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

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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 centu...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 15th 2009)
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Jessi
This couple was epic
FUCKING EPIC.
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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
GoldGato
This turned out to be much better than I thought. Instead of the usual gossipy trash one normally sees in celebrity biographies, the authors stay even-keeled and provide the reader with a chronological overview of the Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor romance and marriage. They don't really dive in too deeply, but they were given access to the letters that Burton sent to Taylor throughout their life together.

I was surprised by learning just how deeply in love the two of them were with each other,...more
Suzanne
This book blew me away! I have never read such a passionate love story. I can also say that I have never read such a story of mutual self-destruction. I don't consider myself to be overly romantic, but I do believe that everyone has a soulmate. Some people are lucky enough to find theirs. My parents were soulmates. I am forever grateful that they died together because I can't imagine one going on without the other. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are such soulmates, but they also were the em...more
Heather
This was a good biography, but not great. 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 think that this could have used a stronger edit. The chronological order was off at times. At one point Talyor went to only a few rehearsals of Hamlet and then later she was there a lot and the cast loved her. It also had the problem that many biographies have of being very rich and full bodied in the being and then thinning out in an...more
Janet
I've never been a particular fan of either Taylor or Burton's careers, nor especially interested in their romance -- but I was unexpectedly caught up in this excellent account of their passionate, enduring, ferocious love for each other. The author, who was given access to Taylor's letters from Burton, walked a nice line between revelation and discretion. We see both Burton and Taylor up close, warts and all, but always with a sense of affection and respect.

Kashner makes a plausible case for th...more
Julia
I read this book for a guilty pleasure, and found it interesting, if not compelling, and averagely written, with a few moments that made me cringe (for the writing, separate from the lives being described). But hey - it was a guilty pleasure.
Stephanie Dray
They met on a movie set where she played Cleopatra and he played Antony, roles they would play for the rest of their lives. Like Cleopatra, Liz Taylor was glamorous, powerful, touched by scandal and always just slightly aloof. Like Antony, Richard Burton was a rough and tumble drunkard with an inferiority complex, a brilliant loser who would be nominated for an Academy Award seven times but never win.

Their love affair went on for twenty-five years, through multiple marriages, divorces, and chro...more
Lee Anne
Everyone and no one should have a love like this. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton loved each other so much it ruined the both of them. Elizabeth, so used to being spoiled and petted, and so skilled at being famous, controlled their crazy, decadent life. 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. Richard, a poor Welshman who always found acting an unmanly and degrading...more
Frannie
I didn't know much about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's relationship but after reading an excerpt of Furious Love in Vanity Fair over the summer, my interest was piqued. After finishing Furious Love, my interest was still piqued because it was clear that the story of "Liz and Dick" is a really juicy one, but I'm sorry to say the book didn't do it justice.

Weak writing and editing distract me while reading a book, regardless of how interesting the subject matter is, and Furious Love sadly s...more
Louise
This book merely scratches the surface of a complex relationship. The authors tell this story of fame and excess. 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. Another theme is that their joint projects reflected the status of their relationship.

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
Jamie
This book gets 5* for how much I enjoyed it, learned from it, and for pulling a tear from me at the end. What a passionate love story, one that never died as both were living. They were so in love with each other, yet, unable to totally make it work. The very definition of co-dependent, they loved each other, but were terrible for each other. Their liquor consumption was astounding. Both came at it from different angles but met beautifully in the middle. I love them both and just want to watch t...more
Randall Smith
While reading this book, I kept thinking of Shakespeare’s phrase, “the ostentation of our love” because it seemed as if Burton needed to show the world how much he adored Taylor. He had to buy her the largest diamonds, bestow on her the most fabulous jewelry, lavish her (and ravish her) for all the world to see. And what is odd, after reading his diaries also, he actually seemed to believe he loved her.

But Burton is hard to understand. Obviously intelligent, wonderfully tutored (by his adopted...more
RNOCEAN
"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 e...more
tea_for_two
My deep dark secret is my love of celebrity gossip. I hate that I find it so entertaining and addictive, and every year I swear that I’m going to stop paying attention to what Lindsey Lohan and Bradgelina are up to, but I can’t help myself. As soon as I have spare time, I inevitable find myself at The Superficial or Celebitchy, catching up on all the latest. So I figured that Furious Love, the story of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and their paparazzi studded romance and existence, would be a...more
Matthew Kresal
In a our current age of paparazzi and continuous scandals it's hard to believe that all that really began nearly a half century ago. It began with the turbulent love affair and marriages of actor Richard Burton with actress Elizabeth Taylor during the 1960's and 1970's. Together, they were two fine actors whose subsequent careers, and legacies, would be defined by them. While many books have looked at their lives, Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, looks at the relationship that...more
Robin
I have been having a Liz Taylor-Richard Burton movie marathon since I finsihed "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century." I've been in awe of the Burtons since discovering Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. My friend David and I used to watch it over and over in college. I was shocked to learn that Liz was younger than I was when she made that movie - she just looked older thanks to makeup and wigs. I felt sorry for them having to live their lives constantly i...more
Blog on Books
When Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, authors of “Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and The Marriage Of The Century” mentioned to a college-age acquaintance that they were considering writing a book on the Taylor-Burton romance, the response was “I never knew Elizabeth Taylor was married to Tim Burton!” The writers were shocked, as was Elizabeth Taylor, who responded by giving the biographers access to nearly forty never-before-published letters and notes written to her by the l...more
Lex
Wow! What a book!!

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
Amanda R
This book was both excellent and terrible. The terrible part was the writing. The authors apparently haven't the slightest idea how to construct a paragraph, the chronology is all over the place, and a review of what foreshadowing actually is would be a good idea. (Hint: More subtlety is required.)

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
Kris
I've already read a lot on Taylor in the past,so I knew a fair amount about her relationship/obsession with Richard Burton. I was pleasantly surprised that there were many details here I hadn't heard before. It's obvious that much time was put into research. Dame Elizabeth herself even co-operated!

Reading about this couple brings out a mixture of fascination and disgust with me. It may well have been better for them if they had never met.

On a more picky note, some factchecking by editors would...more
Lisa James
Very well done. It was engaging, fascinating, & a really intimate look at a very public couple. It left me feeling more sorry for them both more than anything. A love of a lifetime, for both of them. Plus, the addition of 2 of Richard's unpublished poems in the back of the book that were found in his papers after his death. He was actually a good writer, I wish his books, etc that he started throughout his life would have been finished & published posthumously. There are 2 sections of bl...more
Shanti
May 04, 2013 Shanti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jennine
This book was strangely involving and engrossing and you did really feel that you got to know a lot more about both Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and their relationship than is generally known. Some interesting insights into addiction to both alcohol and conflict. It did a good job of showing that time in Hollywood and how the paparazzi started on the road to invasion of privacy that they practice today. I am not sure how two people who could not deal with their insecurities or demons and...more
Tara
This book was much talked-about because of the author's access to the Taylor-Burton letters. This material really comes into its own towards the end of the book. Burton's love letters to Elizabeth are very moving. Anyone who has read his diaries will know what a gifted writer he was. One senses the tragedy of a man who, unlike Elizabeth, was not a survivor. The book in general is not dissimilar to other biographies and the writing isn't always as sharp as it could be. That said, the focus on the...more
Greta
I really enjoyed this book. It shows the pathos of the couple but maintains a respectful distance. I found myself more curious of Elizabeth's Taylor's background and how it contributed to her difficulties. I felt that I understood more clearly Richard Burton's background and how it contributed to his difficulties and triumphs.I am going to research and find a good biography on Liz Taylor...as I feel compelled to know more about her life and how it shaped the woman and lover she became. This book...more
Nancy
I enjoyed this but it wasn't as good as I would have liked. I found a glaring factual error, (Ringo Starr was not married to Barbara Bach in '71/'72) and each chapter felt like it was written independently of the others. This let to a lot of repetition of information. I did love reading Burton's own writing and I appreciated that it was authorized so it had a lot of quotes from Elizabeth, Burton and their families. It's amazing how even though his drinking killed their marriage (and him in the e...more
Pat
For a child of the 50s and 60s who remembers the epic movie "Cleopatra" and the even more epic headlines surrounding the volcano that was the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton love affair,this is a surprisingly tender,funny, honest and poignant trip back to those days. Avoiding the salacious and tawdry, Furious Love was written with Taylor's cooperation, before she died and , as she explicitly requested, is ultimately a tribute to Burton's genius and to the passionate/mad/crazy/scary roller- coast...more
LeeAnn Heringer
I hate to admit that this book ended up in to-read pile because quite a while ago, Amazon had a Valentine Day's list of 50 books, one for each state, and this was the one for California. Well, because this will show how far behind in my to-read pile I am.

But I honestly didn't know how I was supposed to feel about "Liz and Dick" by the end of the book. I'm not a big fan / follower of celebrity culture. Am I supposed to envy them, the decades of non-stop partying, the drinking, the jewelry, the ho...more
Elizabeth
Okay, I'm ditching this. It's just getting to be too much like an AAA trip-ticket combined with shopping list. There's just not enough analysis. I could have told you that Richard Burton was the product of a Welsh mining village and Elizabeth Taylor the MGM backlot. That's not analysis, that's a fortune cookie. For furious love, this is really boring.
Barbara
Liz and Dick, what a marriage(s). These two really are the extreme example of actors marrying actors.

Listening to this audio book I believe was much like Elizabeth and Richard's marriage: long, drawn out, passionate, annoying, boring, exciting, ugly, and beautiful. However for all that, it only comes out to 2 stars. It's not really because of the subject matter, their marriage is extremely interesting, however the author clearly did not hire an editor or decided to edit the book himself because...more
Sophia Dorval
One of my favorite books of all time. A story chock full of opulence, excess to the tenth power, liquor (naturally ), addiction (that is usually how these things progress ), marriage(s), divorces, jet setting, film shoots, and loss. They had an incredible love affair, however destructive it clearly was. It was one of the fastest reads of my life, largely because Burton could have been a wonderful writer. The dialogue is spot on, the famous friends astounding. Kimye and Brangelina have nothing on...more
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