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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
ebook, 544 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 15th 2009)
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This couple was 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
Sep 16, 2016 Willow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally don’t read Hollywood biographies. However, I wanted to read this one, simply because I was curious about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It’s not every day you see two very famous people so passionately in love. But then again, this is the story the authors were trying to promote. The book starts off saying that one of the last things Richard Burton did was write a love letter to Elizabeth, which Elizabeth didn’t share with them. Yet Richard Burton’s widow, Sally, insists there w ...more
May 24, 2014 GoldGato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 08, 2010 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Jan 27, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lucie Miller
Feb 14, 2015 Lucie Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Furious Love
Loved this definitive biography on this "marriage of the century" of Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Sir Richard Burton.
A riveting and well-written biography on the greatest Hollywood love story ever told. The biographers interviewed Elizabeth Taylor numerous times and were the only journalists given access to her extensive collection of personal letters and journals. They also interviewed the Burton family at length, including Burton’s actress daughter Kate. This is an informed biography
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
Lee Anne
Aug 05, 2010 Lee Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
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
Jul 13, 2010 Deodand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, europe, usa
My interest in all things regarding Elizabeth Taylor put me first in line to read this book. I have a strange attachement to her life story - it is incredible and compelling to imagine myself in half the situations she experienced.

I cannot imagine the burden of her life. She is quoted in the book calling herself a freak and I guess that term comes closest to describing her. She is a one-off, a fantastic phenotype. Her genetic blessings gave her so much, and yet she and Richard both are portraye
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.
Feb 09, 2016 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this book. Although the author breezes quickly through their lives and marriages prior to their meeting, I still felt like I was getting the same old biography, and that I knew most of it already. However, before the cameras even roll on “Cleopatra”, I became intensely captivated. For starters, the author writes extensively about Taylor’s contracts, which typically include all kinds of insane perks, like $3000 a day for ‘small expenses’. The author recognizes this ...more
I discovered Furious Love through a People's book review. As soon as I saw the review, I knew I had to read this. It was a few weeks later when I was at the bookstore and convinced my mom to buy me it. I practically devoured the thing.

Furious Love tells the in-depth love story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a relationship that is famous for being the first ever "It" relationship, not to mention the scandal that followed it. The couple married, split, and remarried, splitting again sho
Sep 27, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Feb 19, 2011 Frannie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2011 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book! I have been drooling over this for awhile --hoping for it to come into my boyfriend's bookstore but I finally got it at the library. I do intend to own it someday as I consider it to be the final word on this amazing couple.
Incredibly enriched by help from Dame Elizabeth herself in the form of sharing memories and letters from Richard Burton never shared publicly before and even some of his lovely and dark poetry shared by other wives, this book is a true revelation. Much
Jun 14, 2012 Lex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Jun 23, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, biography
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
Feb 15, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
Elizabeth Taylor existed long before the internet and easy paths to fame, such as reality shows, youtube, and paparazzi available by text message (in fact, the term paparazzi was coined while she was in Italy and the photographers were swarming her and Burton). She worked hard to control her image, manipulate the media, and catapult herself into fame and, as a result, will be remembered as one of the most famous people of all time.

While I find heterosexual love stories completely banal, I couldn
Sep 15, 2010 RNOCEAN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger
Harper, 2010
438 pages
Non-fiction; Celebrity
5/5 stars

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
Apr 25, 2012 tea_for_two rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2012
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
Jul 25, 2011 Matthew Kresal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2011 Happyreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-and-memoir
My mom and I were talking tonight about a fancy soiree I’ll be attending when my mom asked me, “What jewels will you be wearing?” After I stopped laughing (so not the fancy jewel type of gal), I replied, “I just finished reading about Elizabeth Taylor and all the jewels she got from Richard Burton.” My mother remembered all of those jewels well and agreed I’d come nowhere near replicating Taylor’s appearance at the Rothchild’s Proust ball with her hair encrusted with priceless jewels.

The jewels,
Blog on Books
Oct 13, 2010 Blog on Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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