Thursday, December 27, 2012

Before Online Dating Liz and Burton

Liz and Burton Love and Marriage

Liz and Burton Before Online Dating

All is fair in love and war. The couple that comes to mind is Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Before Angela and Brad there was Liz and Burton. Theirs was not a traditional marriage but they were not ordinary traditional people. They were beautiful movie stars. In Hollywood you judge affairs in dog years.

Elizabeth Taylor (1932- 2011) duet citizen of England and USA. Married eight times having seven husbands. In my opinion her greatest love was Richard Burton. She married Burton twice. Richard Burton (1925-1984) born working class, Neath Port, Wales. He was the twelfth of thirteen children. In the 1940s he worked on stage and cinema in England. In the late 1940s critics claimed, “acting fire, manly bearing and good looks.” Burton’s first wife was a fellow actor Sybil Williams. They married in 1949 they had two children. He first met Elizabeth Taylor at a party. She was pregnant and then married to Michael Todd. Taylor’s second husband.

In l963 the production of Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton replaced Stephen Boyd as Mark Anthony. Up until that time Twentieth Century Fox’s Cleopatra was the most expensive film ever made and running over budget. Cleopatra was cut from six hours to four hours and was a box office success. Burton’s role as Mark Anthony paved the road to Burton’s success in Hollywood as a leading man. He remained among top 10 box-office earners for the next several years. Elizabeth Taylor was already Hollywood Royalty and a top box office earner.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love during the production of Cleopatra. There was one small problem they were both married to other people. Burton was married to his first wife, Sybil Williams. Elizabeth Taylor was married to her fourth husband Eddie Fisher. They both divorced there respective spouses and married in 1964. The Vatican condemned their affair as “erotic vagrancy”. Before Angela and Brad there was Liz and Burton. The press had a never ending curiosity about their affair and marriage. Why not? Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful women in the world and one of the world most famous actresses. Richard Burton was hard drinking with a ruddy complexion. His voice was golden in a very manly Shakespearean way. Burton had alpha male presences. At the time, they were two of the most famous people in Hollywood. When they looked at each other there was fiery love and passion in their eyes. Burton lavished Elizabeth with jewelry. Famous were 33.19 carat Krupp Diamond and pear-shaped 69.42 carat Taylor-Burton Diamond. With all of the love, passion, comfort and beauty after a ten year of marriage they divorced in 1974.

Liz and Burton briefly remarried 1975 and divorced again in 1976. The public around the world could not get enough of Liz and Burton. Their affair made them top motion picture earners for several years. I question if the film, Cleopatra would have been so successful if Liz and Burton were not having a fiery romance on the set while married to other people.

Life is a roller coaster. During their affair and marriage the Burtons lived extravagantly all over the world, most beautiful couple in the world, and top Hollywood earners. It did not end well personally for them both after 1976. One of the many films the made together may a given an inside look into their marriage. Film made in 1966, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Rumors, Richard Burton at one point or the other was supporting 42 family members. In 1976 Burton married Susan Hunt and ended in divorce in 1982. In 1983 Burton married his fourth wife Sally Hay. Richard Burton was a heavy drinker and smoker and died from a cerebral hemorrhage August 1984. In 1976 Elizabeth Taylor was no longer box office golden. She was famous for her beauty, marriages and passed movies. She founded a successful perfume company and AIDS foundation charities. She married two more times and divorced. She died March 2011.

It does not matter if you are rich or poor all people are seeking companionship and love.
We are all people with the same basic needs. Liz and Burton married in 1964 before online dating. They met at a party. Currently daters meet at parties, bars and work places. In the 21st century online dating has been added to matchmaking. In the internet age dating online has surged in popularity. The surge in online dating is because it works.

By: Gail Mercedes