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BBC accused of snubbing Richard Burton's widow Sally in new drama new film that explores her late husband's tempestuous relationship with Taylor. Burton and the former Sally Hay, whom met on the set of the television. It's 20 years since the death of Richard Burton. Their relationship did not end that terrible day in bland and pretty Switzerland. Sally Hay was a former PA in the current affairs department of the BBC who had turned. In the 27 years since her husband's death, Sally Burton has kept silent about the film star's turbulent relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. Comedy · Art · Theatre · Photography · Dance · Opera · Hay Festival · Glyndebourne Burton's wives: Sally Burton (left), and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 'The.
But, despite the recent snappy insistence by Burton's fourth wife, Sally Hay, that he never wrote the famous last letter to Liz, that love affair was the real deal, the kind of thing of which every teenage girl dreams. Whether he wrote that last contentious letter or not and Sally insists that at the time he was supposed to have penned it, he was already dying, nursed by her, and couldn't haveBurton was never slow or inarticulate in expressing his love for the woman he described, exuberantly, after their first meeting, as "so extraordinarily beautiful that I nearly laughed out loud.
He wrote to her constantly during their years together -- sometimes even when she was asleep in the next room, bending all his instinctive understanding of poetry, drama and history to the business of describing the feelings she inspired in him.
Along with the earthy expression of his desire -- "I lust after your smell And now, when this dream occasionally returns, I extend my arm, and she is here If you have not met or known her, you have lost much in life.
Richard Burton was born Richard Jenkins, the 12th of 13 children, into a working-class, Welsh-speaking family. His mother died less than two years later, giving birth to her 13th child, and Richard was largely brought up by his sister and her husband.
His father, a coal miner, Richard later described as looking "much like me That is, he was pockmarked, devious, and smiled a great deal when he was in trouble. He was, also, a man of extraordinary eloquence, tremendous passion, great violence". By the time he was 12, Richard was smoking and drinking. Though bright and able at school, where he excelled at English, sport and singing, he left aged 16, in need of full-time work. He joined the Air Corps as a cadet. There he met a former teacher, Philip Burton, now squad commander, who later took on Richard as his ward, because he recognised his talent, because he longed for a protege to fulfil the acting ambitions he was never able to realise although he was a successful writer, producer and directorand because his first protege, Owen Jones, was killed in the Battle of Britain.
In Richard Jenkins, he saw scope for his frustrated dreams, and Richard, who took his name by deed poll, later said: He also drummed into him a subtlety then lacking, despite the ferocious talent -- "You don't have to use a sledgehammer, a gentle tap will do the trick," was his refrain.
He gave Richard the only elocution lessons, showing him how to soften the Welsh accent, yet still retain its force. The only breach in the friendship came when Richard left Sybil Williams, his first wife, an actress he met on the set of his first film, The Last Days of Dolwyn, for Elizabeth. The two did not speak for nearly four years and were reconciled only when Liz intervened.
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The contrast between Richard's hand-to-mouth, self-reliant upbringing, and Elizabeth's tricky but pampered childhood -- riding wild ponies on her godfather's estate in Kent, moving to Hollywood before the outbreak of the Second World War, with her art-dealer father and former actress mother, a huge star by the age of 12 after National Velvet -- could not be more marked. But there was more in common than may be immediately apparent.
Both were pushed hard by the adults around them for Elizabeth it was her mother, who planned big for her daughter from very early on. Both struck financial independence very early -- Elizabeth was the family's main earner by her early teens -- and learned to face an uncertain life with guts and humour. The fatal meeting -- on the set of Cleopatra -- was actually their second encounter.
The first, at a party, was characterised by Taylor "totally ignoring" Burton, deliberately as it turned out. I seem to remember that he never stopped talking, and I had given him the cold-fish eye," she recalled. A quirk of fate cast them together -- Burton replaced Stephen Boyd as Mark Anthony -- and his legendary Welsh charm almost instantly captivated Elizabeth, even though she had promised herself she would not fall for him. To which her response was: He ordered a cup of coffee but could not drink it, because his hands were trembling so badly.
And so Elizabeth stepped in. I thought, well, he really is human The sexual charge between them was so intense as to be practically visible; to Elizabeth, right to the end, he was "magnificent in every sense of the word He was magnificent on the stage, he was magnificent in film, he was magnificent at making love Even though he could be highly critical of her looks -- once saying "she has Burton was still married to Sybil with whom he had three daughters, although he cheated constantly, often with several women a week, while Elizabeth was then on her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher, who was first married to actress and singer Debbie Reynolds and father of Carrie Fisher, who recently said of Liz that she "regarded men more as donors of jewels than as sexual partners".
The annexing of Eddie from Debbie had already tarnished Elizabeth's image among the idealistic American movie-going public, and her affair with Burton tipped things right over the edge for a while.
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Ed Sullivan intoned on his TV show: Sybil never spoke to Burton again, although he continued to pay money to her and the girls, as well as a retinue of hangers-on and dependents, throughout his life he once supported 42 people in one capacity or another. But TV presenter Sullivan may as well have warned people away from watching the moon landings. The public's fascination with the Taylor-Burton affair was overwhelming. Whatever appeal each had separately was simply magnified by the combination.
They were good for each other in many ways -- she learned a love of poetry and literature from him, a way to appreciate anew the world around her, while he claimed she taught him everything he knew about film acting. But they were also explosive and often destructive together, indulging in crazy spending sprees, long drinking bouts and epic rows, followed by just as noisy and public makings-up.
His sensitivity, his intelligence and his compassion - those were the things I loved him for the most. It continues in the care she lavishes on keeping his memory alive and in ensuring his reputation as an actor thrives. She keeps in close touch with Burton's daughter Kate by his first wife, the Welsh actress Sybil Williams who saw him through the difficult years when, as the last but one of 13 children born to a poor Port Talbot miner, he struggled to impose himself on the London stage and the Hollywood screen.
Kate, herself a very successful actress and happily married to a theatre manager for the past 19 years, is based in the United States where her mother still runs a theatre on Long Island. They meet to discuss, for example, what should happen to his collection of writing, the notebooks he kept throughout his long career.
Extracts from the notebooks were published in Melvyn Bragg's biography, Rich. The rest remain unpublished despite the pleas that arrive from publishers from time to time for the chance to turn them into a book. We have to decide what we really want to do with them. One thing they have decided on is that eventually the archive will go to an academic institution. She is not prepared to reveal which one.
Sorting through his papers is difficult. Perhaps labour of love is a better description. I still feel a tremendous commitment to keeping his memory alive. The 20th anniversary of his death is a good time to examine how the world sees him now. Kate says his standing in America is higher now than it ever was. The theatrical community there still holds his talent in high regard. All those years ago I really did not think that 20 years on we would still be talking about him.
I thought the memories would fade. Two years ago, they set up a dedicated website for Richard Burton.
An enormous number of them came from young people who had not been born when he died. He has this new fan base, which is marvellous. St David's Hall in Cardiff is running a short season of his films to coincide with an exhibition to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. There are also posters of his films loaned by Sally Burton. It runs until August One of her favourite Burton performances came withthe film he made only months before his death.
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In it he played the still, quiet-voiced and menacing inquisitor, O'Brien, in the screen version of George Orwell's totalitarian nightmare. The crew-cutted and boiler-suited O'Brien offered a very different role from some of the lavishly costumed historical figures he played in films like Cleopatra, Anne of The Thousand Days and The Robe.
It was a new experience for him, a low budget film with a great cast. She remembers with gratitude that the film's scriptwriter and director, Michael Radford, was not afraid to direct him in the role.
And he would stand back and let Richard get on with it. And Michael Radford had written a great script. Sally Hay was a former PA in the current affairs department of the BBC who had turned freelance and was carving out a successful career for herself. Richard Burton was coming to the end of his fourth marriage with his third wife, the tall, blonde and beautiful Susan Hunt, former wife of the racing driver James Hunt. He had, of course, married Elizabeth Taylor twice. If Burton had appeared indecisive and wrong-headed in some of his choices as an actor - he admitted he appeared in some very bad films because he was bored and wanted something to do - he knew precisely what he needed from the women in his life.
He pursued them with determination.
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He had married the stable, strong-willed and patient Sybil Williams when those were precisely the qualities he needed as he attempted to create a career for himself. When he thirsted for the worldwide fame and the fortune that came with Hollywood celebrity, he divorced Sybil and moved on to Elizabeth Taylor. They became the most famous couple in the world. Now, with his career faltering, his health damaged by alcoholism, he recognised he needed the competence, the patience and the independence of mind he spotted in the beautiful, gazelle-eyed Sally Hay whose efficiency as a PA helped the set of Wagner run so smoothly.
There was another reason why Sally was admirably suited to coping with the demands the Welsh actor made on those close to him.