14 agosto 2012

'She is a brilliant actress, she is beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography': Secret diaries of Richard Burton as he describes his Hollywood wife Elizabeth Taylor




  • . Burton's 
    diaries are to be be published later this year after they were given to Swansea University by his widow Sally Burton
  • . 'I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth'
  • . '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'

There have been few more turbulent love affairs, but Richard Burton's passion for Elizabeth Taylor was never doubted.
She was, said the hell-raising actor, 'beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography'.
The depth of his feelings towards the woman he married twice is revealed in Burton's private diaries which are to be published for the first time.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of 'Cleopatra' in1963
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra in1963 Burton describes Elizabeth as 'the prospectus that can never be entirely catalogued, an almanac for poor Richard. And I shall love her forever'
When he died in 1984, aged 58, Burton left more than 400,000 words in pocket books, desk diaries and loose papers describing his inner-most thoughts. In neat, handwritten notes he recorded 'watching his weight, watching his drinking, or watching other men watch his Elizabeth'.
But the most personal entries record his romance with Taylor, the woman he met on the set of Cleopatra in 1963. 
Hollywood's golden couple married in 1964 for the first time but divorced after ten years. Sixteen months later, in 1975, they married again, although this time it lasted less than a year.
In November 1968, Burton wrote: 'I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth. She has turned me into a model 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. 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.
'She is the prospectus that can never be entirely catalogued, an almanac for poor Richard. And I shall love her forever.' Burton's diaries were given to Swansea University by his widow, Sally Burton, and are due to be published later this year.
Richard Burton's secret diaries are due to be published later this year at the end of a five-year project after they were given to Swansea University by his widow Sally Burton
Richard Burton's secret diaries are due to be published later this year at the end of a five-year project after they were given to Swansea University by his widow Sally Burton
The actor, who was married five times and had four children, began keeping diaries when he was 14 and continued until just before his death. Most of the entries cover the years 1965 to 1972. They were edited by Professor Christopher Williams who said yesterday: 'The words reveal a rather different Richard Burton from the one most people have in their minds.
'It reveals somebody who is much more reflective and thoughtful and someone who engaged intellectually with the world around him.
'It's not just the ale-and-women kind of image. From 1965 to 1972 he was with Elizabeth and it was when their lives were as settled as they ever were.
'It is a very frank and raw account of their marriage and relationship. It's a bit sad because we know it's all going to come to an end but it is also revealing and touching and Elizabeth comes out of it extremely well.'
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married for the first time in a secret ceremony in Montreal in 1964
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married for the first time in a secret ceremony in Montreal in 1964. In his diary, Burton says: 'She has turned me into a model man but not a prig, she is a wildly exciting lover-mistress'
But readers also get a rare glimpse into the complexitites of Burton's relationship with Taylor – as well as confessions of his occasional aggressive behaviour towards her.
On Sunday, August 31, 1969, he wrote: 'Yesterday was another terrible day. I behaved in a way to make a banshee look kind, good and sweet. Insulting Elizabeth, drunk, periodically excusing myself rather shabbily and then starting the rough treatment all over again.
Elizabeth Taylor kisses Richard Burton on their first wedding day in 1964
Elizabeth Taylor kisses Richard Burton on their first wedding day in 1964
'Sometimes I am so much my father's son that I give myself occasional creeps. He had the same gift for damaging with the tongue, he had the same temporary violence, he had the same fidelity to Mam that I have to Elizabeth.'
Burton stopped writing in 1972, two years before he and Taylor were divorced. But he began a handwritten pocket diary for 1975, the year they remarried.
After that the actor recorded his life on loose pages kept in a ring binder in 1980 and then in a desk diary in 1983. The diaries, to be published in October by Yale University Press, include vignettes of the famous people who crossed his path, mentioning Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Franco Zeffirelli, Aristotle Onassis and the Duke of Windsor.
In July 1971, Burton wrote: 'Heard this morning that Julie Andrews is in town also that John Kenneth Galbraith has just left. Wish it were the other way round.'

Elizabeth Taylor re-marries Richard Burton in 1975 in Kasane in Botswana
Elizabeth Taylor re-marries Richard Burton in 1975 in Kasane, Botswana in her sixth wedding


 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188177/Secret-diaries-Richard-Burton-reveal-love-Elizabeth-Taylor-forever.html




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Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz is ready for her close-up in stunning photoshoot as she admits she still finds English-language roles difficult



Penelope Cruz finds acting in English-language movies 'difficult'.
The Spanish beauty - who has 18-month-old son Leo with husband Javier Bardem - spoke little English when she first began her film career.
Strike a pose: Penelope Cruz appears on the cover of this month's W magazine
Strike a pose: Penelope Cruz appears on the cover of this month's W magazine
But she admits it can sometimes be hard working outside her native language because of the thought processes it involves.
Posing for an arty photoshoot in W magazine, she told the publication: 'There is a part of your brain that has to stop when you’re acting. You have to be in the moment and dare to fly. Words can’t be on your mind.
'And yet, when you are working in a foreign language, you have to be thinking about the words every single second. It’s difficult, but I’m not complaining. It’s just the way it is.'
Arty: The Spanish actress reveals she finds acting in English language movies difficult
Arty: The Spanish actress reveals she finds acting in English language movies difficult
Sultry: Cruz was shot by famed fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Sultry: Cruz was shot by famed fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Sultry: Cruz was shot by famed fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Penelope also revealed she and Javier had to adapt their own scripts in Vicky Cristina Barcelona as director Woody Allen wanted them to speak Spanish, though he can't speak the language himself - and the filmmaker has no idea whether or not they stayed true to his writing.
She added: 'He gave us the script he wrote in English, and he gave us the freedom to translate and improvise. Woody told me recently that he still doesn’t know if we are talking about the atomic bomb. 
'And it’s the same thing in To Rome With Love - he doesn’t speak Italian. I translated my lines. So he still doesn’t know what I am saying.'
Ready for her close-up: Penelope looked stunning in the black and white photoshoot
Ready for her close-up: Penelope looked stunning in the black and white photoshoot
Happy couple: Pictured here at the Oscars last year in Los Angeles with husband Javier Bardem
Happy couple: Pictured here at the Oscars last year in Los Angeles with husband Javier Bardem



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2188020/Penelope-Cruz-ready-close-stunning-photoshoot-admits-finds-English-language-roles-difficult.html



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Aren't you hot in that! Lady Gaga steps out in Bulgaria wearing a large fur coat and confirms that it's real via Twitter



She's known for causing a stir when it comes to her style, but Lady Gaga's latest look and her actions may have caused a fresh outrage.
The 26-year-old singer stepped out in Bulgaria yesterday wearing what appeared to be a real fur coat as she left her hotel carrying a puppy.
Gaga, who was recently slammed by animal charity PETA for wearing a pink fur coat, then took to her Twitter account just to confirm that the garment she was wearing was real.
Feeling cold? Lady Gaga steps out in Bulgaria wearing a large fur coat and carrying a small dog
Feeling cold? Lady Gaga steps out in Bulgaria wearing a large fur coat and carrying a small dog
Confirmation: The singer took to her Twitter page to confirm that the coat was by Hermes and asked the press to credit the designer
Confirmation: The singer took to her Twitter page to confirm that the coat was by Hermes and asked the press to credit the designer
Confirmation: The singer took to her Twitter page to confirm that the coat was by Hermes and asked the press to credit the designer
In a rather sarcastic manner, the pop star wrote: 'For those press and such who are writing about whether or not my fur is actually real, please don't forget to credit the designer HERMES. Thank You! LOVE, gaga.'
Her latest tweet is no doubt going to receive a backlash worldwide, but as she stepped out in Sofia yesterday, Gaga didn't seem to care what anyone thought of her attire.
The quirky star teamed the large grey coat with a pinstriped dress that was slit right up to her hips and almost revealed her underwear.
She completed her look with a pair of patent heels and large dark sunglasses whil carrying the pooch and a small designer handbag.
As she left her hotel, the New York-born star waved to her waiting fans and even stopped to sign autographs for them.
They don't care! Gaga signed autographs for waiting fans who clearly didn't mind that she was wearing fur
They don't care! Gaga signed autographs for waiting fans who clearly didn't mind that she was wearing fur
Gaga is in Sofia for the start of the European leg of her Born This Way Ball world tour which kicks off tonight at the Armeets Arena.
Her arrival in the capital comes as RadarOnline revealed that PETA has targeted the singer by writing her a personal letter and begging her to no longer wear fur.
'Many of your gay fans, I among them, have long admired what you told Ellen: "I hate fur, and I don't wear fur,"' wrote Dan Mathews, Senior Vice President of PETA.
Backlash: PETA have slammed Gaga after she wore this pink fur coat out in New York recently
Backlash: PETA have slammed Gaga after she wore this pink fur coat out in New York recently
'What happened? Are your stylists telling you that it's fake, or are you a turncoat?' Mathews asked.
'Many gays are animal advocates because we recognize that the same arrogance and indifference that some have toward animal suffering has at times been directed toward us personally because of our orientation," he went on to say.
'By wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you're making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian. As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose.'
Strike a pose: Gaga tweeted a snap of herself posing with her pet pooch
Strike a pose: Gaga tweeted a snap of herself posing with her pet pooch

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2187992/Lady-Gaga-steps-Bulgaria-wearing-large-fur-coat-confirms-real-Twitter.html


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