Great Performances (2010)
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What a tremendous look into the life of Richard Burton. As much as I admire Marlon Brando, he was really only a second compared to Burton. Brando was but a glimpse of greatness compared to the likes of Richard Burton. [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRdTpZDKZGwz2CVoVWiFJRvRXAnOiz3W82DwE4IukND9O-trQVs9A[/img] Burton in "Cleopatra" Born Welsh of a really large family(12 kids), his real name was Jenkins, but due to the death of his mother he and his siblings were cast to the wind to the care of others. Richard Jenkins came under the guardianship of a prominant school master named Phillip Burton. Hence the name change, Richard Burton. [img]http://www.lescroupiersrunningclub.org.uk/storage/Richard-Burton-in-Look-Back-in-Ange.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1270627564578[/img] "Richard Burton had been warned that his liver was enlarged as early as March 1970, and had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and kidney disease in April 1981. Burton was buried in a red suit, a tribute to his Welsh roots, and with a copy of Dylan Thomas' poems."--- wikipedia [img]http://overtures.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/burtonlife.jpg[/img] Lauren Bacall recalled, "Bogie loved him. We all did. You had no alternative." SEE this fantastic climb from absolutely nothing to everything here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGhya4oaNc8 [img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/09/16/article-1213880-067505B7000005DC-408_468x590.jpg[/img] Burton and Taylor in Cleopatra 100% This is a MUST SEE for any fan of the late Richard Burton! A lot of great interviews with those close to Burton along with Melvyn Bragg, author of "Richard Burton... NOTES: 1 Richard Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in the village of Pontrhydyfen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales. He grew up in a working class, Welsh-speaking household, the twelfth of thirteen children. 2 Burton was less than two years old in 1927 when his mother, Edith Maude (née Thomas), died at age 43, 2 after giving birth to her 13th child. 3 Burton could, given any line from Shakespeare's works, recite from memory the next several minutes of lines. 4 His love of language was paramount, as he famously stated years later, with a tearful Elizabeth Taylor at his side, "The only thing in life is language. Not love. Not anything else." 5 Suddenly, Richard Burton had fulfilled his guardian's wildest hopes and was admitted to the post-War British acting circle which included Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Hugh Griffith and Paul Scofield. He even met HUMPHREY BOGART, a fellow hard drinker, who sang his praises back in Hollywood. 6 Lauren Bacall recalled, "Bogie loved him. We all did. You had no alternative." [img]http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01648/burton2_1648442c.jpg[/img] Twice married, Elizabeth Taylor and Burton Born Richard Walter Jenkins (1925-11-10)10 November 1925 Pontrhydyfen, Wales Died 5 August 1984(1984-08-05) (aged 58) Céligny, Switzerland Cause of death Cerebral haemorrhage Nationality Welsh Citizenship United Kingdom Occupation Actor Years active 1944-84 Spouse(s) Sybil Williams (m. 1949-1963, divorced) Elizabeth Taylor (m. 1964-1974; 1975-1976, divorced) Suzy Hunt (m. 1976-1982, divorced) Sally Hay (m. 1983-1984; his death) Children Kate Burton Jessica Burton Liza Todd Burton Maria Burton [img]http://www.yuchtar.com/Burt.jpg[/img] Richard Burton
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