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MENTOR RELATIONSHIP WITH A SMITTEN 17relationship with a smitten 17 old Natalie Wood unconsummated due to his gayness As a straight man I find t too painful to contemplate the very notionAlthough not always as revealing as one might want Sweet Stallion it s a decent showbiz bio fast moving and pithy giving us us all we really need to know and no Despite Burr s need to lie he seemed overall to be a decent fellow charitable and sensitive many of his good deeds went unpublicized by his own wish His fight to save co star William Talman s job after a trumped up scandal was another sign of Burr s decency Some readers have complained about the lack of lurid detailn the book which makes me wonder The County And The Kingdom if we ve read the same book orf they actually read Summer Heat! it There s annterview with a drag ueen about his one night stand with Burr for Crushed Ice instance and the attempt by the Hollywood Confidential to dig up dirt on the actor J Edgar Hoover started an FBI file on Burr once reps with the American Bar Association had determined he was a sex deviate In any case Burr s completely non forthcoming mannern his life left little or no trail he had few confidants to whom he would talk candidly Even his Perry Mason co star of many years Barbara Hale knew very little about him despite being on the friendliest of terms with him There are some caveats Sometimes Starr repeats bits of nformation even facts he d already given just a few pages before Some other reviewers here complained about the amount of detail given about the history of the Perry Mason show but I found that nteresting and since t s the main reason for
Burr s fame I didn t find t out of proportion The mportants fame I didn t find t out of proportion The Santa In Montana (Calder Saga importants that this The Moonshiners Daughter is the first real and balanced bio of the actor Under the circumstances I think the book does a good job not great but goodThe latter parts of the book talk about Burr sncredible business acumen he left an estate of 30 million his lavish epicurean lifestyle his success Emmas Orphans in TV movies all the way to his deathn 1993 his virtual lording Saints on Stage it over ansland Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars, in Fiji that he owned and his final daysn his vineyard with his partnerBurr s most famous role was as Perry Mason a TV legal eagle who was like Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes than a realistic attorney He never lost a case It s childhood happy hours interesting that until this book nobody had applied Perry Mason s own tactics to get to the truth KRKY reposted with slight correctionsn 201. Partner struggling actor Robert Benevides on the set of Perry Mason and they remained together for over 35 years until Burr's death Together they built a business empire traveled the world and shared their passion for orchids and fine wine keeping the true nature of their relationship a secret from all but their closest friends a secret revealed here for the first time n dep. ,
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Nice look Given Time into Burr s lifeWith so many uestions surrounding Burr s lifet was fun to read what might have been I m a huge Perry Mason fan and now a bigger Raymond Burr fan I remember sitting n the living room with my parents and sister the late fifties and early sixties many Saturday nights watching Perry Mason This biography recalls that time and provides an excellent overview of an actor who became one of the most popular TV stars of that era
Even Before That Hebefore that he success n films like Alfred Hitchcock s Rear Window albeit as the heavy rather than the hero Michael Seth Starr goes beyond Burr s acting persona to explore his secret personal life as one of the most closeted gay actors of that era The complex nature of Raymond Burr s life and character Guide Through the Old Testament is displayedn this biography that The Best-Case Scenario Handbook is both readable andnformative very disappointedpoorly written and a confusing mishmash of film summaries and authorial judgementthe author does not even attempt to understand his subject or offer any thoughtful analysis We never really get an The Last Days of the Romanovs idea of whether Burr evolvedn his thinking about the Vietnam war On the one hand the author tells us of Burr s support of the troops and his support of escalating the war effort and than we learn he
wanted the war to end and n addition he wanted to work on tv projects tothe war to end and n addition he wanted to work on tv projects to world peace This suggests to me that Raymond Burr became pro soldier but anti war but the author never tells us and Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, insteads content to tell us that Ironside appealed to Nixon voters stating that as Robert Ironside Burr portrayed a no nonsense law and order policemandid the author ever watch the show Robert Ironside was no Jack Webb He was a cerebral detective who was given to philosophical reflection and compassion and was devoid of any bigotry or strong arm tactics In fact the author spends very little time on the Ironside series LOSER including his relationship with the other cast members other than Don Galloway calling him sir This was a big negative for me because I was a huge Ironside fan Whenevernk was set to paper Home-Ec 101 in the popular press during actor Raymond Burr s lifetime for the purpose of telling anything about his life two things were true that there wasnk and there was paper Burr s life on paper was almost as total a lie as could possibly exist In this biography of the famed TV and movie actor Burr star of the long running series Perry Mason and villainous. Applause Books The complete story of the actor's career Exterminating Angel including his secret gay life Raymond Burr 1917 1993 was an enigma A film noir star regularly known for his villainous rolesn movies like Rear Window he delighted millions of viewers each week with the top rated shows Perry Mason and Ironside which ran virtually uninterrupted for 20 years But Burr was leading a secret .
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comes up with the story of an actor beset by secrets simply untenable n goldenup with the story of an actor beset by secrets simply untenable The Billionaires Secretive Enchantress (The Berutelli Escape, in golden Hollywood The biggest of these secrets of course was that Burr was gay He married once a sham of course and was beset by demons particularly his weight problem that prevented him from ever becoming a leading mann movies despite a strong handsome face and burly commanding voice Starr s book doesn t spend too much time on Burr s ancestry and early life thankfully as too many star bios seem to want to do today He uickly gets to the meat of what we want to know about his stardom and his secret life Even so Shake, Rattle and Roll in the earliest pages he paints a portrait of a lonelyntroverted young man who was ostracized at military school and who loved the arts flowers and his mother extremely the stuff of a stereotypical gay youth Oddly enough one of Burr s earliest roles onstage was A Private Midnight in a play called Let Us Be Gay Burr wove his own fictions and the press ate them up that he was a wounded decorated war hero world theatrical travelern his youth holder of advanced college degrees widower of a wife who died The Weavers Idea Book in a plane crash father of a boy who died of leukemia at age 10 and discoverer of Mayan ruins all lies The lies were absolutely necessary though to blur his homosexuality which would destroy his careern two seconds The genius of the lies especially about dead wives and failed marriages The Mission of Mooney Rooney is that when pressed to discuss them bynterviewers Burr could easily let himself off the hook by saying It s too painful to discuss Thus the straightness of his manhood could not be
Called Into Uestion Andinto uestion and pressed further for details Starr tracks down the sources of many of Burr s fictions often cobbled by the actor from news accounts of other people s tragediesStarr covers Burr s significant contribution to the film noir genre of the 40s and 50s Because of his The Road to There imposing weight he came to be typecast as malicious heavies and his workn films such as Raw Deal Pitfall and many Templars in America is wonderful to behold His most famous roles weren Hitchcock s Rear Window and Used (Getting Inside of V, in George Stevens A Placen the Sun that latter being the film role Burr took the most pride Inside a Barn in the Country in The book also covers parts of Burr s career not generally known aboutncluding his USO tours of The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums isolated military outposts fornstance Ay life at a time Athena in Hollywood when such a lifestyle was akin to career suicide Henvented a tragic biography for himself Tales from the Toolbox in which he was mythologized as a heartbroken husband and father There was even annvented affair with a teenage Natalie Wood 21 years his junior He fought for truth as Perry Mason and Robert T Ironside yet he couldn't admit his own deception Burr met his.
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