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Snapshots in History: May 21: Remembering Raymond Burr

May 22, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

On May 21 and beyond, let us take a moment to reflect upon the life of Canadian-born actor Raymond Burr (Born: May 21, 1917; Died: September 12, 1993). Burr was best known for his portrayal of Perry Mason (winning 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series in 1959 and 1961) and Ironside (earning 6 Emmy nominations and 2 Golden Globe nominations) on television. Burr was heavily involved in charitable work and supported various causes including the Foster Parents’ Plan, Save the Children, and the United Service Organizations. Upon his death, many people learned that Raymond Burr was gay and had left his estate to long-time partner Robert Benevides. Those customers wishing to learn more about Raymond Burr can request the following title from Toronto Public Library collections:

Hiding in plain sight the secret life of Raymond Burr

Hiding in plain sight: the secret life of Raymond Burr / Michael Starr, 2008. Book. Adult Non-Fiction.

Contrast Perry Mason’s search for the truth in the courtroom with actor Raymond Burr’s desire to maintain and conceal his private life by inventing his service in World War Two, two imaginary marriages (following one real but brief one), and a deceased but imaginary son. Try and sift through the fact from the fiction.

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