Burton and Taylor’s combustible relationship scandalized Hollywood back in 1963, and remained a reliable headline maker throughout the ensuing decade. Perhaps their chemistry stemmed from Burton’s ability to keep Taylor’s feet on the ground. “(Calling her) the most beautiful woman in the world is absolute nonsense,” he famously sneered. “She has wonderful eyes, but she has a double chin and an overdeveloped chest, and she’s rather short in the leg.” Nice.
Both were married when they began their affair in 1963 (leading the Vatican to condemn the relationship as “erotic vagrancy”) but it wasn’t long before Burton became Taylor’s fifth husband the following year. That marriage lasted ten years before divorce in 1974, and then remarriage the following year. Nine months later the relationship was over for good. As Taylor remarked, “You can't keep clapping a couple of sticks (of dynamite) together without expecting them to blow up.” Indeed.
The pair met on the set of
, their evident passion for each other firing the relationship between Anthony and Cleopatra. However, it was the explosive union portrayed in
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
? that is thought best to represent the couple’s relationship…