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Hiding in plain sight : the secret life of Raymond Burr

Author: Michael Starr
Publisher: New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Raymond Burr (1917-1993) was an enigma. A film noir regularly known for his villainous roles in movies like Rear Window, he eventually became one of the most popular stars in television history for nearly 20 years, first as defense lawyer Perry Mason, in TV's first one-hour crime drama, and then as the gruff, wheelchair-bound cop Ironside, in the first TV series to feature a disabled protagonist. But Burr was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Raymond Burr; Raymond Burr
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Starr
ISBN: 9781557836946 1557836949 9781423473718 142347371X
OCLC Number: 177016131
Description: ix, 266 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A Burr in the saddle --
California dreamin' --
An old wives' tale --
(Un)true romance --
Enter Perry Mason --
Howdy, partner: A little r&r --
A confidential matter --
Your slip is showing --
It's a jungle out there --
Raymond and the misses --
Redux and cover --
Twilight in the vineyard --
Where there's a will ... --
Raymond Burr credits --
Author interviews
Responsibility: Michael Seth Starr.

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Raymond Burr (1917-1993) was an enigma. A film noir regularly known for his villainous roles in movies like Rear Window, he eventually became one of the most popular stars in television history for nearly 20 years, first as defense lawyer Perry Mason, in TV's first one-hour crime drama, and then as the gruff, wheelchair-bound cop Ironside, in the first TV series to feature a disabled protagonist. But Burr was leading a secret gay life at a time in Hollywood when such a lifestyle was akin to career suicide. He 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.--From publisher description.

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