Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

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From veteran entertainment reporter Sam Kashner and biographer Nancy Schoenberger comes the definitive account of the greatest Hollywood love story ever told—the romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Kashner has interviewed Elizabeth Taylor numerous times and is the only journalist given access to her extensive collection of personal letters and journals, and he and Schoenberger have also interviewed the Burton family at length, including Burton’s actress daughter Kate. This is truly an authorized and singularly informed biography of these two larger-than-life stars, and of their glamorous, volatile, and audacious relationship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061996979
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 204,459
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Sam Kashner is the author of four nonfiction books, including the memoir When I Was Cool: My Life at the Jack Kerouac School, and one novel, Sinatraland. He has written extensively for Vanity Fair as a contributing editor.

 Nancy Schoenberger is the author of Dangerous Muse: the Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood; Wayne and Ford: the Films, The Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero; and three prize-winning books of poetry.  She teaches at The College of William and Mary where she directs the Creative Writing Program.


Poet and biographer Nancy Schoenberger is the author of Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the College of William and Mary.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Le Scandale 1

2 Very Important People 35

3 A Year in the Sun 61

4 No More Marriages 89

5 In from the Cold 109

6 Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor? 133

7 Married Love 157

8 Seduced by Faust 185

9 Boom! 211

10 The Only Game in Town 235

11 "Rings and Farthingales" 257

12 Fallen Stars 281

13 Bluebeard 309

14 Divorce His Divorce Hers 337

15 Massacre in Rome 365

16 Private Lives 395

Epilogue 427

Acknowledgments 439

Two Poems by Richard Burton 443

Endnotes 447

Bibliography 475

Index 481

What People are Saying About This

Douglas Brinkley

“Long before there was Brangelina, the high-wire romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton rocked the world. In Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger provide dramatic historical insights into Hollywood’s stormiest, up-and-down relationship. Every page is riveting. A hit book for sure!”

Kate Walsh

“[Furious Love] is fascinating, heartbreaking, and romantic.”

Patricia Bosworth

“Exciting and well-written, fast-paced yet containing a wealth of information, Furious Love is a fine read.”

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