Italian sex siren Gina Lollobrigida realised late matinee idol Rock Hudson was gay when even her ample charms failed to keep him awake.

The screen stunner, now 76, admits she and Rock - who hid his sexual orientation in a bid to protect his hunky status - were "in love" when they were young. But although they became intimate, she failed to keep the actor interested.

She says, "At a certain momentum he fell asleep. It happens."

Gina made the revelation to TV interviewer Larry King in a show commemorating Hudson, who died from Aids in 1985.

07/10/2003 13:24