Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 266 pages
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The complete story of the actor's career, including his secret gay life. Raymond Burr (1917-1993) was an enigma. A film noir star regularly known for his villainous roles in 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 gay life at a time in Hollywood when such a lifestyle was akin to career suicide. He invented a tragic biography for himself in which he was mythologized as a heartbroken husband and father. There was even an invented 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 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 in depth.

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One of my favorite actors but looked everywhere for the book and could not find. So far I have enjoyed reading about his life.Thanks overstock for having this book Read full review

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr

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With his imposing bulk, cold blue eyes, and darkly menacing mien, Canadian-born actor Raymond Burr (1917-93) became typecast as a heavy in the movies from the 1940s on. His modest cinema fame was ... Read full review


A Burr in the Saddle
California Dreamin
An Old Wives Tale
Untrue Romance
Enter Perry Mason
Howdy Partner A Little RR
A Confidential Matter
Your Slip Is Showing
Redux and Cover
Twilight in the Vineyard
Where Theres a Will
Raymond Burr Credits
Author Interviews
Selected Bibliography

Its a Jungle Out There
Raymond and the Misses

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About the author (2008)

Michael Seth Starr (Northern New Jersey) has covered television at The New York Post for twelve years. He's written biographies of Peter Sellers, Art Carney, Joey Bishop, and Bobby Darin. He has appeared on the following national television programs to promote his books: The Today Show, The Early Show, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and Access Hollywood.

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