Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

The Secret Life of Raymond Burr

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(Applause Books). 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: 791.4502 B94s
Characteristics: ix, 266 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Secret life of Raymond Burr.


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Jan 15, 2021

Who knew, Raymond Burr was gay? But if you are looking for an in-depth look at his secret gay life you won’t find it in Michael Seth Starr’s “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr”. This book details Raymond’s public life, but barely touches his gay life. There are references to guys he brought into his life, but it never goes into what relationship he had with them. His long-time companion is mentioned, but again nothing of their personal relationship. Only their public one. You will find out a lot about Raymond, many his accomplishments and 1sts and that makes it worth reading. I do recommend it if you are interested in reading about him. I was just disappointed there was miniscule information on his gay life.

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.

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