“The two of us act like like we’re seventeen year olds. My favorite time is when we’re alone at night and for hours we giggle, and talk about maybe books, world events, poetry, the children, when we first met, problems, daydreams, real dreams. Even our fights are fun. Richard loses his temper with such enjoyment that it’s beautiful to watch. He goes off like a bomb—sparks fly, walls shake, floors reverberate. Above all I want very much to please Richard, not to be pleased.”
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, on the set of ‘Cleopatra’, photographed by Paul Schutzer, 1962.
Elizabeth and Richard, 1963
Richard Burton and I killed so many Nazis in two hours, it made me wonder why the war took so long.
“I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth. 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 willful, 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! And I’ll love her till I die.” — Richard Burton
“But I will never… be free of you.”
that kiss like seriously.
Richard Burton on the set of Alexander the Great.
“The most important thing of our marriage is this continuous excitement, this wonderful creature called Elizabeth who fills me with spiritual and physical joy every time I see her. Her spirit bubbles with an inner force like life itself and not like champagne which goes flat after a while.” - Richard Burton, 1967