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Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton: The Marriage of the Century [Kindle Edition]

Sam Kashner , Nancy Schoenberger
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Pressestimmen

“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)

“Exciting and well-written, fast-paced yet containing a wealth of information, Furious Love is a fine read.” (Patricia Bosworth, author of Marlon Brando: A Biography)

“[An] entertaining, blow-by-blow account of the life and times of an epic Hollywood couple... There is no shortage of saucy anecdotes in Furious Love...” (Wall Street Journal)

“[An] unfailingly respectful and journalistically honest chronicle. . . . Where this book breaks ground is in its ability to humanize these colossal celebs. . . . Reads like a Shakespearean drama.” (USA Today)

“I fell for Furious Love, hook, line and sinker... Ultimately Furious Love is utterly persuasive on the ineffable force of ‘the most notorious, publicized, celebrated, and vilified love affair of its day,’ offering a powerful portrait of the ecstasies and travails of overreaching passion and crippled psyches...” (Boston Globe)

“[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)

“An indulgent, plenty-of-fun book...the authors make shrewd observations...juicy…a good beach book.” (New York Times Book Review)

“[Furious Love] is fascinating, heartbreaking, and romantic.” (Kate Walsh)

Kurzbeschreibung

A tough Welshman, he was softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman: she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the king and queen of Hollywood. Yet their two marriages to each other represented much more than outlandish romance. Together, Elizabeth and Richard were a fascinating embodiment of the mores and transgressions of their time and even luminaries like Jacqueline Kennedy looked to them as a barometer of the culture. The enduring glamour, grandeur, drama and bravado embodied in the couple gave rise to the type of rabid gossip and wide-eyed adoration that are the staples of today’s media. Using brand-new research and interviews – including unique access to Taylor herself, the Burton family, and Taylor’s extensive personal correspondence – this ultimate celebrity biography is the gripping real-life story of a fairy-tale couple whose lives were even grander and more outrageous than the epic films they made.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 842 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Aurum Press (12. März 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1907532560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907532566
  • ASIN: B00BTI2OA6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #143.833 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Passionate and sad... 26. November 2010
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
It was undoubtably THE greatest love story of the 20th Century. I mean really, who else was more glamorous, more exciting than Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Two great artists, passionate as they get, but also sometimes pathetic in their great love for each other. This book is well written, it doesn't gloat on misery, it is kind and very entertaining as well as really touching. Alas, their luck would not last, whereas the love lives on forever. I also think it was especially kind of Dame Elizabeth to grant both writers access to the love letters of Richard Burton. She is a great "gal" and he was a great "guy".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ultimatives Buch 10. November 2013
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Das ultimative Buch zur großartigsten Liebesgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, rund um ein Starduo, dessen Strahlkraft "Brangelina" aussehen lässt wie Joey Heindle. Hier werden alle Lücken geschlossen, die bisherige Veröffentlichungen offen ließen - und das nicht etwa herablassend oder mit ruchlosen Gossip Monger-Methoden, sondern mit Herz und Zuneigung für zwei Verlorene. Die Liebesbriefe und Tagebucheinträge Burtons, die Liz Taylor den Autoren zugänglich gemacht hat, brechen einem das Herz. Das Buch erinnert vor allem daran, was sich für große Künstler hinter der sagenhaften Starpower verbargen, und wie ihre große Liebe für Taylor zur Komödie und für Burton zur Tragödie wurde, mit dem traurigen Schlußpunkt der Selbstparodie - nämlich der 1983er Bühnentournee mit Noel Cowards "Private Lives".
Ein tolles Buch.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Lieber auf das Original zurückgreifen! 27. Januar 2014
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Ich hatte mir das Buch als Ergänzung zu Richard Burton's Diaries gekauft, um die Zusammenhänge besser zu verstehen bzw. mehr Perspektive zu bekommen. Leider fällt es sprachlich deutlich hinter Burton's Brillianz, Herzblut und Pointiertheit zurück, erzählt vieles aus den Diaries nach (aber schlechter) und ist daher nicht wirklich eine grosse Bereicherung. Vielleicht würde man dann doch empfehlen, lieber das Original zu lesen, und sich den Kontext über Wikipedia o.ä. zu versammeln... Oder noch eine Biographie von E. Taylor zu lesen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Love of a Lifetime 12. April 2010
Von Amy Leemon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Written with the cooperation of Elizabeth Taylor, who gave the authors 40 letters written by Richard Burton to her - including one she received a few days after his death - and his widow who gave them his diaries, this is probably the most realistic account of this couple that we are going to get. Elizabeth Taylor told the authors "I don't care what you write about me - as long as you honor Richard". Richard Burton does seem to be the most sympathetic character in this book.

After they met on the set of Cleopatra and fell in love, their lives were never the same. They sincerely loved each other but in the end, one of them was more destructive than good to the relationship. I ended feeling sorry for Richard Burton and thinking he would have been much happier wearing an old sweater and teaching at some university.

I'm glad I read the book. I now have a whole different view of an actor I've enjoyed for years.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Guilty Pleasure 24. Juli 2010
Von debra crosby - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I grew up with a mother who was an avid film fan, and read Photoplay and Modern Screen magazines, enjoying the pictures alone until I was old enough to read the stories. I lived through the years of Le Scandale, as Richard Burton described his headline-grabbing affair with Elizabeth Taylor. My mother was horrified by their daring and, to many, immoral, hedonistic behavior and was appalled to read a quote by Ms. Taylor, asking "What are they saying about us now?" during the thick of things. However, I, as a young girl, couldn't get enough of the news of these two larger than life stars. I later grew into a movie fan myself and was constantly amazed by the talent that these two people possessed, as well as their propensiy for excess.

I therefore could not resist purchasing "Furious Love" and devouring it with a great deal of guilty pleasure. It is a book that is obviously sympathetic to Richard and Elizabeth, as they preferred to be called, and referred to themselves. They apparently hated "Liz & Dick," as they were called in the press, but seemed to understand that, under those names, they were a product and were also news. I enjoyed coming to see these two people as human beings, with all their faults.

It is the story of Burton, a frustrated writer and magnificent stage actor who made the uncomfortable transition to movies, where he guiltily enjoyed the money and fame that move brought him, and his insatiable love for Taylor, which he could not quench in spite of the guilt that also produced in him. He left his wife and children, caught up in a grand passion for the woman he was never able to forget.

Taylor and Burton lived life to its gaudy fullest, drinking and brawling their way around the world. Over time, their lifestyle took its toll on both of them, and ultimately led to the demise of their marriage (twice).

I have always admired Ms. Taylor's mental toughness and seeming ability to deal with whatever life deals her. Apparently, she granted unprecedented access to herself and to her correspondence, for information regarding her tempestuous relationship with Burton. This book also had the cooperation of Sally Hay Burton, Burton's widow, as well as personal friends and professionals who worked with them. As such, it is a very revealing piece of work.

I would have liked for photos referred to in the text to have been included in the book. However, the photos that were provided are interesting.

Fortunately for the purposes of this book, Richard Burton was an avid journal-keeper and correspondent, frequently writing love notes and letters to Elizabeth Taylor even when she was in the next room. And the fact that his last letter was written to her on the day before he died is an incredible bit of irony and romance. It is the one letter that Taylor did not allow the authors to quote directly.

This is a sad story of two people who loved each other, but whose relationship was destroyed by a combination of excess (alcohol, spending/consumption, jealousy) and dark passion. But they loved each other nonetheless. In this book, Elizabeth and Richard are seen at their best and their worst. The waste of potential and talent and the subsequent losses they both sustained are truly tragic. But it is also the story of a love that was bigger than two of the biggest stars the movies have ever seen.

If you love reading about Liz and Dick, check out this story about Elizabeth and Richard. I can't imagine that anyone who is interested in these two wouldn't find something new here.

In short, I ate it up. I admit it. There, I said it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The roles of their lifetimes 2. April 2010
Von Jay Dickson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The scandal in the 1960s of the love affair and then marriage of Elizabeth Taylor, then the world's most famous movie star, and the great Welsh leading man Richard Burton, may have been the biggest celebrity story of the 20th century that didn't involve murder. The word "paparazzo" to mean a celebrity photographer was even coined in LA DOLCE VITA to describe the kinds of press agents Federico Fellini observed congregating around the two stars during their courtship in Rome on the set of CLEOPATRA, and for the next fifteen years their relationship was inescapably in the public eye, often crowding off the front page the great political events of the period. This new account of this relationship--in many ways a biography of both stars--is supplied by unprecedented access to Burton's diaries and private writings, and by the express consent of Ms. Taylor herself and also Burton's widow Sally; this is probably as close to the full story as we'll ever get to this famous marriage until after Elizabeth Taylor's death.

Even so, she seems to have allowed Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger pretty full much full rein in writing whatever they wanted about her and Burton, and though the authors seem (justifiably) taken with the Burtons' prodigious talents and their charisma, they also do not stint in describing their selfishness, excess, and even at times their cruelty towards one another and (particularly in Richard Burton's case) towards others outside their circle. Burton and Taylor took great pleasure on as living as largely as they could, and their incredible profligate spending, drinking, eating, and sex was not only reported constantly but was very much the basis for their relationship: they both loved such glamorous excessive gestures. (It was what she was very much accustomed to her entire life, and he reveled in this given how deprived he had felt growing up poor in the Welsh coal district.) Yet this took its toll on their health, and on the lives of their children and former partners, and their love of fighting often prompted them to be quite vicious to one another. His propensity for being unkind when drunk led him at times to lash out not just at her but at others in their line of sight, and one of the book's most upsetting accounts is his vicious excoriation of his three mentors--Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and Ralph Richardson--at a banquet in the Seventies (and we also read his regret expressed the next day in his diary when he's sober).

The book has a strong narrative drive, although it begins perhaps too rushed: we start right off with their first meeting, and are not given as strong a sense of her remarkable film career before CLEOPATRA (culminating in her fine performances with Montgomery Clift in the late 50s, and her winning the Oscar for her histrionic BUTTERFIELD 8 mostly through sympathy for her famous nearly-fatal health crisis) as we might have been. The account also suffers from the eventually wearying details of their excesses (Burton, apparently, was always frightened he would be a boring person without them and without his beautiful voice), and from the writers' often too-florid style, which suffers from an overreliance on cliche: for example, Taylor, we are told, "was born to rule, but she wanted a man's man, and in Mike Todd, she finally got one". But the account is redeemed by the writers' intelligent awareness of both how their talents blossomed in the early years of their courtship--they gave one another confidence, leading them to give their greatest performances ever in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, and for her to try acting on the stage--, and also of their intense likability. Her constant humorously self-deprecating awareness of herself as essentially a vulgar "broad" has always made it practically impossible to dislike her, and Kashner and Schoenberger are quite good at detailing his great sensitivity and wish to be a better person, which in many ways always redeemed him. These were two actors who found their most exciting roles married to one another and in the public eye, even if these roles as "Liz and Dick" ultimately could not be sustained forever.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen 2.75/3.0 retelling of the famous love affair 16. Juli 2010
Von SusieQ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I had a hard time rating FURIOUS LOVE (and almost as difficult a time finishing it), for two reasons. The first reason is, I've read all this before. Burton's rise from nothing - his constant philandering - the overwhelming pull of his love for Elizabeth Taylor - being torn between 'serious' work in the theatre or the quicker buck of the film world; the gradual fall into alcoholism and career doldrums. Taylor's early screen successes - her (generally unsuccessful, with the exception of Mike Todd) search for happiness in her first four marriages; the extravagance and mutual excesses of her life with Richard Burton which would eventually bring the lives together to an end. It's been written before. (And better, in some instances - especially with regard to Richard Burton. Read Melvyn Bragg's life of Richard Burton for a better book about his life.)

The second reason I had difficulty finishing the book -(which somewhat impinges on reason #1)- is this: for the umpteenth re-telling of the love affair and marriage of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to be *really* irresistible reading, the writing had better be crisp and the re-telling of the facts revelatory and fresh. Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger are, at best, pedestrian authors. Maybe it's something to do with the dual authorship, but the writing is lackluster. It's a cut above a tell-all, but only just (it maintains a respectful tone, probably due to the cooperation of Elizabeth Taylor and Sally Hay Burton with the authors). But, disappointingly, for a book about a "furious" love affair, the writing has no panache, no eloquence. Worse, despite Ms. Taylor's cooperation in sharing her thoughts, and Richard Burton's letters to her with the authors, the book has no poignancy.

Too bad Ms. Taylor doesn't publish her own memoir of her life with Richard Burton. A letter from Ms. Taylor to the authors, which is briefly quoted in their Preface, says more about her deep feelings for Burton and his effect on her life than any of the other 400+ pages of FURIOUS LOVE.

I expected so much more from this book. I'm so glad I only borrowed it from the library.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A fun, quick read...but 10. Juli 2010
Von MPANYC - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
The book is well written in the sense that it's an engaging, fun read. However, the book is riddled with factual errors. Can no one afford to hire fact checkers or copy editors anymore?
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