TV legend Linda Evans gets emotional when she talks about Rock Hudson in a new documentary and admits that she has “never been afraid” of contracting AIDS after her “Dynasty” peck.

Dynasty icon Linda Evans is one of the many Hollywood stars who talk about the life of the pretty screen legend Rock Hudson in the new documentary max Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed. Linda recounts her pecking scene with Rock about her characters Krystle Carrington and Daniel Reece in Dynasty in 1985, which became debatable after it was revealed that Rock had been diagnosed with AIDS.


“When we had that scene related to the peck, it was a pivotal moment. We showed up that day and shot this scene, and it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to. No one really knew what to do. I mean, I knew he could give that peck,” Linda says in the documentary.

“It’s not for me to say anything. I let the director take care of it, and we did it over and over again, and he did it consistently. It makes me cry because I know he protected me,” she cries. “I didn’t know that at the time. I was confused at the time. But looking back on it, one of the reasons I’m so upset is that he did everything he could to make everything work out for me, in matter no one knew at the time. It hurts my heart, even now when I think about it.”


Rock was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, but he did not publicly reveal his condition until July 1985. In a diary entry from February 5, 1985, rock’s close friend George Nader revealed how Rock felt about the Dynasty peck.

“Rock came home from work that day after filming and said, “This is the worst day of my life. I used every type of mouthwash known to man. A terrible day.”He also said, ‘I kept my mouth shut, and so will you,'” George wrote.

Rock’s AIDS diagnosis surprised the world, mainly because Rock has never publicly revealed himself as gay. He was one of the most notable personalities diagnosed with the emerging ailment. At the beginning of the AIDS crisis, it was not known exactly how the ailment was transmitted—through blood and body fluids — so rock’s diagnosis raised questions about whether or not Linda could catch AIDS from her dynastic pecking scene.


“To my surprise, there were people on set who didn’t come to the makeup room when I was there,” reveals Linda. “There were people who didn’t want to work with me and so they had to change the scene because I could have AIDS. I had personal friends who didn’t come to dinner. I mean, people got scared, a huge fear. I was never afraid of having AIDS, no matter what they printed, no matter what science they told me. I thought, where was your humanity? Where is your compassion? What is wrong with this world right now?”

As we now know, Linda was never in harmful. In July 1985, Rock went to France to continue receiving treatment for AIDS. During his stay in the hospital in France, his French publicist Yanou Collart confirmed that the actor had AIDS. He was eventually flown back to the United States, where he died of AIDS-related complications on October 2, 1985. He was only 59 years old. Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed is now on Max.

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