Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr (Anglais) Relié – 15 août 2008
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The author claims the original Japanese version was a low-budget throw-away of a film, when in fact it was the most expensive film ever made by Toho up to that time and is highly-regarded by those who know what they are talking about. The author cannot also cannot understand how Mr. Burr came to admire the film when in fact it is easy to understand why.
It is a pity the author did not do proper research rather than rely on misinformation and his own personal prejudices.
As for his writing style, it is overly insouciant (with puns for chapter titles) and gives a false impression that somehow he - the author - was on intimate terms with the actor.
Therefore, any additional facts considering Mr. Burr must be taken in the context of having been noted by an author who makes at least one critical error, giving the impression that his other "facts" must also be taken into questionable consideration.
Raymond had a very interesting life and I can understand hiding his homosexuality in those early days. For sure it would have ruined his career. Not like it is now where a lot of the celebrites are coming out and pretty open about their personal lives. I knew that Raymond was gay.
Today I just returned from visiting the "Raymond Burr Vineyards" in Healdsburg, CA. Since I live in the San Francisco Bay Area it really wasn't that far away. I had a wonderful time there. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to meet Raymond's domestic partner Robert Benivides who is now 84 years old because he was attending a special event in San Francisco. I understand that he is usually at the winery every day. I would have loved meeting him. I loved being there seeing all the photographs of Raymond when he was a young man on the walls plus photos of Robert Benivides when he was very young. Also on shelves were the awards that Raymond won. It was interesting to know that he was a wonderful cook, knew how to raise orchards, make wine. I didn't know that he knew how to do so many different things. I asked Kent the man working there if Barbara Hale (Della) ever visited the winery. I was told that she was now 94 years old and still very sharp and was supposed to visit last November but couldn't make it. I think she has been there in the past when Raymond was still alive. She does speak with Robert Benivides on a regular basis.
Getting back to the book, it was very interesting. It explains a lot about Raymond's life. I highly recommend it to any Raymond Burr fan.