RICHARD BURTON - His Love Letters
New Release June 2010
The King Of Crazy Love...
Everyone who knows me is aware of how much I love the magazine Vanity Fair. I have told my closest friends that I either intend to write for it one day or be in it. Either way would be grand!
So a month or so ago I read an article about Grace Kelly who I never read much about before and the article was really good. I have always been a big fan of biographies because I love to find out how a person becomes who they are. What choices did they make? What kind of family did they have or how "crazy" did it ever really get? I'm not just talking about actors or actresses. I have always been interested in all sorts of people and their adventures.
The funny surprise for me was how Alfred Hitchcock described Grace Kelly. The line that he used to describe her was "She is like a snowcapped volcano." This made me laugh a lot. What a line!! AND from someone who knew her well! It really did take her away from that "perfect girl" image. I really enjoyed it!
The most recent Vanity Fair talks about Liz Taylor and Richard Burton's Romance of the Century. I actually had to read the article twice. I was so in love with Richard Burton's letters!!!! He was truly an amazing writer! I could feel his love for Liz in every word even when he was hurting or she left him because he drank too much. He was tragedy at it's best! Man, did they have a romance! The interesting thing about Elizabeth Taylor is that she did not come across as shallow as I had read before. I always used to assume she was only going for the money, but after reading this article I saw something else. This really shocked me that I actually sort of liked her. Married a million times, gifts from very wealthy men, her crazy love affair and marriages with Mr. Burton and whoever else. I thought to myself, this is one tough cookie!!!!! I do think that their love was true after reading the letters. I'm a hopeless romantic so I really read them. Especially his since they were the main point of the article and the recently released book called Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the marriage of the Century to be published this month by Harper.
In one of the letters he even says that he would have loved to be a writer instead of an actor. I could tell that he would have been a very successful one. I felt sorry for him near the end and evidently Liz keeps his final letter he mailed to her right before he died next to her bed. No one has ever seen it and he was married to someone else when he wrote it to her. Like he never got over her and he wanted her to know. This is true romance at it's best!
I will just leave you with one of his letters below.
Continued with the same gifted pen. It's no use pretending that you are an ordinary woman. Quite clearly, like this pen, you are not. I don't mean, for a second, that you are in any way comparable to a pen. And yet you are, like this divine pen you are heavy and light at the same time...How to watch the puritanical face relax into slow lust? How to watch that watch catch it's breath, and, for a speck of a speck of a millionth of a second, become the animal that all men seek for in their women. And since we're talking of pens and you, how to watch the ink splurge out of the pen...reaching out from the inner depth of the divine body. Will you incidentally, permit me to #$%^ you this afternoon? Yours truly (you have just come into the room), R.B.
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