Sir Richard Burton, (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a popular Welsh actor who at one time was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He played many historical figures in film and was a well-respected Shakespearian actor. Some of his most famous movies included Becket, Anne of a Thousand Days, The Spy who Came in from the Cold, Cleopatra and Camelot. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award – six for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but never won.
Burton was married to four women but is best known for his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. He was married when he met Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra. They began an affair, divorced their spouses and married. They divorced after ten years of marriage but remarried a second time for two more years. Burton bought some of Taylor’s fabulous collection of jewelry that is up for auction starting tomorrow at Christie’s. That auction is the subject of my ritabay.wordpress.com today.
Burton’s health was already deteriorating when he and Taylor were divorced. He was a heavy drinker and five pack per day smoker. He died of a stroke at the age of 58 in Switzerland.
BTW, today is my first day blogging with The Writers Vineyard (the second Monday of each month) at http://thewritersvineyard.com/. My blog is about How to Avoid Being Attacked by a Trojan. Please check it out so they’ll let me come back next month. Thanks so much, RB
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