Ravaged love, And loving Rich. We see both Burton and Taylor up close, warts and all, but always with a sense of affection and respect. Eventually, however, she would become the first celebrity to openly seek treatment at The Betty Ford Clinic. Kashner and Schoenberger draw upon brand-new research and interviews-including unprecedented access to Taylor herself, the Burton family, and Taylor's extensive personal correspondence-to capture a time when the violet-eyed beauty and her robust British leading man were the true king and queen of Hollywood. Whether that is entirely true or not is immaterial, as Richard himself believed it.
From the first, Taylor demonstrated a kind of constitutional sturdiness that distinguished her from other Hollywood stars. This leaves me unsatisfied since there are a lot of places where he could live anonymously that would fit with what one might assume was Richard's sense of social justice. Access to 's letters and diaries allowed the authors to delve below the surface and to offer some genuine insight into the turbulent but powerful attraction between these two talented people. Taylor and Burton did know love. Shocking and unsparing in its honesty, Furious Love explores the very public marriage of Liz and Dick as well as the private struggles of Elizabeth and Richard, including Le Scandale, their affair on the set of the notorious epic Cleopatra that earned them condemnation from the Vatican; Burtons hardscrabble youth in Wales; the crippling alcoholism that nearly destroyed his career and contributed to his early death; the medical issues that plagued both him and Elizabeth; and the failed aspirations and shame that haunted him throughout their relationship.
The letters' quality makes one regret that Burton's lifelong attempts at writing fiction never came to anything but notebook pages. Who could have known that by the newcomer Burton signing onto the motion picture would change celebrity and fame forever?! Burton dumped Sybil, his wife of long standing. I was surprised by the eloquence of his writings - he was always presented as a great lover of the English language, and it is pleasing to see that he chose his words carefully and with skill. Incredibly, they also worked maniacally hard. The biographers interviewed Elizabeth Taylor numerous times and were the only journalists given access to her extensive collection of personal letters and journals. So, after about an hour I just gave it up. The pain of so much career deceleration took a horrible toll, and exacerbated the toxic blend of alcohol, ill health, and verbal abuse.
They were hard drinkers, but so was everyone they associated with, actors and socialites. Their many pet names for each other, from the romantic to the utterly silly, throughout years and years of knowing one another the incredible infatuation that never died--it's all just so moving. I practically devoured the thing. He never woke up and died of a cerebral hemorrhage. One of the themes is that in leaving his wife and two daughters to marry Elizabeth and participate in her extravagant lifestyle , Richard made a Faustian deal. Traveling around like nomads, they spent vast amounts of money, buying jewels and houses, dragging with them numerous pets and children. There was no need to worry.
The author ends with Elizabeth the activist, reviewing what had transpired in her life to make her so daring and compassionate, and recognizing that her activism is perhaps her greatest legacy. But she claims that in it, Burton, 58 when he died, asked if they could give their relationship another chance. The paparazzi stopped at nothing to catch the couple on camera, flocking to the star's Appian Way villa. I had read the excerpt in Vanity Fair and like a well edited movie preview I fear that I had gotten all the best bits. I have no idea why past me bought this book. For never was a story of more woe than this of Elizabeth and her Richard. They lived on a yacht mainly to avoid taxes , sent their children to Swiss boarding schools, and spent money like water, on pets, furs, and gigantic pieces of jewelry.
Third-party sites are multimedia services that allow you to read and download e-books. The biographers interviewed Elizabeth Taylor numerous times and were the only journalists given access to her extensive collection of personal letters and journals. But mostly Furious Love made me want to examine the 11 films he made with Taylor: Cleopatra 1963 , The V. There is lust, of course, and usage, and jealousy, and desire and spent powers, but no such thing as the idiocy of love. By 1963, their romance was in full gear—they were completely smitten with each other. It was a love letter to Elizabeth, and in it he told her what he wanted. They were also wildly jealous and they seemed to look at fighting as a form of foreplay, having loud shouting matches and then wild make-up sex.
He was paralyzed from the neck down and his health deteriorated until he died five years later. For those who like to glimpse the rich and famous there are tales of jewelry, yachts, royalty and fabulous entertaining. It was also was interesting to learn how much she tried to promote Richard in his stage work - Hamlet and Dr. Using brand-new research and interviews - including unique access to Taylor herself, the Burton family, and Taylor's extensive personal correspondence - this ultimate celebrity biography is the gripping real-life story of a fairy-tale couple whose lives were even grander and more outrageous than the epic films they made. Very little motivation was given for any of their crazy actions, and when they finally split up I was sort of scratching my head and wondering why. Drawing upon brand-new information and interviews-and on Burtons private, passionate, and heartbreaking letters to Taylor-Furious Love sheds new light on the movies, the sex, the scandal, the fame, the brawls, the booze, the bitter separations, and, of course, the fabled jewels. Even without the entourage and paparazzi surrounding them, their story would still be great because they clearly had a passionate and deep-seated love for each other.
He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman; she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. This time is necessary for searching and sorting links. How many times do we need to read that their relationship was a Faustian bargain, or that Richard had a great disdain for acting and felt it was un-masculine? Yet ultimately, as the authors show, Elizabeth and Richard shared something priceless beyond the drama: enduring love. That is, we are doing the same thing as Google, only within the framework of one subject. I also liked referring to my copy of Elizabeth Taylor's My Love Affair With Jewelry, a great coffee table book, to see for myself the beautiful jewels Richard bought for her. Variety lists it as thirteenth in rentals, topped by such favorites as The Love Bug, I Am Curious Yellow , and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I find it very difficult to allow my whole life to rest on the existence of another creature.
In this biog Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were, and are, Hollywood legends. Everyone and no one should have a love like this. It is a beautiful, raw, but tragic heartbreaking romance that would have survived except for fame, paparazzi, and booze! Another theme is that their joint projects reflected the status of their relationship. I almost wonder if they knocked each other down because they were so besotted; that their love scared them because it made them vulnerable. Sometimes they weren't a perfect match. The second was that I didn't enjoy the first chapter and almost stopped reading right away because of it. It's more remarkable when it doesn't happen.
To date, Taylor has outlived four of her seven husbands. It was a few weeks later when I was at the bookstore and convinced my mom to buy me it. Both came at it from different angles but met beautifully in the middle. I have never read such a passionate love story. I cannot imagine the burden of her life.