I guess it was love that drove Taylor and Burton to such excess. Not only did they spend more than nearly everybody including some small countries way back in the sixties, they also drank more, brawled more, moved more than anyone else and made some of the worst movies ever destroying themselves and their careers in the process. Added the trailer to 'Boom' from 1968, one of their truly awful movies from this time,
This book documents their crazy out of control life during their marriage and what happened afterwards.
Burton later admitted that he was in such an alcoholic fog during his marriage that he made a movie and doesn't remember doing it.
If you remember the whole "Liz and Dick" mess, it is completely fascinating. It hard to remember that it covered ten years and ended up ruining both their careers. It also includes inserts from Burton's journals.
Very interesting story, but the book would have benefitted from better editing. It's repetitive and drags from time to time. Worth a read though.
This book reads like a novel but it tells the most accurate account of their love affair, from the private letters of Burton to Taylor and Burton's diary. It also portrays Burton as a genius actor, perhaps more so than Taylor, something that has been lost in translation in the American pop culture.
"The most recent book on Taylor, it grabbed headlines when it was published last July for its access to the couple’s intimate love letters. Author Nancy Schoenberger interviewed in the Globe & Mail, March 25 2011: "She called herself a broad. One time she said, “Richard’s a great actor; I’m just a broad.” I think that down-to-earth, self-deprecating warmth and humanness is why she stayed famous and beloved for so long.""
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