Welsh womanizer, chronic boozer, and commanding actor with a golden voice and mean self-destructive streak, Richard Burton may have been his own most challenging role. His life was hopelessly complicated even before Liz Taylor entered the picture (twice): he suffered the childhood loss of his mother and the daily domestic earthquakes of his alcoholic father. Like so many of his kind, the theater was both rescuer from futility and magnifier of bitter insecurities—which perhaps explains why he kept returning to the stage only to fly in paranoid retreat back to the unthinking... More >>>