Hollywood’s golden couple – Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – have been reunited. A star to Burton, the Welsh miner’s son who became one of the greatest actors of his generation, has been unveiled on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and it sits next to the one for Taylor, the movie goddess who he married twice.
The memorial to Burton, who died in 1984 at the age of just 58, was dedicated yesterday in a special St David’s Day ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard. The commemoration also marked the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra – the film on which Burton and Taylor first met. It would be the first of 11 movies in which they co-starred. Taylor died, aged 79, in 201.
The installation of the star followed a campaign by the Western Mail newspaper which had lobbied for Burton’s considerable contribution to Hollywood to be recognised on the Walk of Fame.
A new BBC film exploring Burton and Taylor’s tempestuous relationship is soon to be screened. Starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter, it is based on their 1983 stage production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives.