Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
We loved the title that Vanity Fair had for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s love story: A Love Too Big to Last! And as they say, that happened before Brangelina, TomKat or Speidi.
That was one of the greatest love story of the 20th century. Now, Elizabeth Taylor is making public the love letters between her and twice her husband Richard Burton. There is all about love, courage, need, but also about infatuation and tease. “Richard was magnificent in every sense of the word. From those first moments in Rome [on the set of Cleopatra] we were always madly and powerfully in love”, Elizabeth, now 78-year-old, told Vanity Fair. They married twice, they divorced twice but always gave the impression that their love was too big to be shared and also to ever end.
Here’re some of Richard Burton (who died in 1984 at age 58) words written to Elizabeth.
- “On his need for Taylor: “If you leave me I shall have to kill myself. There is no life without you.”
- On her gifts as an actress: “You are probably the best actress in the world, which, combined with your extraordinary beauty, makes you unique. … When, as an actress, you want to be funny, you are funnier than W.C. Fields; when, as an actress, you are meant to be tragic, you are tragic.”
- On their misunderstandings: “You must know, of course, how much I love you. You must know, of course, how badly I treat you. But the fundamental and most vicious, swinish, murderous, and unchangeable fact is that we totally misunderstand each other … we operate on alien wave lengths.”
- On the idiocy of love: “I find it very difficult to allow my whole life to rest on the existence of another creature. I find it equally difficult, because of my innate arrogance, to believe in the idea of love. There is no such thing, I say to myself. There is lust, of course, and usage, and jealousy, and desire and spent powers, but no such thing as the idiocy of love. Who invented that concept? I have wracked my shabby brains and can find no answer.”
- On his own acting: “I have never quite got over the fact that I thought and I’m afraid I still do think, that ‘acting’ for a man – a really proper man – is sissified and faintly ridiculous. … My heart, unlike yours, is not in it.” “
Because the biggest love is the one that always remain mysterious, Elizabeth kept one single letter for herself: the last one he wrote to her, just days before his unexpected death from a brain hemorrhage. In that letter, which Taylor keeps in a bedside drawer, Burton says he was happiest in life when he was with her and he hopes to give their love another chance. Only that he says it with words that Liz will only keep for her soul!