Richard Burton: Prince of Players

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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From the depths of a small mining village in Wales to a star of Hollywood's silver screen, Richard Burton broke every rule in his quest for the American Dream. Burton made sure that he sipped the cup of life at its fullest. Twice married to Elizabeth Taylor, he is now revealed to have been one of Marilyn Monroe's secret lovers. The details of these licit and illicit relationships with Hollywood's most iconic stars will titillate and shock both newcomers to Burton's story and those already familiar with his fame. Munn's biography covers everything from Burton's early days on the London stage, to his star performance in Broadway's Camelot, to his wild nights in Hollywood with the likes of Errol Flynn, Peter O'Toole, and Frank Sinatra. Burton was known for his charisma, his explosive temper, his excessive carousing, and, above all, his stunning command of stage and screen. This first-ever look at the real Richard Burton is a must-read for any follower of film, history, and the rise of celebrity in America.
  

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I did enjoy this one. What a tumultuous life Burton had! Read full review

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Excellent bio of actor Richard Burton written by someone who knew him and who interviewed many of the people who knew and worked with Burton. Read full review

Contents

From the Land of Heroes
1
The Turning Point
13
Phil
19
From Jenkins to Burton
27
The Myth Maker
34
The Thing in his Head
43
The Reluctant Husband
48
The Watchful Celt
56
No More Marriages
144
For the Money We Will Dance
153
Hollywood vs the Bard The Culture Clash
160
The Dark Side
169
Fighting Germans and Villains
182
Spiralling Downward
190
The End of the Adventure
199
Been There Done That
212

Hollywood Hellraising
64
Lust and Life at 20th Century Fox
71
To Be Or Not To Be In Love With Claire
82
A Rich Socialist
91
Look Back in Joy
98
I Wonder Who the King is Screwing Tonight
108
Liz and Dick
114
The Best Bad Priest in the Business
133
Rock Bottom But Not Out
219
Top of the Heap Again
229
The Prince is Dead
240
The Plays Films and Television Works of Richard Burton
247
Acknowledgements Sources and Selected Bibliography
254
Index
257
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About the author (2008)

Michael Munn is a film historian and the author of twenty-five books, including Stars at War, The Hollywood Connection, and the bestseller John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth. As a journalist he has written extensively on cinema, crime, ancient history, and the World War Two. He lives in Suffolk, England.

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