RICHARD BURTON - His Love Letters

The King Of Crazy Love...

Everyone who knows me is aware of how much I love the magazine Vanity Fair. I have told my closest friends that I either intend to write for it one day or be in it. Either way would be grand!

So a month or so ago I read an article about Grace Kelly who I never read much about before and the article was really good. I have always been a big fan of biographies because I love to find out how a person becomes who they are. What choices did they make? What kind of family did they have or how "crazy" did it ever really get? I'm not just talking about actors or actresses. I have always been interested in all sorts of people and their adventures.

The funny surprise for me was how Alfred Hitchcock described Grace Kelly. The line that he used to describe her was "She is like a snowcapped volcano." This made me laugh a lot. What a line!! AND from someone who knew her well! It really did take her away from that "perfect girl" image. I really enjoyed it!

The most recent Vanity Fair talks about Liz Taylor and Richard Burton's Romance of the Century. I actually had to read the article twice. I was so in love with Richard Burton's letters!!!! He was truly an amazing writer! I could feel his love for Liz in every word even when he was hurting or she left him because he drank too much. He was tragedy at it's best! Man, did they have a romance! The interesting thing about Elizabeth Taylor is that she did not come across as shallow as I had read before. I always used to assume she was only going for the money, but after reading this article I saw something else. This really shocked me that I actually sort of liked her. Married a million times, gifts from very wealthy men, her crazy love affair and marriages with Mr. Burton and whoever else. I thought to myself, this is one tough cookie!!!!! I do think that their love was true after reading the letters. I'm a hopeless romantic so I really read them. Especially his since they were the main point of the article and the recently released book called Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the marriage of the Century to be published this month by Harper.

In one of the letters he even says that he would have loved to be a writer instead of an actor. I could tell that he would have been a very successful one. I felt sorry for him near the end and evidently Liz keeps his final letter he mailed to her right before he died next to her bed. No one has ever seen it and he was married to someone else when he wrote it to her. Like he never got over her and he wanted her to know. This is true romance at it's best!

I will just leave you with one of his letters below.

December 27

Continued with the same gifted pen. It's no use pretending that you are an ordinary woman. Quite clearly, like this pen, you are not. I don't mean, for a second, that you are in any way comparable to a pen. And yet you are, like this divine pen you are heavy and light at the same time...How to watch the puritanical face relax into slow lust? How to watch that watch catch it's breath, and, for a speck of a speck of a millionth of a second, become the animal that all men seek for in their women. And since we're talking of pens and you, how to watch the ink splurge out of the pen...reaching out from the inner depth of the divine body. Will you incidentally, permit me to #$%^ you this afternoon? Yours truly (you have just come into the room), R.B.

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rose56 6 years ago

This is at its best very good hub. I love Richard and liz

I have seen all their movies. Thanks for sharing. cant wait to read more.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks rose! Glad you stopped by. I think it would be great to see some of these films again. Best, GPAGE

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

GPAGE what a great hub and you were right before as we do have such similar interest. Such as for a long time I had Grace Kelly as my avatar because I was fascinated with her love story and how she quit being an actrss to marry royalty and raise a family. She was amazing. And ever since I saw Whose afraid of Virginia Woolf I have always loved Elizabeth and Richard. THey were fantastic in that movie as well as Cleopatra. It was quite evident that they loved each other very much. I almost missed this one but my sister Rose56 told me about it and told me to read it and I wasnt disappointed.I love to write about celebrities as well, especially older ones. Great hub. Cheers.

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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Wow that was a hot romance to say the least Loved it, Great Hub!!!

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

LJ...thank you for your great comment! It is nice to know that we have similiar interests....makes it more fun to write and read...I think I'm going to rent a few of these old movies. Cleopatra would be fun to watch again after so many years! A lot of passion in those old one's.....G

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

geegee.....thanx for stoppin in......glad u enjoyed...nice to see a new face here! GPAGE

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

GPAGE, I am not sure there has been any other couple so intriguing and beautiful as Richard and Liz. I loved this hub. Rated up!

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

Pamela....this was truly a treasure...the article on them! It made my heart sing! G

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, how I enjoyed this wonderfully romantic hub. They don't make them like Liz and Richard anymore. Thanks and keep up the interesting writing. Vote up!

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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I love this post. Elizabeth Taylor was always someone I imagined I would grow up to be like. Well, maybe not THAT many diamonds, but the romance and sophistication was enthralling.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

vocalcoach...nice to see you here! You are about the passion!!!! GPAGE

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

HH! How are you? Always glad to see you! This hub has attracted women who are similiar to me.....I can feel it in their comments! Warms my heart really! G

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lemmyisgod 6 years ago

Well G, what can I say this time to set tongues wagging! There's something voyeuristic about these hubpages! In the Uk it would be called digital dogging!

It's clear that you are no ordinary woman and I have always wanted to be a writer too... will you be my pen? I have my own ink and a quill fashioned in Shakespeare's own county, I even have a room where apparently we need to go to... write! I keep all of your letters by my bed too. The room has an en suite with a cold shower but I'm not dirty yet; largely because that damned clock has stopped and time has truly stood still it's always eight hours slow anyway.

I think Liz's picture has a look of you when you were young - what do you think?

I cant breathe I need some air! That's the power of love! I'm just going out to raise hell and have a few beers - I'll pleasure you went I get home ok? BURP!!!SIGH!!! - if I havent got brewer's droop that is.

Ok - ok - just one kiss to build our dreams upon! The LEFT ear ok?

God! Women - so demanding. I'm not giving up my Friday night out with the lads at the Rainbow Grill on Sunset ok?


Richie boy.

P.S - do you have a biro I can borrow?

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

Richard! (LG) You have me in a spin! Have you been drinking my love? Honestly, you really made me are "one of a kind for sure!!!!" This letter of yours is priceless! Please keep writing like this my love! If you need a Biro, I have plenty of them lovey. Please stay home on Friday because I have some things to share with you.

Let's WRITE a book together! Yours, Lizzy x


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epigramman 6 years ago

....and Richard Burton had that beautiful commanding speaking voice which is exactly the kind of voice I have when thinking of you - and when you are not around then I sound like Pee Wee Herman!!!

by the way if Lemmy can write a comment like the one he wrote above then he is a God!!!

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

E! So lovely to see you! Lemmy is special and so are you!!!!!! I'm glad you have your deep voice on today!!!!!! GPAGE

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

That was beautiful letter. Good combination between handsome and pretty. From the pictures they were romantic couple. I learn much from you about the passion of Sir Richard Burton want to be a writer instead as an actor. Thank you very much. As usual I rate this one.


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cheaptrick 6 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi'a G.I feel so out classed by the great comments the other fellas have made that I can only quote a beautiful lady who commented on one of my hubs[see if you can name the lady in question]"Want to come over?I am a sexy and tragic woman".I think she may actually capture my heart...If she has a cold Heineken that would seal the pact of burning passion. cigarette and a cold shower are in order...these fantasies...these damn fantasy's...

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author should read his others! He was so passionate and alive!!!!!! Thank you for always being here and leaving such supportive comments...I hope you are well my friend! I JUST LOVE ROMANCE!!!!!! G

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

cheaptrick.....u are so funny! You always make me laugh and you are brilliant! I know you love sexy and tragic women!!!! I hope u are enjoying your day!!!! GPAGE

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epigramman 6 years ago

..actually it's not Mr. Burton or Mr. Herman ... when I think of you my dear I sing from the top of the mountains like Luciano Pavarotti - or is it Eddie Vedder?

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

E! ...Mr. can sing however you want too!!!! Love both of those talented forces! Singing from the heart is all that I require! Lovely u..G

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Burton was HOT in his prime! Loved him in Becket and Anne of a Thousand Days!

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

habee.....I fell in love with him in the Vanity Fair article!!!! ha G

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epigramman 6 years ago

..and Burton out-acted Clint Eastwood in WHERE EAGLES DARE!!!

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

Epigramman...I will get that movie for sure! G

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Michael Ray King 6 years ago from Palm Coast, Florida

Loved the letter you included in your hub by Mr. Burton. What a powerful writer! I found your writing extremely well constructed and passionate as well. A reader cannot help but feel your passion when you write. Keep it up! I love to read...

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

Thank you so much Michael! Nice to see you! I really appreciate your comment. It means a lot to me. I am really in love with R. Burton's letters! ha I'm so glad you felt the passion! G

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LilianEden 6 years ago

Priceless! (wink!) Great hub!!!!!! XOXO

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

AWESOME! right LB????? ha G

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