I've just finished reading this : the biography of Richard Burton. I love biographies and auto-biographies 'cos I'm
nosey interested in peoples lives.
It's a great read, an eye opener as you would expect.
It charts his early school years through his rise to fame and of course the 'Elizabeth Years' A hard drinker and smoker all his life, it's surprising he lived as long as he did really.
His health wasn't good either, but he kept that quiet, Elizabeth seemed to have the monopoly on ill health and operations, something that tried his patience towards the end of the marriage' He suffered from arthritis, gout, epilipsy and of course alcoholism.
He was a good father in the respect of providing for his children, and making sure their futures were secure, but by his own admission 'didn't like children'
Married 5 times (twice to Elizabeth Taylor), he never really found true happiness.
A good read with loads of notes from his own diaries, recommended.
take care peeps .............