Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century
Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger
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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, Noël 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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I fell in love with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor through this book. This book shows the highs and the lows of their relationship. But you definitely feel their love and passion for life and for each other. Beautiful, tragic story.
What a disappointment! The authors manage to take a fascinating chapter of Hollywood history, and make it almost unreadable. Sloppy transitions, mindless repetitions, and banal prose reflect an extremely low level of expertise and an absolute lack of editing. Taylor-Burton fans are going to wish they'd saved up for the Krupp Diamond instead.
Their One True Love
Like many, I have always been enamored by Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton and the articles about their lives. This intimate look into the people behind the headlines details the cost of fame, the joy of finding your one true love, and the tragedy that comes with obsession. This book is riveting in describing the many, complicated facets that made up the public phenomena know as Taylor and Burton, and the price they paid for their fame and fortune. It truly illustrates that money does not bring happiness and that a true love is a lasting love. Most people never experience the depth of love and devotion that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton felt for each other. Though circumstances made it nearly impossible for them to live successfully together, being apart never diminished their incredible love. Even death, I am sure never severed their bond to each other. I would imagine they are finally together and at peace.