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Henry Willson
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    (July 31, 1911-November 2, 1978)
    Born in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania
    Clients included Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Troy Donahue, Robert Wagner, Guy Madison, Nick Adams, Rory Calhoun, Clint Walker, Ty Hardin and Chad Everett
    He wrote a gossip column for Variety before becoming an agent.
    He specialized in 'beefcake' stars who were longer on looks than talent.
    He slept with a lot of his clients.
    He hired private detectives to spy on his clients and would drop any who failed to act discrete or refused to 'date' women for PR purposes.
    When 'Confidential' magazine threatened to expose Rock Hudson's homosexuality, he offered the tabloid info on Rory Calhoun's time in prison and Tab Hunter's arrest at a gay party in return for killing the Hudson story.
    He then arranged for his secretary to marry Hudson to quiet any gay rumors.
    He became an alcoholic and died of cirrhosis of the liver.
    He had a knack for coming up with catchy stage names.
    He was great at dreaming up publicity stunts for his clients.
    He was generous in spending his money and time on his proteges.
    As his own homosexuality became an open secret in Hollywood, his clients abandoned him to avoid being labeled (rightly or wrongly) gay as well.

Credit: C. Fishel

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