As most folk who know me will testify,I do love a good love story,combine that with two Hollywood legends, beauty unparalleled, obscene amounts of money,and a volatile relationship often fuelled with alcohol and what do you have? The Burtons of course.
I have always loved Elizabeth Taylor,She was beautiful,she was fearless,she grabbed life by the horns and lived it,she was vulgar and excessive at times…..and not afraid to flaunt it.Of course we know that later in life she dedicated much time and money to charities,mainly the Aids foundation.She gave back.Despite her fame and fortune,Elizabeth had some real dark nights of the soul in life,maybe this is why she is so adored,for in this beautiful woman,we saw that she too endured tradgedy and loss.
So why the post about my little obsession with Taylor and Burton today? well its a little self indulgence really,I am re reading ‘The Richard Burton diaries’ it is a big brick of a book and I tend to dip in and out of it as the mood takes me,but Oh my goodness! this craggy faced Welshman with the voice that goes right to my heart,could certainly speak of life and love like no other,especially when he speaks of Elizabeth,it is just beautiful and heart melting.This entry was written in Paris,city of Lovers no less,read it and weep dear reader….
19 November 1968 – Paris
Famed as we are, rich as we are, courted and insulted as we are, overpaid as we are, centre of a great deal of attention as we are, [we] are not bored or blasé. We are not envious. We are merely lucky.
I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth. She has turned me into a moral man but not a prig, she is a wildly exciting lover-mistress, she is shy and witty, she is nobody’s fool, she is a brilliant actress, she is beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography, she can be arrogant and wilful, she is clement and loving, Dulcis Imperatrix, she is Sunday’s child, she can tolerate my impossibilities and my drunkenness, she is an ache in the stomach when I am away from her, and she loves me!