The Secret Life of Raymond Burr
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
On Sale: April 15, 2008
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The complete story of the actor's career, including his
secret gay life. Raymond Burr (1917-1993) was an enigma. A
film noir star regularly known for his villainous roles in
movies like Rear Window, he delighted millions of viewers
each week with the top-rated shows Perry Mason and Ironside,
which ran virtually uninterrupted for 20 years. But Burr was
leading a secret gay life at a time in Hollywood when such a
lifestyle was akin to career suicide. He invented a tragic
biography for himself in which he was mythologized as a
heartbroken husband and father. There was even an invented
affair with a teenage Natalie Wood, 21 years his junior. He
fought for truth as Perry Mason and Robert T. Ironside, yet
he couldn't admit his own deception. Burr met his partner,
struggling actor Robert Benevides, on the set of Perry
Mason, and they remained together for over 35 years until
Burr's death. Together, they built a business empire,
traveled the world, and shared their passion for orchids and
fine wine - keeping the true nature of their relationship a
secret from all but their closest friends - a secret
revealed here for the first time in depth.
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