Mar 01, 2013
By Scott Walker
He was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1960s, as famous for his screen roles as he was for his off-screen life with Elizabeth Taylor.
But Richard Burton has never been given a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
His star will be unveiled today, which happens to be St. David’s Day, a national day in his native Wales.
Burton’s star is right next to Elizabeth Taylor’s. The two were married twice. And it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the epic version of Cleopatra that began their off-screen romance. At a cost of $44-million, the film was the most expensive in Hollywood history.
Along with Cleopatra, the couple went on to star in several films together, including Taming of the Shrew and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won.