Raymond Burr - Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr - Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret
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  • 266 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • Illustrated in B&W
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard

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Raymond Burr (1917-1993) was an enigma. A film noir regular known for his villainous roles in movies like Rear Window, he eventually became one of the most popular stars in TV history. He delighted millions of viewers each week with the top-rated shows Perry Mason and Ironside.

But Burr was leading a secret gay life at a time in Hollywood when exposure would have been career suicide. To protect his secret, he invented a dark and tragic past for himself as a grieving husband and father. There was even an invented affair with a teenage Natalie Wood, twenty-one years his junior. The myths would be perpetuated again and again, up to and including his obituary in the New York Times.

Hiding in Plain Sight examines the totality of Raymond Burr's career and his personal life, including his relationship with his partner of over thirty-five years, Robert Benevides. Burr met Benevides, a struggling actor, on the set of Perry Mason. 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 in depth for the first time.

Author Michael Seth Starr interviewed thirty people who knew or worked with Burr for this book, including Angela Lansbury, Barbara Hale, Robert Wagner, Fred Silverman, and Arthur Hiller.

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Now in paperback, the complete story of the actor's career, including his secret gay life. Raymond Burr (1917-1993) was an enigma. A film noir regular known for his villainous roles in movies like Rear Window, he eventually became one of the most popular stars in television history as the lead actor on two top-rated dramas, Perry Mason and Ironside, which between them ran virtually uninterrupted for 20 years. But Raymond Burr was leading a secret gay life at a time in Hollywood when exposure would have been career suicide. To protect his secret, Burr fabricated a tragic past for himself as a grieving husband and father. He claimed to have been twice widowed - he said his first wife had died in a plane crash, and his second marriage had ended with his wife's early death from cancer. And there was also a dead son - 10-year-old Michael, who lost his battle with leukemia. Neither of the wives nor Michael ever existed. But that didn't stop these lies from being perpetuated again and again, even in Burr's New York Times obituary. Hiding in Plain Sight examines the totality of Raymond Burr's career and his personal life, including his 35 years with partner Robert Benevides. The author interviewed over 30 people who knew or worked with Burr, including Angela Lansbury, Barbara Hale, Robert Wagner, Gale Storm, and more.

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  • ISBN: 1557836949
  • EAN: 9781557836946
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