30 Years Ago, Rock Hudson Revealed He Had AIDS

A bed-ridden Rock Hudson's last words to Hollywood came via a message Burt Lancaster delivered at AIDS Project Los Angeles' Sept. 19, 1985, Commitment to Life fundraiser held at downtown's Westin Bonaventure. The 2,500-person dinner had been scheduled for the smaller Century Plaza Hotel, but the revelation that Hudson, 59, had AIDS and would be a part of the event transformed it into a charity blockbuster. "I am not happy that I am sick; I am not happy that I have AIDS," said Lancaster, reading Hudson's words to a dead-silent crowd. "But if that is helping others, I can, at least, know that my own misfortune has had some positive worth."