The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed

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Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars, off screen they were legends. This is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests--indeed, acts so outrageous that if ordinary mortals had perpetrated them they would have ended up in jail. They got away with the kind of behavior that today's film stars could scarcely dream of, because of their mercurial acting talent and because the press and public loved them. They were truly the last of a breed. This is a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You can't help but enjoy it--after all, they certainly did.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312553999
Characteristics: 286 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 01, 2017

I really didn't expect this book to be so sad. Burton & O'Toole especially were such incredible talents, turning in fabulous performances even when smashed. I instantly loved them both. How tragic they cut their own brilliance so short. I was also surprised to learn that Harris' films late in life were actually him! He had damaged himself so much by then, he was unrecognizable.
I also thought the author should not have included Oliver Reed in this book... in no way was he in the same realm as Burton, O'Toole, & Harris. These 3 men were giants - Reed was nothing but a spoiled sociopath. I got to the point where as soon I got to a segment talking about Reed, I just skipped it. Betty Davis was right. He was loathsome. I knew there was a reason I never liked the creep. The segments on him were a waste of paper.

May 29, 2017

a great read...some of the antics of these fellows are just unbelievable...what a bunch of wild guys..and such great actors...no one will ever come close to what they gave us in the way of movies and plays...

Sep 20, 2014

Loved this book - a riotous, rambling tale of 4 much admired actors, all of whom had a penchant for pubs, parties and alcohol to the extreme. I couldn't put the book down until I read the last page. They don't make them like these fellows any more.


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