Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage Of The Century
It seems predestined...fate, destiny, if you may. Always remembered and most respected actor, Richard Burton, left the Broadway triumphant of "Camelot" on September 16, 1961. 20th Century Fox studio wanted him to portray "Antony" in "Cleopatra." Richard Burton heeded the call and left his monumental portrayal of "Arthur" to step into the togas of "Antony." Elizabeth Taylor (in one of her most memorable roles), was his Cleopatra. That is where "Furious Love" written by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger begins... and boy, oh boy, would Richard Burton learn the true meaning of "How to Handle a Woman."
Their tempestuous, complex and truly out-of-this world relationship, marriage, divorce; remarriage and divorce are grandly presented in the book. With seldom seen passages from Richard Burton’s diary and never-before-seen letters sent to Elizabeth printed with the consent of Elizabeth Taylor, the authors take the task to heart of two monumental people and a love affair of a lifetime.
The majesty, excess and battles of this dynamic duo along with the intense struggles on Richard Burton’s part to curtail his drinking are all parts of this fascinating tunnel of love. An "on-the-set" exploration of the films in which they starred together documents the creative work, so important and so not... at various times in their marriage.
Their love for each other was really of epic proportions for the times. "Furious Love" is a true-to-heart look at this love and how the two stars weathered many a media storm by knowing they had each other. The press of the day coined them "Liz and Dick," which they hated and this duality of public and private is extensively brought to light in the book. Though, for a genuinely romantic, personal and up-close discovery of Richard and Elizabeth and their "marriage of the century," look no further than "Furious Love."