Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

The Secret Life of Raymond Burr

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the life of the popular television and film actor, while focusing on the secret gay life that he led while maintaining a heterosexual public persona in order to protect his career.

Hal Leonard
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.

Publisher: New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781557836946
Branch Call Number: B BURR
Characteristics: ix, 266 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 20, 2018

I'm a huge Raymond Burr fan. He was a very private person, so I was hoping I'd learn something of his life. The book is so thin physically and on content. I only gave 2 stars because there were quite a few pictures I had never seen.

Aug 15, 2014

This book is great if you already have a willingness to learn about a gay person's thoughts in a time of non-acceptance. He is candid but not lurid. It underscores the special circumstance of an actor who was even more successful than anyone realized.


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