Susan Saint James says Rock Hudson “would never have come out”


Even in 2021, Susan Saint James thinks Rock Hudson, the famous closet would have “never come out”.

Saint James, who played the Hollywood star’s on-screen wife on the ’70s hit series “MacMillan & Wife,” says he was “rooted” in Hudson to stay in the closet.

“He was the sexiest guy in the world,” the 74-year-old actress told Page Six on Friday. “I used to tell him, ‘Such a mess!’ He was adorable and funny. He was hilarious and he had a life he really, really loved. I don’t think he would ever, ever come out.

In 1985, rumors circulated that the “Giant” star had contracted AIDS, which he confirmed in July of that year, becoming one of the first mainstream celebrities to reveal his diagnosis. He died in October of complications from AIDS. After his death, her ex-lover Marc Christian MacGinnis won a multi-million dollar settlement of the actor’s estate, claiming that Hudson knowingly exposed him to AIDS.

Saint James says that just before he fell ill, she spent a magical night with him remembering ancient times and is grateful that they were able to share that time together.

She added that the next time they spoke he was in the hospital and a phone needed to be carried to his ear.

Now retired, the former Hollywood actress – who is married to Dick Ebersol and a mother of four – leads a much calmer life and says she’s never had the “bug to come back” to the business.

Saint James is set to reunite with actress Jane Curtin, with whom she starred in “Kate & Allie” from 1984 to 1989, for a “Stars in the House” event, which will broadcast live on YouTube Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

Jane Curtin and Susan Saint James in "Kate and Allie."
Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin played two single mothers living together.
Courtesy of Everett Collection

Although she called the show “a lot of fun,” Saint James said at one point that she and Curtin sued the network in an attempt to get producer credits.

“At the start of second year, Jane and I didn’t show up for work, we didn’t come on day one,” she recalls. “Our agents called us and said, ‘Come on, you don’t want to do this’, because they had other agreements with [the network], so we went back and they never fixed it.

Saint James says that after the show’s five-year anniversary, the duo returned to court and sued again.

“At that point, I was married and Jane was working on another show,” Saint James said of the trial, which ended up unsuccessful. “But I was still upset because in the documents they called Jane and I ‘the girls’.”


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