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Rock and Doris and Elizabeth

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 16 October 2012

On the 15th July 1985 Rock Hudson appeared at a press call on the first day of filming for the TV show Doris Day's Best Friends as a favour to his old friend. His ravaged appearance shocked the world. At the same time another old friend, Elizabeth Taylor, was beginning a crusade to raise awareness of the little-understood AIDS.

Tracy Ann Oberman's new play is inspired by these events, imagining how they might have played out and exploring the relationships between Hollywood icons - the professional virgin, the all American man and the woman condemned as an "erotic vagrant" by the Pope.

It marks the end of one Hollywood era and the start of another, presenting a vivid snapshot of stardom and sexuality, love and loss.

Writer: Tracy-Ann Oberman
Script Editor: David Spicer

Produced by Liz Anstee
A CPL production for BBC Radio 4.


Rock Hudson
Jonathan Hyde
Doris Day
Frances Barber
Elizabeth Taylor
Tracy-Ann Oberman
Terry Melcher
James Lance
Tracy-Ann Oberman


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