You know I’m a Liz Elizabeth Taylor fan.
A really big fan. Always have been, always will be. She was the greatest actress of her age, and one of the most beautiful women of all time.
Well, there’s a new book out.
Furious Love, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger.
The title comes from a quote by Richard Burton: “Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.”
He wasn’t kidding.
I got a Border’s Gift Card from “the boy” for Father’s Day, and the book was in plain sight when I walked in; no need to browse.
It’s a page turner, and can’t putterdowner, and filled with information a LizanDickophile like me has never heard before. And believe me, I’ve read plenty…and lived through it on TV when I was a kid.
Yeah, some of it was old news, Debbie, Eddie, Liz, Cleopatra, and on and on.
But these two non-fiction writers, a married couple themselves, write like fiction and had access to Richard Burton’s letters to Elizabeth Taylor. And though the book is not entirely “blessed” by Dame Elizabeth, their access to the letters is an unprecendented event.
The love story alone is compelling, the life style they lived – yachts, jewelry, furs, travel, entourage, etc…well, we little people just don’t live that way.
Reading like a novel, it’s full of details on what they bought, wore, ate, where they lived, cruised, fought, and made UP!
And did they every drink, fight, and make UP? Oh My Cow, these two personify the very term “celebrity marriage” and their lives, loves, and lifestyle gave full employment to hundreds, if not thousands of paparazzi. They were condemned by the Pope and one Georgia Congresswoman, Iris Faircloth Blitch (seriously, that’s her last name…I did NOT make it UP!) wanted the two stars, then traveling outside the country, to be denied re-entry into the U.S. “on the grounds of undesirability.”
It isn’t for the kiddies; Elizabeth was a potty mouth, and Richard a total womanizer…we don’t want the younguns’ a growin’ UP too fast now, do we? It’s an awesome read, and even though Summer’s over(ish), if you’re going to the beach, take it with you.
Just remember to turn over each time you turn a page, who wants an uneven tan?