The Richard Burton Diaries

The Richard Burton Diaries

by Richard Burton, Chris Williams
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The Richard Burton Diaries 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CynBarrett More than 1 year ago
In his wonderful introduction Chris Williams, synopsizes this book as: "Burton watching his weight, watching his drinking, watching other men watching his Elizabeth." He also seems like a wonderful father too by his caring comments about the many children in their combined families. Richard Burton's very forthright in his contributions, and you get some tasty bits about some very famous people. Some standout stories involve actors, Rex Harrison and his wife Rachel Roberts. Their escapades - or more specifically Rachel's - are outrageous and downright hilarious. In Taylor and Burton's orbit, the drinks never stopped coming, and Rachel turned into a raving maniac when intoxicated. Other fun stories involve: Princess Margaret, Tennessee Williams, Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Maria Callas. On the more mundane side, you get travelogue like descriptions of people, places and food, being the couple was constantly traveling. Some find this boring, but not me. Richard's writing engages throughout, and reading this makes me yearn to have been part of one of their cocktail parties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These diaries are a good read and provide some insight into Richard Burton's reading and work habits. After finishing this book, my conclusion is that he was not a naturally happy person. But in addition to acting, he also had a gift for writing. This is not a book for those who want something titillating or very gossipy. It is the diary of an intelligent, mature, and thoughtful man living a life that was bizarre by the usual standard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago