Book Review 43: Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger

24 Oct

Glorious. I am a celebrity gossip enthusiast (to put it mildly). I think there’s a social value to gossip that is under appreciated, and I think that particularly holds true for historical gossip.  Liz Taylor and Richard Burton’s passionate, sordid marriages and affairs jump started the celebrity gossip industry as we know it today. Those iconic photos of them, frolicking on a yacht in Rome, clearly ignoring their marital vows, sparked an entire tabloid industry [pictured]. They lived their lives entirely in the public eye, and the public ate it up. The ups, the downs, the divorce, the remarriage – it was like a real life movie.

And the fascinating thing is that it was real. What you take away from this book is how powerful their connection was. Liz Taylor married many men, and married many men after Burton, but he was it. They were It for each other. They both had their demons – alcohol, food, other women, other men, and ultimately that was what made it impossible for them to be each other.

But days before Burton’s death, he wrote Taylor another love letter.  They were always just going to be in love. I’m not a love-at-first-sight kind of girl, but there’s just something so raw and honest about their relationship. Their alcohol fueled fights, their absolute public adoration of eachother, their over the top gestures – it was like reality television before reality television.

Their relationship skyrocketed their careers, created the tabloid industry, coined the term “paparazzo” and will go down in history as one of the great romances of all time. This book somehow manages to show you that beneath the glamour and over-the-top nature of their relationship, they were basically just two flawed people obsessively in love. It’s a fascinating read.

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