Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

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Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

Format:  Hardcover,

500 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jun 2010

ISBN-13: 9780061562846

ISBN-10: 006156284X

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The definitive story of Hollywood's most famous couple

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. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance--often called "the marriage of the century"--was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.

For the first time, "Vanity Fair" contributing editor Sam Kashner and acclaimed biographer Nancy Schoenberger tell the complete story of this larger-than-life couple, showing how their romance and two marriages commanded the attention of the world. Also for the first time, in exclusive access given to the authors, Elizabeth Taylor herself gives never-revealed details and firsthand accounts of her life with Burton.

Drawing upon brand-new information and interviews--and on Burton's 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. It offers an intimate glimpse into Elizabeth and Richard's privileged world and their elite circle of friends, among them Princess Grace, Montgomery Clift, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Peter O'Toole, Michael Caine, Marlon Brando, Rex Harrison, Mike Nichols, Laurence Olivier, Robert Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, NoEl Coward, John Huston, Ava Gardner, the Rothschilds, Maria Callas, and Aristotle Onassis. It provides an entertaining, eye-opening look at their films, their wildly lucrative reign in Europe and in Hollywood--and the price they paid for their extravagant lives.

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; Burton's 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. As Kashner and Schoenberger illuminate the events and choices that shaped this illustrious couple's story, they demonstrate how the legendary pair presaged America's changing attitudes toward sex, marriage, morality, and celebrity. Yet ultimately, as the authors show, Elizabeth and Richard shared something priceless beyond the drama: enduring love.

Addictive and entertaining, "Furious Love" is more than a celebrity biography; it's an honest yet sympathetic portrait of a man, a woman, and a passion that shocked and mesmerized the world.

Specifications

Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jun 2010
ISBN-13: 9780061562846
ISBN-10: 006156284X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.75

About the author

Biography of Kashner, Sam

Sam Kashner and his wife Nancy Schoenberger are creative writing teachers at William and Mary College. They have written entertainment industry biographies, including Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant and Hollywood Kryptonite: The Bulldog, the Lady and the Death of Superman, which explores the death of George Reeves. Kashner has also written three books of poetry on his own.

Chapter outline

Prefacep. vii
Le Scandalep. 1
Very Important Peoplep. 35
A Year in the Sunp. 61
No More Marriagesp. 89
In from the Coldp. 109
Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?p. 133
Married Lovep. 157
Seduced by Faustp. 185
Boom!p. 211
The Only Game in Townp. 235
Rings and Farthingalesp. 257
Fallen Starsp. 281
Bluebeardp. 309
Divorce His Divorce Hersp. 337
Massacre in Romep. 365
Private Livesp. 395
Epiloguep. 427
Acknowledgmentsp. 439
Two Poemsp. 443
Endnotesp. 447
Bibliographyp. 475
Indexp. 481

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-05-15)

When Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred together in Cleopatra in the early Sixties, they began a romance that shocked the world, and the public could not get enough of "le scandale" (as Burton coined it). Because they were married to other people and flaunted their relationship, they were denounced by the Vatican and some in the U.S. House of Representatives. They eventually we'd, and for a quarter of a century their tempestuous on-again, off-again love affair continued to make headlines.

Despite their occasionally over-the-top prose (e.g., "And now, suddenly, Elizabeth would be playing love scenes with this devastating Welshman, made vulnerable by drink, a god brought down to earth, whose need for alcohol translated into a ravishing thirst for life"), biographers Kashner and Schoenberger (coauthors, A Talent for Genius: The Life and Time of Oscar Levant) have written a fascinating book that includes new research and interviews (Taylor shared Burton's love letters) and captures the glamour of a bygone era.

Verdict: This well-researched dual biography is juicy enough for any celebrity bio maven.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/10.] - Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance—often called "the marriage of the century"—was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.

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. But it is much more than a celebrity biography; it's an honest yet sympathetic portrait of a man, a woman, and a passion that shocked and mesmerized the world.

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