Richard Burton

Welsh actor Richard Burton

Richard Burton, CBE was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (without ever winning), and was a recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony Awards for Best Actor. Although never trained as an actor, Burton was, at one time, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.
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home town
Pontrhydyfen
Death Place
Switzerland

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Arrington, AOL Launch $20M CrunchFund to Fund Firms TechCrunch Covers - PC Magazine
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The site is registered to Richard Burton of Jersey City. Rumors of the CrunchFund first broke in July, when blogger and investor Jason Calacanis tweetedthat he heard that Arrington had launched a venture-capital fund. The industry and Silicon Valley
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Patriots fall to Polk in home opener - Ocala
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The College of Central Florida volleyball team couldn't sustain the momentum it gained from this past weekend's strong start in its inaugural home match against Polk State on Wednesday night. The Eagles downed the Patriots 26-24,
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Trinity Catholic downs Belleview - Ocala
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BELLEVIEW — Once Trinity Catholic's volleyball team got rolling Tuesday against host Belleview, the Celtics were hard to stop. The Celtics (1-1) picked up a match-changing win in Game 2 on their way to a 22-25, 30-28, 25-21,
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Owen captures City of Ocala Amateur Championship - Ocala
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Daniel Owen made sure there would be no last-hole fireworks this time around at the Bo Williams City of Ocala Amateur Championship Golf Tournament. Owen put together his second straight stellar performance of the tournament with a
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ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: When Christine Ebersole Met Richard Burton - Playbill.com
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When she was at the very end of her run, she was asked to audition to play Guinevere opposite Richard Burton because the production had fired the leading lady. Old school-style, she auditioned at a Broadway theatre and while she was reading the scene
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Vicky Tiel’s 40-Year Career in Fashion
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IF you are famous for dressed-to-spill goddess gowns beloved by women like Joan Collins and Halle Berry — steel stays radiating pitilessly from the diaphragm — then deciding what to wear to pick up a reporter at a train station in upstate New York might pose a challenge. The designer Vicky Tiel, who is 67 and barely 5-foot-2, met it
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ON THE RUNWAY; From Spies to Brides
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TWO years ago everybody seemed to be making a movie about the fashion world. Now they're writing a book. Three biographies of Coco Chanel are coming out, in case you've never heard of the lady from the Rue Cambon. There are also a number of designer monographs, quirky memoirs and elegant surveys from magazine archives. It's a huge season for
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The art of being Burton the VIP - The Age
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Unbeknown to those who may have glimpsed her fashionable frame, she is the widow of actor Richard Burton and moved from London to Perth in 2005. When in Melbourne, she embraces our restaurant and bar scene, visiting Madame Brussels, the Siglo Bar and
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DVD; Desert Tales, Centuries Apart
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The Egyptian It must have seemed to Michael Curtiz that he was returning to Square 1 when he was assigned to direct ''The Egyptian,'' the 1954 historical spectacular that 20th Century Fox intended as a showcase for the studio's new and improved CinemaScope process. This Hungarian director, born Mano Kertesz Kaminer, was beckoned to Hollywood by
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The Globe and Mail - Globe and Mail
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... of absorbing extracts from a panoply of travel writers, among them Marco Polo, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Evelyn Waugh, Ernest Hemingway, Jan Morris, Rebecca West, TE Lawrence, Sir Richard Burton, Bruce Chatwin, John Steinbeck, Freya Stark
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$9 whooping cough vaccine in Placer County - Rocklin and Roseville Today
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"The best way to get the pertussis vaccine, called 'Tdap', is through your family's health care provider since they can also provide any other needed vaccines and care," said Dr. Richard Burton, Placer County Health Officer. "However, the new school
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Going for a Burton - Sofia Echo
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I remember turning on the news and the BBC bulletin led by slowly unveiling the face of Richard Burton, dead at 58 from a cerebral haemorrhage. His premature death followed a lifetime of great performances but also a long period of well publicised
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Burton
    FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 58
    Burton died at age 58 from a brain haemorrhage on 5 August 1984 at his home in Céligny, Switzerland, and is buried there.
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  • 1983
    Age 57
    From 1983 until his death in 1984, Burton was married to make-up artist Sally Hay.
  • 1976
    Age 50
    Burton courted further controversy in 1976 when he wrote an unsolicited article for The Observer about his friend and fellow Welsh thespian Stanley Baker, who had recently died from pneumonia at the age of 48; the article upset Baker's widow with its depiction of her late husband as an uncultured womaniser.
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    In August 1976, a month after his second divorce from Taylor, Burton married model Suzy Miller, the former wife of Formula 1 Champion James Hunt; the marriage ended in divorce in 1982.
    In 1976, Burton received a Grammy Award in the category of Best Recording for Children for his narration of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 48
    How much of this was due to his intake of alcohol is impossible to ascertain, according to Bragg, because of Burton's reluctance to be treated for alcohol addiction; however, in 1974, Burton spent six weeks in a clinic to recuperate from a period during which he had been drinking three bottles of vodka a day.
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    Burton was an alcoholic who reportedly nearly died in 1974 from an excess of drinking.
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  • 1973
    Age 47
    In 1973 Burton agreed to play Josip Broz Tito in a film biography, since he admired the Yugoslav leader.
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    His younger brother Graham Jenkins opined it may have been guilt over this that caused Burton to start drinking very heavily, particularly after Ifor died in 1973.
  • 1970
    Age 44
    In 1970, on his 45th birthday, Burton was ceremonially honoured with a CBE at Buckingham Palace; Taylor and Cis were present during the ceremony.
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  • 1969
    Age 43
    In 1969, Burton enjoyed a commercial blockbuster with Clint Eastwood in the World War II action film Where Eagles Dare; he received a $1 million fee plus a share of the film's box office gross.
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  • 1967
    Age 41
    By the end of 1967, the combined box office gross of films Burton and Taylor had acted till then reached $200 million.
    The film marked the beginning of a series of collaborations with Taylor, in addition to making Burton one of the Top 10 box office draws until 1967.
  • 1966
    Age 40
    Later collaborations from the Burtons like The Comedians (1967), which was based on Graham Greene's 1966 novel of the same name, and the Tennessee Williams adaptation Boom! (1968) were critical and commercial failures.
    He made another quick collaboration with Zeffirelli by narrating the documentary, Florence: Days of Destruction, which was about the 1966 flood of the Arno that devastated the city of Florence, Italy; the film raised $20 million for the flood relief efforts.
    Burton and Taylor next performed a 1966 Oxford Playhouse adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus; the couple did the play to benefit the Oxford University Dramatic Society and as a token of Burton's gratitude to Nevill Coghill.
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    In 1966, Burton and Taylor enjoyed their greatest on-screen success in Mike Nichols's film version of Edward Albee's black comedy play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which a bitter erudite couple trade vicious barbs in front of their guests, Nick (George Segal) and Honey (Sandy Dennis).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 38
    After Hamlet came to a close in August 1964, Burton and Taylor continued making films together.
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    He was married twice, consecutively, to actress Elizabeth Taylor, from 15 March 1964 to 26 June 1974 and from 10 October 1975 to 29 July 1976.
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    Gielgud agreed and soon production began in January 1964 after Burton had completed his work in Becket and The Night of the Iguana.
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  • 1963
    Age 37
    Burton and Taylor divorced their spouses in April 1963 after completing The V.I.P.s; Taylor subsequently took a two-year hiatus from films until her next venture with Burton, The Sandpiper (1965).
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    During the production of Becket, Burton went to watch Gielgud perform in the 1963 stage adaptation of Thornton Wilder's 1948 novel, The Ides of March.
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  • 1962
    Age 36
    In 1962, Burton appeared as Officer David Campbell, an RAF fighter pilot in The Longest Day, which included a large ensemble cast featuring McDowall, George Segal, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Mel Ferrer, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger and Sean Connery.
  • 1961
    Age 35
    After performing Camelot for six months, in July 1961, Burton was met by producer Walter Wanger to replace Stephen Boyd as Mark Antony in director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's magnum opus Cleopatra.
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  • 1960
    Age 34
    Burton made a triumphant return to the stage with Moss Hart's 1960 Broadway production of Camelot as King Arthur.
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    In 1960, Burton appeared in two films for Warner Bros., neither of which were successful: The Bramble Bush which reunited him with his Wuthering Heights director Petrie, and Vincent Sherman's adaptation of Edna Ferber's Ice Palace.
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  • 1958
    Age 32
    The film, directed by Daniel Petrie, aired on 9 May 1958 on CBS with Burton garnering plaudits from both the critics and Philip, who thought he was "magnificent" in it.
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    In 1958, Burton appeared with Yvonne Furneaux in DuPont Show of the Month's 90-minute television adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights as Heathcliff.
  • 1957
    Age 31
    It was on 10 September 1957, a day before he left for New York that Sybil gave birth to their first child, Kate Burton.
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    By mid-1957, Burton had no further offers in his kitty.
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    In turn, Burton declined to attend the funeral, when his father died from a cerebral haemorrhage in January 1957 at age 81.
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  • 1956
    Age 30
    Henry V was followed by Benthall's adaptation of Othello in February 1956, where he alternated on successive openings between the roles of Othello and Iago with John Neville.
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    In January 1956, the free daily newspaper, London Evening Standard honoured Burton by presenting to him its Theatre Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Henry V. His success in and as Henry V led him to be called the "Welsh Wizard".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 29
    Burton returned to The Old Vic to perform Henry V for a second time. The Benthall-directed production opened in December 1955 to glowing reviews and was a much-needed triumph for Burton.
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  • 1953
    Age 27
    On the poet's death on 9 November 1953, he wrote an essay about him and took the time to do a 1954 BBC Radio play on one of his final works, Under Milk Wood, where he voiced the First Voice in an all-Welsh cast.
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    Alpert believed Burton's presence made the 1953–54 season of The Old Vic a commercial success.
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    Notwithstanding, Burton began his thirty-nine week tenure at The Old Vic by rehearsing for Hamlet in July 1953, with Philip providing expert coaching on how to make Hamlet's character match Burton's dynamic acting style.
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    Zanuck threatened to force Burton into cutting the deal, but the duo managed to come to a compromise when Burton agreed to a less binding contract, also for seven years and seven films at $1 million, that would begin only after he returned from his stint at The Old Vic 1953–54 season.
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    Burton and Sybil became good friends with Mason and his wife Pamela Mason, and stayed at their residence until Burton returned home to the UK in June 1953 in order to play Prince Hamlet as a part of The Old Vic 1953–54 season.
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    The year 1953 marked an important turning point in Burton's career.
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  • 1951
    Age 25
    Based on the 1951 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel is about a man who suspects his rich cousin was murdered by his wife in order to inherit his wealth, but ends up falling in love with her, despite his suspicions.
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    His last play in 1951 was as a musician named Orphée in Jean Anouilh's Eurydice opposite Dorothy McGuire and fellow Welsh actor Hugh Griffith.
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    Both plays opened in 1951 at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to mixed reviews, but Burton received acclaim for his role as Prince Hal.
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  • 1949
    Age 23
    Burton was married five times and he had four children. From 1949 until their divorce in 1963, he was married to Welsh actress/producer Sybil Williams, with whom he had two daughters, Katherine "Kate" Burton (born 10 September 1957) and Jessica Burton (born 1959).
    He lived there from 1949 to 1956.
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    It was on the sets of this film where Burton was introduced by Williams to Sybil Williams, whom he married on 5 February 1949 at a register office in Kensington.
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  • 1948
    Age 22
    In 1948, Burton moved to London to make contact with H. M. Tennent Ltd, where he again met Beaumont, who put Burton under a contract of £500 per year (£10 a week).
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  • 1947
    Age 21
    Burton was discharged from the RAF on 16 December 1947.
  • 1946
    Age 20
    Burton was cast in an uncredited and unnamed role of a bombing officer by BBC Third Programme in a 1946 radio adaptation of In Parenthesis, an epic poem of the First World War by David Jones.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 18
    In late 1944, Burton successfully completed his six-month scholarship at Exeter college, Oxford, and went to the RAF classification examinations held in Torquay to train as a pilot.
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    During his tenure at Exeter college, Burton featured as "the complicated sex-driven puritan" Angelo in the Oxford University Dramatic Society's 1944 production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
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  • 1943
    Age 17
    In 1943, Burton played Professor Henry Higgins in a school production of another Shaw play directed by Philip, Pygmalion. The role won him favourable reviews and caught the attention of the dramatist, Emlyn Williams, who offered Burton a small role of the lead character's elder brother, Glan, in his play The Druid's Rest. The play debuted at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool on 22 November 1943 and later premiered in St Martin's Theatre, London in January 1944.
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    In autumn of 1943, Philip planned to adopt Richard, but was not able to do so as he was 20 days too young to be 21 years older than his ward, a legal requirement.
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  • 1941
    Age 15
    He decided to leave school by the end of 1941 and work at as a miner as Elfed wasn't fit for work due to illness.
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  • 1937
    Age 11
    From the age of five to eight, Richard had his education at the Eastern Primary School while he attended the Boys' segment of the same school from eight to twelve years old. He took a scholarship exam for admission into Port Talbot Secondary School in March 1937 and passed it.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr. on 10 November 1925 in his house at 2 Dan-y-bont in Pontrhydyfen, a small village located in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales.
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