A woman armed with DNA results she says confirms that she is the secret daughter of the late Rock Hudson has been battling for years in court to establish that.
After a major setback, an appeals court has once again given her claim life. But while she claims her intentions are good, his estate isn't so sure.
This is the story of a woman who found out late in life she might have an incredibly famous father that she will never get to meet.
Who Is Susan Dent?
Susan Dent is not after money, she has plenty of her own. She and her husband own a house in Beverly Hills that once belonged to Madonna.
She is not after fame, either, or else you would have heard this story already.
Susan Dent just wants one thing: to officially establish that Rock Hudson is her father.
Dent is a woman in her early-70s from Canada. According to our sources, several years ago her mother told her that Rock Hudson was her real father.
With nothing more than her mother's story, Dent contacted Hudson's relatives and they agreed to submit to a DNA test.
According to our sources, the DNA test confirmed her mother's story: Susan Dent was Rock Hudson's daughter.
Dent then hired attorneys and began the legal process with her goal being to change her birth certificate to reflect her updated lineage.
The Ongoing Legal Battle
Dent has been fighting this in court for years. The case has been sealed, which is why nobody ever knew about it.
She initially filed her petition to establish paternity on December 23, 2014. In October 2016, her petition was denied. She filed an appeal the next month.
Now, according to court documents obtained by The Blast, the Court of Appeal of the State of California has ruled in her favor and overturned the lower court's ruling.
We're told Dent's attorneys did not submit the DNA test as evidence with the court in their initial filing, but they will for the new trial, which begins later this month.
The Hudson Estate
Within Hollywood's inner circles, Hudson's homosexuality was not a secret but he kept his sexuality private throughout his life. Hudson became the first well-known to figure to die of AIDS-related causes when he passed away in 1985.
Upon his death, Hudson left everything to George Nader, an actor friend, and Nader's partner, Mark Miller.
Nader died in 2002 and Miller passed away in 2015. According to our sources, Hudson's estate then transferred to The Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.
We're told the estate is not dead set against Dent and her claim, they are just concerned with what she might do with her newfound paternity. Our sources say Dent has told the estate she wants "to do something in his memory," but they have no idea what that might entail.
Attorneys for both sides did not wish to comment.