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Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton - Discussion & Photos! :)

Discussion in 'Movie discussion forum' started by Karin Schill, Jan 10, 2010.

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Which is your favorite movie with Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton?

  1. Cleopatra (1963)

    11 vote(s)
    36.7%
  2. The VIPS (1963)

    4 vote(s)
    13.3%
  3. The Sandpiper (1965)

    5 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

    15 vote(s)
    50.0%
  5. The Taming of The Shrew (1967)

    8 vote(s)
    26.7%
  6. Doctor Faustus (1967)

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  7. The Comedians (1967)

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  8. Boom (1968)

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  9. Under Milkwood or Hammersmith is Out (1972)

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  10. Divorce His, Divorce Hers (1973)

    4 vote(s)
    13.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Karin Schill

    Karin Schill Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are two of my favorite actors as well as one of my favorite celebrity couples of all times. So I think they deserve a thread of their own and well since the other thread I started about them in november disappeared I figured I'd give it a second try. And well if the original thread will ever come back (doubtful) we can just merge it with this one! :peace:

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    So is anyone up for continuing the discussion?

    Also I made a poll option with this thread where you can vote for which one of their movies that they made together that is your favorite!

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    Cleopatra (1963)

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    The V.I.P's (1963)


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    The Sandpiper (1965)

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    The Taming of the shrew (1967)

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    Doctor Faustus (1967)

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    The Comedians (1967)

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    Boom (1968)

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    Under Milkwood (1972)

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    Hammersmith is out (1972)

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    Divorce His, Divorce Hers (1973)


    So which one of these is your favorite?

    Let the discussion and picture sharing continue! ;)

    Take care,
    Love:
    Karin.
    x.
  2. Stimpy

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    I've only seen 'the sandpiper' & i thought it was a godawful piece of garbage.

    & it simply bored me to death. even charles bronson looked bored in it. so i don't have a fave yet. my favorite role of hers is prolly "Cat on a hot tin roof" i just love that film. buut she didn't do that with richard burton. but paul newman.
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    I love Elizabeth and Richard!! Thanks Karin for bringing this thread back.. I chose "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" outstanding movie for both stars. I need find my pictures from before..be back later..lol
  4. Jessie

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    Oh it is a hard choice for favourite movie. I love most of theirs together . I will pick Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (1966). I loved them, all but that was a favourite of mine.

    Thanks for reposting this thread Karin, too bad the other one was lost. Love all the photo's you posted. Great job.


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    Great idea for reposting this thread Karin. I love, me too all the pictures you posted.

    Elizabeth Taylor is someone I greatly appreciate :peace:

    My contribution to this thread, the wallpaper that I made for you :)

    Wall "Cléopâtre"
    for Karin :)


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  6. Karin Schill

    Karin Schill Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi again,

    Stimpy, I love "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" too, definitely one of Elizabeth's better movies along with "Giant", "BUtterfield 8", "National velvet", "Raintree county" etc... :)

    What is it about "Cat on a hot tin roof" that you love?

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    I love that it is both dramatic and funny. Elizabeth is doing an awesome performance and the chemistry works well with Paul Newman too. they are both class acts! :)

    Diana, I look forward to seeing the photos you'll post next time! :lol:
    and yeah their performances in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is truly amazing. I just love that movie as well! :)

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    They just play so well off each other and you can sense that there is something special there. Even when they are arguing...wow! I've rarely seen two people argue with that much passion...

    Nathalie, thank you so much for reposting your Cleopatra wallpaper for me here. It's so beautiful. You really have a lot of talent for making wallpapers! :peace:

    Thanks for the photos Jessie. I really love them. :)

    I also love most of their movies together that's why I made it a multiple choice poll...lol

    I voted "Cleopatra", "Sandpiper", "Divorce His, Divorce Hers", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" :D

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    "Cleopatra" was like the first movie I ever saw with them together so it holds a special place in my heart because of it. I saw it when I was like 17 and it was around this time I started liking Elizabeth & Richard as a couple. Before then I had mostly just read about Elizabeth in the women's magazines and liked her since I was about 12 years old. But I didn't know much about Richard as he died when I was only 4 years old...
    Anyway I loved the way they looked at each other in Cleopatra with so much emotions... (l)

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    "Sandpiper" is a favorite of mine simply because of the amazing chemistry between Elizabeth & Richard. Their way of looking at each other and touching each other. Just little details like that makes it so believable. It's like they are sorta teasing the audience a bit and consciously play on the intertextuality between off and on screen lives.

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    I love the lovestory too. It's such an easy movie to watch and it's funny, romantic and also have some of the most beautiful settings in the big sur. I think this is the one of their movies that I have seen the most times... :D

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    "Divorce His, Divorce Hers" I think this is a bittersweet movie that is sort of realistic in a sense. It is filmed in a style that appeals to me, it's slow paced drama. But I like it and again the emotions between them is really intense.

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    "The Taming of the Shrew", this movie is just hilarious. I love it. The first time I saw it my sister and I went lol so much that our mom came downstairs and wondered what we were watching that was so funny!

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    and finally "Who's afraid of virginia woolf". I think this is one of their best performances. I had been wanting to watch this movie for years and it was after seeing it that I became a fan of them. I realized just what a talented actress Elizabeth is and how talented Richard was. It's a shame he never won an Oscar for any of his characters he really should have!

    And well that's enough for tonight. But I look forward to see more photos and to hear what it is about their movies that you all like! :)

    Take care,
    Love:
    Karin.
    x.



  7. Jessie

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    :exit:Love this thread, I love Cat on a hot tin roof because I'm a big fan of Paul Newman too. They had amazing chemisty in that film. I loved the story, it was a great film..

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    I loved her in little woman, it was one of my favourite films.

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    This is one of my favourite pictures of her. She is so beautiful.

    Jessie
  8. SnarkyOracle!

    SnarkyOracle! Well-Known Member

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    Elizabeth should always be slightly violet:

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  9. Jessie

    Jessie Well-Known Member

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    This is a great thread Karin. I didn't realize until after I posted my choice it was mutiple choice, I just choice one. LOL
    I have watched most of her movies, loved them all. My favourites are
    Cleopatra", "Sandpiper", "Divorce His, Divorce Hers", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" .

    Some facts on Elizabeth.
    Personal life
    Marriages
    Taylor has been married eight times to seven husbands:

    Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (6 May 1950 – 29 January 1951) (divorced)
    Michael Wilding (21 February 1952 – 26 January 1957) (divorced)
    Michael Todd (2 February 1957 – 22 March 1958) (widowed)
    Eddie Fisher (12 May 1959 – 6 March 1964) (divorced)
    Richard Burton (15 March 1964 – 26 June 1974) (divorced)
    Richard Burton (again) (10 October 1975 – 29 July 1976) (divorced)
    John Warner (4 December 1976 – 7 November 1982) (divorced)
    Larry Fortensky (6 October 1991 – 31 October 1996) (divorced)
    Children
    Taylor and Wilding had two sons, Michael Howard Wilding (born 6 January 1953), and Christopher Edward Wilding (born 27 February 1955). She and Todd had one daughter, Elizabeth Frances Todd, called "Liza" (born 6 August 1957). In 1964 she and Fisher started adoption proceedings for a daughter, whom Burton later adopted, Maria Burton (born 1 August 1961). She became a grandmother on 25 August 1971, at age 39.

    Karin do you remember a film Elizabeth Taylor was in ,where her and her husband were tourist in a country. The natives were hungry, and begging for food. Her husband gave them money, and they wanted food, and they attacked and killed the husband. I don't think it was Richard Burton in the film but it was Elizabeth. I can't remember the name of the movie?. I just remember it was a disturbing film.

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  10. SnarkyOracle!

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    I like TAMING OF THE SHREW best. Second, WAOVW?

    Someday, I'd like to see Joe Mankiewicz' entire 6 hour cut of CLEOPATRA if they ever find it.
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    I worked on Richard Burtons last film, George Orwells 1984. I didnt have much to do with him, but he seemed a really nice, rather quiet man. After that he made Ellis Island a US mini series, then he was due to star in a film called Wild Geese 2, where I was going to be his dresser, but he died shortly before filming commenced and Edward Fox took over his role and played his brother. So I ended up being Sir Laurence Olivier's dresser who was playing Rudolph Hess in the movie.
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    I voted Cleopatra
  14. SnarkyOracle!

    SnarkyOracle! Well-Known Member

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    It's hard not to have a certain affection for Elizabeth Taylor and, despite her two Oscars, she's a somewhat underrated actress. But I don't think she'll be filling any arenas at Madison Square Gardens.


  15. Karin Schill

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    Thanks for the great photos Jessie, I am glad that you enjoy this thread and your favorite movies with Elizabeth & Richard are the same as mine. :partytime

    The movie you described sounds like "Suddenly Last Summer" from 1959 where Elizabeth played a woman who was going mentally ill because her cousin Sebastian had been killed by a mob of canibals last summer. In it they were eating and he gave them money and they chased them. She was traumatized from it.

    Here's a photo from that movie:

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    Do you think that's the movie?
    Katharine Hepburn and Monty Clift was also in it. lol
    I read recently in a book about Tracy & Hepburn that "Kate" had spit the director Joe Mankiewicz in the face after she had finished the film since she thought he was so cruel to poor Monty. lol

    Speaking of which, Marky it's great to see you back on this thread.:hello:
    I would also love to watch the original 6 hour version of Cleopatra some day. I watched a documentary about the making of Cleopatra that came with the special three disc edition of the movie and they said that FOX is currently searching for the missing films from the movie. So I am sure it will be released and restored if they'll ever find them. Here's *crossing my fingers* in hopes that they do! :)

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    I also read that Richard thought that they had cut out most of his good scenes from Cleopatra...and that Elizabeth got sick to her stomach after suffering through watching the three hours version at the London premiere!

    I also agree with you that Elizabeth is sorta underrated as an actress. I think her singing voice is sweet, watching that clip so makes me wanna see that movie! :)

    Mike, I think it's awesome that you have been working on movie sets together with Richard Burton and Laurence Olivier. I happen to love Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier as well... :)

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    Although I love Elizabeth & Richard a bit more... :peace:
    This is OT but what was Laurence Olivier like?

    I am under the impression that he and Richard was sort of friends or at least shared a professional respect for each other. Since well when

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    "le scandal" happened Olivier cabled Burton. "Make up your mind do you wanna be a great actor or a household name?" or something to the effect and Burton cabled back "Both". :D

    Also if Richard was quiet on the set I guess it was because he was sober. I read in the Melvyn Bragg book that he tended to get more talkative when drunk...

    Finally since Jessie brought up all the fact about Elizabeth I figured I'd post some pics of her with her kids.

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    I think this one is from the late 1960s...

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    This is "the Burtons" in 1972.
    From left to right: The wife of Michael Wilding, I have forgotten her name, then sort of covered in the back Maria Burton, then Liza Todd Burton, Elizabeth holding her granddaughter and sitting next to her Christopher Wilding. Standing behind Elizabeth is her Michael Wilding (who I think we all recognize from Dallas?
    I wonder why they named his character Alex Barton? :D) and finally Richard.

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    I think this one is from when Elizabeth was made a Dame. Was that like in 2000?
    Or maybe it's from her 75th Birthday...

    And well that's all for now,

    Take care,
    Love:
    Karin.
    x


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    Hi Karin


    The movie you described sounds like "Suddenly Last Summer" from 1959 where Elizabeth played a woman who was going mentally ill because her cousin Sebastian had been killed by a mob of canibals last summer. In it they were eating and he gave them money and they chased them. She was traumatized from it.
    Thanks Karin that is the film, it was a good movie but very disturbing. I remember watching it when , I was young.


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    Karin you might like this youtube video. It is beautifl
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    Monty Clift seemed such odd casting for the doctor in SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER. I wish it were Brando.

    The producer of the CLEO documentary has stated his belief, based on what FOX has told him, that the footage was likely destroyed in 1963 and will never be seen again.
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    I read somewhere that Liz and Kate didn't get along on the set. Not sure if it's true, but I'd like to know why if it is.

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    Me, too...unfortunately.
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    Actually, because Joe Mankiewicz abused Taylor and Clift so badly (she had just lost her husband, and Monty had had that car accident which disfigured his face -- and he was a mental case even on the best of days) that Hepburn went to Mankiewicz the day she finished her last scene and spat in his face for it. (Mankiewicz was very talented, but apparently a cold-hearted snob who was very close to the kind of personality he often preached against in his scripts).

    Mankiewicz admits it happened, but claims it was at his feet. Neither version can be trusted, but Kate said his sadistic behavior "wasn't constructive" for the film.

    She also said that she felt Taylor was "more interested in being a movie star than an actress" (well, duh...) but emphasized that Taylor was nonetheless "a brilliant actress."

    In any event, I don't think Taylor was ever photographed more beautifully in black-and-white than in SLS.

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