I found Burr's story very compelling especially the lengths he went to conceal his secret life. He was a revered figure in Fiji and the orchid gardens he established are still giving joy. Perry Mason reruns continue to be one of my favorite television shows.
Raymond Burr, who played Perry Mason in the wildly popular television show "Perry Mason" and later in "Ironside," lived a secret gay life in Hollywood when such a revelation would destroy a career. Burr invented a biography for himself that included a wife and son who'd died, and used his busy schedule as a way to explain why he wasn't married. But Burr and his partner, Robert Benevides, had a relationship for 35 years that was secret to most of the world except for a handful of close friends.
Sure there was a knowing nod to Paul Lynde or Liberace, but for gay stars whose popularity was predicated on some level of machismo, letting the world know about their sexual orientation was never an option. Burr died inbut his partner of 33 years, Robert Benevides, today runs the family vineyard in California. The vine-covered hills undulated in front of us like a great swatch of green corduroy.
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The longtime partner of Raymond Burr says he has not seen the new book out on the late actor but is planning on writing his own tome about his life with Burr. Robert Benevides, 78, told the Bay Area Reporter that he is working with a writer to tell the story of his year relationship with the TV legend. Burr, best known for his role as TV's Perry Mason, died with Benevides at his side in in the home the couple shared in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County's wine country.
Today it's common knowledge that Rock Hudson was gay, but in the s a lot of effort went into maintaining his straight leading man image. Now a new documentary, "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" —featuring year-old Scotty Bowers, who was an unabashed pimp to the stars—sheds new light on that pre-Stonewall world. Here, to mark Hudson's birthday, are 20 gay and bisexual actors who became movie legends.
After his parents divorced, Burr moved to Vallejo, California with his mother and younger sister and brother. As soon as he came of age, Burr went to work as a ranch and a photo salesman to help support his mother and younger sister and brother. InBurr began his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse.
The stories of these closeted notables range from bittersweet to tragic, and some are just plain outrageous. Roy Cohn Roy Cohn is perhaps best known in popular culture as a leading antagonist in Angels in Americathe Pulitzer Prize-winning play that was later adapted into a popular HBO series, in which Al Pacino portrayed Cohn in all his closeted hypocrisy. Joseph McCarthy, led a series of high-profile prosecutions of suspected members of the Communist Party.