LEWISTON — The Lewiston Public Library will welcome back local author Mark Griffin to celebrate his new book, “All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson.”

The free, public program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the library’s Callahan Hall.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions, and unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence and production files, the comprehensive biography produces a multidimensional portrait of one of the most compelling figures in film history.

There are fresh insights into Hudson’s controversial marriage to Phyllis Gates and his contentious dealings with boyfriend Marc Christian, providing answers to questions the late actor consistently evaded.

Griffin also offers the first in-depth analysis of Hudson’s entire body of work from his early bit parts to his collaborations with visionary director Douglas Sirk to his cheekily subversive bedroom farces with Doris Day to his transition to the small screen in the hit series “McMillan & Wife.”

Along the way, the account features memorable appearances from an A-list cast of characters, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, John Wayne, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe.

The night will begin with a talk followed by a question-and-answer session. Griffin will show a 35-minute documentary that he produced, which pays tribute to Rock Hudson’s career. The film features audio highlights from interviews Griffin conducted for the book.

Griffin will also sell and sign copies of his book. All proceeds will go to benefit the Friends of the Lewiston Public Library.

Griffin is also the author of “A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli.” He recently appeared in the documentary “Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance.”

For further details, contact the Adult Services Desk at the Lewiston Public Library at 207-513-3135 or [email protected]

Lewiston biographer Mark Griffin will speak at the Lewiston Public Library on Jan. 31. (Photo by Keary Nichols)

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