Richard burton và elizabeth taylor

     

Romance blossomed between Elizabeth Taylor và Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra in 1962. Their tumultuous relationship was built on irresistible chemistry, vicious fights, a luxurious lifestyle & awe-inspiring gifts. Even when they were the subject of controversy, they fascinated the public và the media. Through a decade-long first marriage, a divorce, a short-lived remarriage & a second divorce, the bond between them couldn't be broken.

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Taylor didn't want khổng lồ be a 'notch on his belt'

It wasn't love at first sight for Taylor and Burton. A decade before filming Cleopatra, they'd met at a các buổi tiệc nhỏ where his reputation as a womanizer had Taylor deciding, "I’m not gonmãng cầu become a notch on his belt." In 1962, they came together again khổng lồ make Cleopatra, which starred Taylor as the Egyptian queen & Burton as Cleopatra paramour Mark Antony. However, Taylor was unimpressed when Burton asked, "Has anybody toàn thân told you what a pretty girl you are?"

A connection formed when a drunk Burton's shaking hands prompted Taylor to help hlặng with a cup of coffee. Sparks flew between them when they filmed a scene that required her lớn gaze inlớn his eyes, & an on-mix kiss went on for far longer than the production required. Looking bachồng, Taylor admitted, "When I saw hyên on the mix of Cleopatra, I fell in love sầu và I have loved hyên ever since."


Burton, who reportedly once proclaimed in the men's makeup trailer, "Gentlemen, I’ve sầu just f****d Elizabeth Taylor in the bachồng of my Cadillac!," had experienced many on-phối romances. He initially assumed his time with Taylor would fall into the same category, but soon realized this relationship was more meaningful than a simple fling.

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Their volatile relationship was a public spectacle

As the romance the two were acting out in front of the cameras carried over inlớn real life, paparazzi tried to sneak onlớn the Cleopatra phối và followed them whenever and wherever they could. When John Glenn orbited the earth, some front pages preferred to feature Taylor and Burton instead. Condemnation of what the two dubbed "le scandale" included an open letter in the Vatican City's weekly paper that denounced their "erotic vagrancy."


The romance was an intense one. Both Taylor và Burton were heavy drinkers, và they didn't hold back from screaming at and fighting with each other. According to lớn studio head Spyros Skouras, in one violent altercation with Burton, Taylor "got two black eyes, her nose was out of shape, và it took 22 days for her to lớn recover enough in order to resume filming." (Taylor attributed her injuries lớn a oto accident). Throughout the troubled production of Cleopatra, the romance continued, as did the attention it drew.


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Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton at their first wedding on March 15, 1964.

Photo: William Lovelace/Evening Standard/Getty Images


Taylor và Burton were in other relationships when they got together

Taylor was not only a world-famous movie star, but she'd also already been tabloid fodder for being the "home-wrecker" behind the end of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher's marriage. Taylor's relationship with Fisher had begun in grief: After Taylor's third husband, Mike Todd, died in a plane crash, she and his frikết thúc Fisher grew cthua. Fisher eventually became her fourth husband but now she felt the marriage had run its course, và he was unable to lớn bởi vì anything to stop the freight train of Taylor & Burton's romance.

Burton had subjected his wife Sybil khổng lồ numerous infidelities. During his romance with Taylor, she expected her husbvà to return khổng lồ her, as he'd always done. But Burton found he couldn't stop seeing Taylor, who was so enraptured that she overdosed on sleeping pills when Burton tried khổng lồ leave her. She later said, "We did try and resist. My marriage with Eddie was over, but we didn’t want lớn vị anything to hurt Sybil."


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Burton showered Taylor with lavish gifts

It took time khổng lồ officially end things with their respective spouses, but nine days following Taylor's divorce from Fisher, Burton and Taylor married in Montreal on March 15, 1964. Their blended family included an adopted girl, Taylor's daughter from her third marriage and two sons from her second marriage. Burton had two daughters of his own with Sybil. But instead of sinking inkhổng lồ humdrum domestiđô thị, their married life continued to lớn enthrall observers. As Burton noted, "For some reason, the world has always been amused by us two maniacs."

Together, Burton và Taylor partied hard & drank heavily. They owned homes across the globe & traveled the world, renting the hotel suites above và below their own (their passionate fights could get loud). They bought valuable artwork, a yacht, a private plane & luxury cars.


Burton, who wrote in 1971, "I love sầu Elizabeth to the point of idolatry," often presented Taylor with jewels. These included the 69-carat Taylor-Burton đá quí, the 50‑carat La Peregrina Pearl, & the 33-carat Krupp diamond. As the Krupp family had helped make German weaponry during World War II, Taylor noted, "I always thought it was kind of poetic that a nice Jewish girl lượt thích me gets to wear it."


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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the film phối of "The Sandpiper" in 1965.

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Their acting careers continued to boom

Taylor and Burton's lifestyle was an expensive sầu one, but they were able to afford it thanks khổng lồ their acting careers. When they began their affair, Taylor had been the true movie star while Burton had earned more respect for his roles on stage, but their romance lifted his profile và boosted his status in Hollywood. She gave sầu hyên tips for a successful film career as his màn chơi of stardom rose.

In addition khổng lồ separate projects, they co-starred in a total of 11 films. Public interest generated by their off-screen relationship helped many of these movies succeed even when they weren't very good. But critics appreciated their work in the 1966 adaptation of Edward Albee's play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which landed Taylor her second Academy Award for Best Actress, và in 1967's The Taming of the Shrew.

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Taylor và Burton divorced, got remarried và then divorced again

Taylor & Burton co-starred in a television movie, Divorce His, Divorce Hers, in 1973. The title proved prescient. Throughout their marriage, they had clashed & fought, earning the nickname "the Battling Burtons." Their conflicts và ongoing drinking became so great that the two divorced in 1974.


The couple reconciled and re-wed in Botswana in October 1975, but the second marriage was over in less than a year. Taylor said, "We had a good marriage. Something went wrong, but we're still good friends. I know I did everything in my power to lớn make the marriage work." 

Burton seemed to lớn understvà why their time together was over. "Elizabeth & I lived on the edge of an exciting volcano. I'm not easy lớn be married khổng lồ or live sầu with. I exploded violently about twice a year with Elizabeth. She would also explode. It was marvelous. But it could be murder."

Though they both moved on lớn other spouses (in 1976, Burton wed Susan Hunt, while Taylor tied the knot with Virginia politician John Warner), their connection continued. They often spoke on the phone và were together for her 50th birthday celebration in 1982. "Elizabeth & I will never remarry," Burton told reporters after taking her trang chính that night. "She may marry someone else, và so may I, but we will always be drawn back khổng lồ each other."

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Taylor says Burton wrote her a love letter before his death

In 1983, Taylor & Burton appeared together in a revival of the Noel Coward play Private Lives, about a divorced couple who reconnect while honeymooning with new partners. Public fascination with Taylor & Burton was ongoing, so tickets sold well. However, the reviews were terrible and Taylor missed several performances due to lớn physical ailments. During one of her absences, Burton married his fourth wife, Sally Hay.


On August 5, 1984, a cerebral hemorrhage claimed 58-year-old Burton's life while he was sleeping in his Swiss trang chủ. Taylor didn't attkết thúc his funeral or memorial service in Wales, as his widow was wary of creating a spectacle. Taylor was at a service at a London church, where attention focused on her. The year of his death she also placed roses on his grave sầu at Christmas.

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Taylor said Burton sent her one last letter shortly before his death (though his widow has denied this was possible). According to lớn Taylor, Burton expressed his desire to lớn come trang chính to lớn her. She shared his sentiments. As she said in an interview with Vogue, "I was still madly in love sầu with hyên ổn the day he died. I think he still loved me, too." The letter was reportedly buried with Taylor after she died in 2011.


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