Kenneth G Hodge

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Frances died on [[Dec 7]], 1916 at Colton when Kenneth was only 2.  His father who had been promoted by this time to assistant manager, remarried between 1920 and 1922 to Anna Barbara Breitling, daughter of George Breitling and his wife Laura Smith, also residents of Colton.  Harry and Anna had two children: Harry H Hodge Jr in 1923 and Richard Breitling Hodge in 1926, both born in San Bernardino County.
 
Frances died on [[Dec 7]], 1916 at Colton when Kenneth was only 2.  His father who had been promoted by this time to assistant manager, remarried between 1920 and 1922 to Anna Barbara Breitling, daughter of George Breitling and his wife Laura Smith, also residents of Colton.  Harry and Anna had two children: Harry H Hodge Jr in 1923 and Richard Breitling Hodge in 1926, both born in San Bernardino County.
  
[[Rock Hudson]], at that time still going by his name Roy Fitzgerald, was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946 and decided to go to California because his father, was living in Long Beach.  He found a job driving for Budget Pack.  In Long Beach, for the first time, he met men who were open about being gay.  One of these was Kenneth G Hodge.  "...Ken Hodge had worked in radio for many years, producing [[Lux Radio Theatre]].  Ken was thirty-six and Roy was twenty-one...he lived in a penthouse...in the [[Chateau Marmont]], a building owned by his Aunt Bernadette." (''My Story'', p 43)  But Davidson was wrong as Kenneth was only 32 when they met.
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Kenneth moved to Los Angeles, working as a guide and in public relations before becoming an assistant producer for a few years for Lux Radio Theatre.  "...Ken Hodge had worked in radio for many years, producing [[Lux Radio Theatre]]." (''My Story'', p 43)  The Voters Registration rolls show Ken in public relations in 1940 so he could not have started as an assitant producer at Lux before then. By 1942 he is listed in the rolls as "assistant producer."
  
Davidson continues saying that Kenneth had left the business and moved to Long Beach to manage the Chateau Marmont which his aunt ownedThe Voter Registration shows their address in 1948 and in 1950 as 921 E Broadway. Is that the address of the Chateau Marmont?
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[[Rock Hudson]], at that time still going by his name Roy Fitzgerald, was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946 and decided to go to California because his father, was living in Long Beach.  He found a job driving for Budget Pack.  In Long Beach, for the first time, he met men who were open about being gayOne of these was Kenneth G Hodge.  "...Ken was thirty-six and Roy was twenty-one...he lived in a penthouse...in the [[Chateau Marmont]], a building owned by his Aunt Bernadette." (''My Story'', p 43)  But Davidson was wrong as Kenneth was only 32 when they met.
  
Roy and Kenneth met in the Summer of 1947, "...together they left Long Beach and moved to Hollywood where they shared a bungalow in the hills." But again something is a bit amiss as the Voter Registrations show that Ken was registered not in Long Beach, but in Los Angeles in 1946, and that both Ken and Roy were still registered in Long Beach in 1948 and in 1950.
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Davidson states that Kenneth had left the entertainment business and moved to Long Beach to manage the Chateau Marmont which his aunt owned. The Voter Registration shows Ken and Roy's address in 1948 and in 1950 as 921 E Broadway.  This does not appear to be the Chateau Marmont unless it's address has since changed.
  
Kenneth worked his contacts and threw parties to introduce his protege.  At one of these, Roy met [[Henry Willson]]. Without Ken's knowledge, Roy contacted Willson, they signed a contract and Willson became his agent.  A short time later, Kenneth moved back to Long Beach, aloneDavidson reports that "..Roy's first check, made out to "Roy FitzGerald" from Vanguard Films of Culver City is endorsed on the back "Roy FitzGerald, Pay to the Order of Rock Hudson, Kenneth G Hodge"
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Davidson states that Roy and Kenneth met in the Summer of 1947, "...together they left Long Beach and moved to Hollywood where they shared a bungalow in the hills." But again something is a bit amiss as the Voter Registrations show that Ken was registered not in Long Beach, but in Los Angeles in 1946Perhaps he moved back to Long Beach by 1947, but both Ken and Roy were still registered in Long Beach in 1948 and in 1950.
  
In her book Sara Davidson, quoting Rock's later friends, states that Kenneth "moved back to Long Beach and fell apart".  Kenneth G Hodge died 23 Dec 1972 in Los Angeles County.
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Kenneth worked his contacts and threw parties to introduce his protege.  At one of these, Roy met [[Henry Willson]].  Without Ken's knowledge, Roy contacted Willson, they signed a contract and Willson became his agent.  Davidson reports that "..Roy's first check, made out to "Roy FitzGerald" from Vanguard Films of Culver City is endorsed on the back "Roy FitzGerald, Pay to the Order of Rock Hudson, Kenneth G Hodge".  A short time later, Kenneth moved back to Long Beach, alone.  In her book Sara Davidson, quoting Rock's later friends, states that Kenneth "moved back to Long Beach and fell apart".  Kenneth G Hodge died 23 Dec 1972 in Los Angeles County.
  
 
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