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Phyllis Gates
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Birth: 1925
Death: Jan. 4, 2006

Phyllis Gates, the Hollywood secretary who insisted that she married Rock Hudson out of love, died January 4 in Marina Del Rey, Calif., of complications from lung cancer, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Gates first met Hudson in 1954 when she was working for Hudson's agent Henry Willson, the gay starmaker who is the subject of the recent biography The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson.

She moved into his house in early 1955 and, amid growing media suspicion about Hudson's sexuality, married the star in November of that year.

"I was very much in love," she later told Hudson biographer Sara Davidson. "I thought he would be a wonderful husband. He was charming, his career was red-hot, he was gorgeous. How many women would have said no?" Gates later wrote, in her 1987 book My Husband, Rock Hudson (written with Bob Thomas), that their sex life was unsatisfactory and that he "virtually abandoned" her during a five-month bout with infectious hepatitis in 1957.

She divorced him the following year and never remarried. Gates, who never revealed the truth about her ex-husband until after his death, is survived by a sister and a brother. 
 
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  Rock Hudson (1925 - 1985)*
 
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Record added: Jan 12, 2006
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Phyllis Gates
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Phyllis Gates
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Phyllis Gates
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You were a fine lady--your heart was in the right place when you tried to help Rock--many of us admire you--RIP
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- elaine bailey
 Added: Mar. 20, 2014

- Evette Dingle-Smith
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