The definitive story of Hollywood's most
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 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, NoËl 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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