Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century
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 romanceoften called "the marriage of the...more
I was born in the early 80's so other then catching some of their movies "Liz and Dick" were just some famous people who got married and then divorced. I had no idea the drama "Le Scandale" how could my mother not tell me of this gold mine of epic gossip and decadence? That's what mothers are for to fill you in on what you missed when you were not alive, I do ask that she keep to the important stuff but she missed this bit and when I called her on it she shru...more
For those who like to glimpse the rich and famous there are tales of jewelry, yachts, royalty and fabulous entertaining. For Liz'n'Dick afi...more
I actually read this biography of the great marriages of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as research. I'm writing my second fiction novel and as I've always been captivated by the Taylor/Burton romance as seen in Cleopatra, I am basing the two main characters' love affair off events and circumstances from the "Liz-n-Dick Show." Theirs (Taylor and Burton's) is a duo romance, a real love between Elizabeth and Richard and the public persona and dog-and-pony show of Liz and Dic...more
Kashner makes a plausible case for th...more
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 e...more
I couldn't help but hear Burton's sensational voice through every entry. From the long entries about food and wine/beer and scenic restaurants, to the shorter ones about animals or something funny one of the children said or did--it brought this man full-circle. It was not surprising that he was jealous or incensed of Taylor's Oscars, or that he felt to an extent that he bet...more
Weak writing and editing distract me while reading a book, regardless of how interesting the subject matter is, and Furious Love sadly s...more
But, as I said it was also excellent, mostly because it contains ALL THE DRAMA. I can't think of any relationship more interesting and exciting and painful and dysfunctional than this one. I'm amazed...more
It seemed they lived a grand adventure complete with drama, illness, tragedy and passion. And lets don't forget the jewels.
I kinda wish I would have left them in the attic of my childhood. Reading about their excess was kind...more
I thought this was a topical read considering all of the talk surrounding Taylor's passing, as well as the planned tour and auction of her clothing in jewelry that's coming up. This provides interesting commentary and context. It also de-mystifies Eliza...more
Source: A bribe from my mom to take my sister to see Eclipse
Summary: The legendary love affair of Liz and Dick although they preferred Elizabeth and Richard, with new insights based on their private letters.
Thoughts: LizandDick is a topic I didn't know much about (I'm actually more of a fan of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, a couple with quite a few similarities) so I was excited to dig in t...more
Although this is a rather long book, I never lost int...more