Furious Love

Furious Love : The Love Affair of Elizabeth and Richard

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The definitive story of Hollywood's most famous coupleHe 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, Noel 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 48.26mm | 748.42g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 16 Page Photo Insert
  • 006156284X
  • 9780061562846
  • 275,092

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"[A] five-alarm blaze of a biography that enthralls like an Olympian epic. . . . The authors make an excellent case that each deepened the other's craft. . . . A vivid portrait of this...two-career marriage on steroids."--Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Long before there was Brangelina, the high-wire romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton rocked the world. In Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger provide dramatic historical insights into Hollywood's stormiest, up-and-down relationship. Every page is riveting. A hit book for sure!" Douglas Brinkley
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One of the best documentations ever written about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. I had the opportunity of meeting Elizabeth Taylor when she was visiting in Sydney, Australia, and she was an absolute delight - so very beautiful and so utterly charming. It is such a shame she and Richard didn't go ahead with their yearning to appear together in Macbeth. The authors of Furious Love have certainly captured the true essence of a true-life tale of passion, conflict and sadness.The Burtons' were perfection as a screen team and it seems almost impossible for their charisma to ever be duplicated by any other actor or actress. Elizabeth Taylor was certainly the supreme Empress of the silver screen and Richard Burton was by all means a most compatible and captivating Prince Consort. by Noel Risbyshow more
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