudson, who was earning bigger commissions for his work.

 

Sorry if this is a digression on this thread. Pleshette was wonderful; one classy actresss. She had considerable Broadway experience before she went to film. I believe she followed Anne Bancfroft in "The Miracle Worker."

 

She appeared in"Youngblood Hawke," a hoot of a guilty pleasure. "Youngblood" is played by James Franciscus, who decorates many scenes with his beautiful smooth, bare chest. And what side of the street did he favor?

 

I digress. Sorry guys.

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She was my favoite on the Bob Newhart show (of course when I watched it I was very young and could not appreciate his zany co workers and patients). She was always very classy and had a very sexy, throaty Lauren Bacall like voice. I can still here her now saying "what is it now Bob?". She was truly a class act and she will be missed.

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>She was my favoite on the Bob Newhart show

 

Both of them, actually. She wasn't in his second series until the excellent finale, but she sure sent that show out with a bang.

 

Great performer. And more than that, there were never ANY stories of diva behavior, catfights with costars, or any of that. She just showed up, entertained us, and now she's left us wanting more.

 

Great lady.

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Pleshette had a very bawdy sense of humor. It was evident on her appearances on Johnny Carson. Ona Biography Channel show about Bob Newhart, she talked about telling some outrageous joke at a party where Newharts's sister (who was a Sister, as in nun) was present. He said she shouldn't have told it. Pleshette's response was "you should've known if I was going to be here..." Clearly, an assertive, funny woman, probably a bit ahead of her time. The marriage on the Bob Newhart Show was very in tune with changing times, a credit to both of them.

 

Re: Upthread---Henry Willson had many stars who were not gay (although he bedded some of them, too). He also represented some women, including Natalie Wood, but usually didn't last long with them (probably not interested). There was actually more than one Troy Donahue, but the earlier guy with that name never got the traction of the later one.

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In addition to all that has been mentioned I loved her as Leona

 

Helmsley in the QUEEN OF MEAN and opposite James Garner in

 

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER.

 

Fiery, Spunky, Funny, with great comic timing, a Big-Shouldered Broad

 

who must have been fun to hang with.

 

 

I used to love when she was on with Johnny Carson - She used to break

 

him up and make him blush.

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Lankypeters I believe it was GEORGE NADER who Universal Studios and Wilson(?) threw to the wolves by encourgaging Confidential Magazine to expose him as gay instead of Rock Hudson. At the time Tab Hunter was also a big name and money maker and was protected by the studio. All during Tab Hunter's career there were tons of rumors about him being gay but nothing was confirmed until he published his autobiography in 2005 and made the disclosure himself.

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>>She was my favoite on the Bob Newhart show

>

>Both of them, actually. She wasn't in his second series until

>the excellent finale, but she sure sent that show out with a

>bang.

>

>Great performer. And more than that, there were never ANY

>stories of diva behavior, catfights with costars, or any of

>that. She just showed up, entertained us, and now she's left

>us wanting more.

>

>Great lady.

 

Couldn't agree more. She helped to make the Newhart series finale one of the best in history.

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She and Mr. Poston dated when younger but married other people. They were not, however, married many years. They only started dating again after both of their spouses had died in 2000 or 2001. Mr. Poston died in April of last year so they, sadly, only had 4 or 5 years with each other.

 

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Actually, it was fellow Henry Willson client Rory Calhoun who was thrown to the wolves to keep Confidential from publishing the Rock Hudson gay expose.

 

Calhoun's criminal history and prison record (including mugshot) were printed in place of the Rock Hudson story. Not regarded as any great acting talent, Calhoun was known as being one of Hollywood's greatest "cocksmen" at the time -- and many stars of both sexes (including Lana Turner and Guy Madison) got to sample the mega-hung stud!

 

George Nader's career suffered primarily because he balked at the "publicity machine's" portraying him as a hetero eligible bachelor, as he had a very solid long-term relationship with his male partner at that time (which lasted till his death, I believe)

 

It's all in the book: "The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson" -- which, tho light on credible sources -- is sure a fun and dishy read!

 

BTW: I am also a big Suzanne Pleshette fan -- she seems to have been a GREAT lady -- sensible and fun. I didn't know she had lung cancer till now tho. ;(

 

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Believe me Dave it was George Nader who got thrown to the wolves. Check out his bio on Wikipedia which will confirm it. As much as I hate to admit this as a teenager I had a huge crush on him and as my mother always read Confidential Magazine I actually remeber the stories. The interesting thing is that Nader and his long time partner were close friends of Rock Hudson's and remained so for the rest of Hudson's life. In fact his partner was Rock Hudson's secretary and he and Nader where the major recipients of Hudson's will.

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Greetings, Epigonos!

 

It appears that we BOTH may be correct. (See the Wikipedia entry for Rory Calhoun).

 

I have come to believe that that sleazebag/bitter-queen "agent" Henry Willson was vicious enough to destroy the careers of BOTH Nader and Calhoun -- as both were out of favor with him at the time of the Hudson Confidential expose.

 

In George Nader's case -- the negative publicity had a serious effect on his career. Fortunately for Rory Calhoun -- he was able to sustain his momentum (with the help of TV). (tho Nader DID have some TV success as well)

 

Moral of the Story: In TinselTown: a prison record is forgiveable; having a same-sex partner is not.

 

x(

 

Dave

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