I hope it wouldn't be bad news because your mom would connect Van Johnson is gay to her husband resembling him!
His audience, as a matter-of-fact, in the late years when he hosted some PBS specials was, surprise, elderly ladies. Just like Liberace. My Mom is always fawning over some male actor and I'd say, "Mom, you always like the gay ones." She just laughs. Van Johnson was one of the "witches" in Ronald Reagan's witch hunt during his SAG days. Of course, somehow he was persuaded to knock-it-off, considering he was aiming at a third of the membership who were either gay or bi-sexual.