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Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed

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Publisher Comments:

ON SCREEN THEY WERE STARS.

 “A portrait of four profoundly flawed yet awesome leading men, as well as a window into a time when glamour was sacrosanct and when stardom was achieved rather than manufactured.” —Playboy

“As the colorful anecdotes collected in this book make clear, some stars are born rather than made.”—New York Post

“Sellerss outrageously entertaining history proves that todays celebrities dont have much on Richard Burton, Peter OToole, Richard Harris, and Oliver Reed.”—The Daily Beast

Hellraisers takes us back to the glory days of stage and screen actors Peter OToole, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, and Oliver Reed.”—Connecticut News

OFF SCREEN THEY WERE LEGENDS!

“So wonderfully captures the wanton belligerence of both binging and stardom you almost feel the guys themselves are telling the tales.”—GQ

“Like the rejuvenating martinis and blurry haze of cigarettes in Mad Men, Robert Sellerss nostalgic Hellraisers . . . amounts to an unapologetic celebration of the plastered and the damned.”—The Wall Street Journal

A rowdy collection of greatest hits.”—The New York Times

“An incredibly entertaining series of anecdotes, interspersed with unpretentious and conversational interviews—all about drinking.”—Los Angeles Times

“The most outrageous film book of the season, by far.”—The Buffalo News

THE BOOZY BIOGRAPHY OF THE FOUR GREATEST ACTORS TO EVER WALK—OR STAGGER—INTO A PUB.

Review:

"Show business biographer Sellers (The Battle for Bond) chronicles the booze-soaked lives of four of the stage and screen's most bombastic performers. Welsh Burton (1925 — 1984), Irish-born Harris (1930 — 2002), Irish-born and English-raised O'Toole (born 1932) and English Reed (1937 — 1999) gave some of the 20th century's most memorable performances, but were equally famous for their offscreen antics. Except for Reed, their careers began on the British stage, before all four were lured to Hollywood, starring in such classics as Lawrence of Arabia (O'Toole), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Burton), Camelot (Harris) and The Three Musketeers (Reed). Consuming staggering amounts of alcohol on a daily basis, all were forces to be reckoned with on the set, often turning up too drunk to perform. Burton's tempestuous affair with Elizabeth Taylor — which led to two marriages and two divorces — often eclipsed his talent, while O'Toole, Harris and Reed saw their careers slump in the late 1970s and '80s, only to be revived by roles in such successful films as Troy (O'Toole), the Harry Potter franchise (Harris) and Gladiator (Reed). Though Sellers often muddles the chronology by switching too often between the four's liquored-up antics, his glimpse into Hollywood's culture of excess is more than enough to satisfy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends. "Hellraisers" is a greatest hits package of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior--told with humor and affection.

Synopsis:

The Boozy Biography of the Four Greatest Actors to Ever Walk--Or Stagger--Into a Pub.
 
Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends!
Hellraisers is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests. Indeed, acts so outrageous that if you or I had perpetrated them we could have ended up in jail. Their mercurial acting talent and love from the press and the public allowed them to get away with the kind of behaviour that todays film stars could scarcely dream of. They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.
This book traces the intertwining lives and careers of Burton, Harris, O'Toole, and Reed, plus an assortment of other movie boozers who crossed their path. It's a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package, as it were, of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You cant help but enjoy itafter all, they bloody well did.

"God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell."--Richard Burton

"I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think that I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave."--Oliver Reed

"I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties."--Richard Harris

"Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it."--Peter O'Toole

Synopsis:

The Boozy Biography of the Four Greatest Actors to Ever Walk--Or Stagger--Into a Pub.
 
Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends!
Hellraisers is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests. Indeed, acts so outrageous that if you or I had perpetrated them we could have ended up in jail. Their mercurial acting talent and love from the press and the public allowed them to get away with the kind of behaviour that todays film stars could scarcely dream of. They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.
This book traces the intertwining lives and careers of Burton, Harris, O'Toole, and Reed, plus an assortment of other movie boozers who crossed their path. It's a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package, as it were, of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You cant help but enjoy it—after all, they bloody well did.

"God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell."--Richard Burton

"I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think that I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave."--Oliver Reed

"I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties."--Richard Harris

"Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it."--Peter O'Toole

About the Author

ROBERT SELLERS is the author of eight books. He contributes regularly to Empire, Total Film, Cinema Retro, and The Independent. A former stand up comedian, he lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312553999
Subtitle:
The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed
Author:
Sellers, Robert
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Outlaws
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110426
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 16-page black-and-white pho
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Show business biographer Sellers (The Battle for Bond) chronicles the booze-soaked lives of four of the stage and screen's most bombastic performers. Welsh Burton (1925 — 1984), Irish-born Harris (1930 — 2002), Irish-born and English-raised O'Toole (born 1932) and English Reed (1937 — 1999) gave some of the 20th century's most memorable performances, but were equally famous for their offscreen antics. Except for Reed, their careers began on the British stage, before all four were lured to Hollywood, starring in such classics as Lawrence of Arabia (O'Toole), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Burton), Camelot (Harris) and The Three Musketeers (Reed). Consuming staggering amounts of alcohol on a daily basis, all were forces to be reckoned with on the set, often turning up too drunk to perform. Burton's tempestuous affair with Elizabeth Taylor — which led to two marriages and two divorces — often eclipsed his talent, while O'Toole, Harris and Reed saw their careers slump in the late 1970s and '80s, only to be revived by roles in such successful films as Troy (O'Toole), the Harry Potter franchise (Harris) and Gladiator (Reed). Though Sellers often muddles the chronology by switching too often between the four's liquored-up antics, his glimpse into Hollywood's culture of excess is more than enough to satisfy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends. "Hellraisers" is a greatest hits package of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior--told with humor and affection.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Boozy Biography of the Four Greatest Actors to Ever Walk--Or Stagger--Into a Pub.
 
Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends!
Hellraisers is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests. Indeed, acts so outrageous that if you or I had perpetrated them we could have ended up in jail. Their mercurial acting talent and love from the press and the public allowed them to get away with the kind of behaviour that todays film stars could scarcely dream of. They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.
This book traces the intertwining lives and careers of Burton, Harris, O'Toole, and Reed, plus an assortment of other movie boozers who crossed their path. It's a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package, as it were, of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You cant help but enjoy itafter all, they bloody well did.

"God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell."--Richard Burton

"I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think that I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave."--Oliver Reed

"I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties."--Richard Harris

"Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it."--Peter O'Toole

"Synopsis" by ,
The Boozy Biography of the Four Greatest Actors to Ever Walk--Or Stagger--Into a Pub.
 
Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter OToole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends!
Hellraisers is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests. Indeed, acts so outrageous that if you or I had perpetrated them we could have ended up in jail. Their mercurial acting talent and love from the press and the public allowed them to get away with the kind of behaviour that todays film stars could scarcely dream of. They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.
This book traces the intertwining lives and careers of Burton, Harris, O'Toole, and Reed, plus an assortment of other movie boozers who crossed their path. It's a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package, as it were, of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You cant help but enjoy it—after all, they bloody well did.

"God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell."--Richard Burton

"I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think that I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave."--Oliver Reed

"I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties."--Richard Harris

"Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it."--Peter O'Toole

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