Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
and the Marriage of the Century
by Sam Kashner
and Nancy Schoenberger
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
Drawing upon brand-new information and interviews—and on Burton's private, passionate, and heartbreaking letters to Taylor—Furious Love sheds
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.ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Sam Kashner, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of three books of nonfiction and one novel, Sinatraland.
Poet and biographer Nancy Schoenberger is the author of Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the College of William and Mary.
ABOUT MY GUEST REVIEWER:
I am excited to have my favorite Guest Reviewer with her take on this book. If you follow my blog you may remember her but if not, let me tell you about Alex Leras. With a background in journalism and having been the NASCAR Public Relations Director (first female I might add back when women were rarely even in the pits let alone in a car driving), Alex Leras is a more than qualified reviewer. She traveled to every race for years in her capacity for NASCAR and then later in charge of media for the well known, fan favorite, NASCAR CHAMPION Driver Bill "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" Elliott, and one of racing legendary families when she also represented P. J. and Page Jones of the Parnelli Jones racing family. Alex Leras paved the way for the women you see today working in racing as she did her job in the late 1970s through to mid 1990s. As a resident of Daytona Beach for many years, with a background in journalism and English, I am proud and pleased for you to read her review of FURIOUS LOVE (Thanks, Sis!)
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