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A Weighty Matter,
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This review is from: Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr (Hardcover)
Raymond Burr was a successful charcter actor specialising in playing villains.Then he was offered the role of Perry mason in the eponymous tv series,and his career really took off.The show was inovative for the time.It was a sort of dective show cum courtroom drama.This is still being copied today.the latest example of this being BBCs Silk.It even contained the trademark witness stand confession which Burr as Mason excelled at extracting.After perry Mason Burr went on to Ironside which was almost as successful.In private life Burr was a closet gay.For him to come out in those days would have been professional suicide so he spun a web of deceit.He claimed to have served in the armed forces when he had not.He claimed to have 3 wives whereas he had a brief marriage.He also claimed to have a deceased son which was also a figment of his imagination.The author does an excellant job of unveilling the truth in this informative and entertaing biog.My only slight grumble is the number of times he mentions the weight of Burr.It must be at least once a page.Other than that a very easy read.
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2011 15:20:35 BDT
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C. Kingswell says:
The author appears to be scoffing at Burr's sexuality and as such I found it slightly offensive, because I am a great fan of this actor. The heading for chapter 8 ( 'Your Slip Is Showing' ) is an example of this. And, yes, Burr did have a weight problem, but why harp on about it? The author has done his research well, but in my opinion he shows a certain disdain for and almost a resentment of his subject. Burr deserves much better treatment than this.
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