Elizabeth Taylor Kept One Of Richard Burton's Final Love Letters To Her By Her Side At All Times

Nov 13, 2023 by apost team

When it comes to classic Hollywood royalty, Elizabeth Taylor is one of those names at the top of the list. The British-American actress was known for her stunningly unique features, violet eyes and charisma on the big screen, which made her one of the most sought-after actresses during her lifetime. 

Some of Elizabeth’s most popular performances were in “Cleopatra,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” all alongside her partner at the time, Richard Burton.

On top of a highly successful professional life, Elizabeth also had a very public personal life. She was married a total of eight times, two of which were to Burton. There were some controversies that surrounded her dating life, but ultimately, Taylor got the family she had always wanted. 

She went on to have four children: Michael Wilding Jr. and Christopher Edward Wilding, who she had with her second husband Michael Wilding; Liza Todd, who she had with her third husband Mike Todd; and Maria Burton, who she adopted when she married her fifth husband, Richard Burton. 

Although the actress had an amazing family by her side, she also endured some issues and controversies, most especially in her relationship with Richard, as both of them were still married when they first worked together in the movie “Cleopatra.”

Their relationship was so controversial that it came to a point when the Vatican accused Elizabeth of “erotic vagrancy.”

Regardless of what the public thought of them, it appeared that the pair had a great time with their romance, as proven by their secret love letters that were made public later.

Elizabeth Taylor (ca. 1950), (API/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

According to an article published by People Magazine in October 2023, Richard Burton first had an encounter with Elizabeth Taylor at a party in Hollywood in 1953. 

However, they later had a relationship back when they were working on the set of “Cleopatra,” and their affair was one of the most talked-about issues in the entertainment industry at the time. 

Later on, the pair decided to end their marriages with their previous partners in order to be with one another. They tied the knot in March 1964. At first, the pair were notoriously known for traveling to different places around the world to buy several properties, artworks, and jewelry, but behind all of the glitz, glamor, and lavish lifestyle, the two reportedly fought often.

After being married for over a decade, the two decided to divorce in June 1974.

Their love for one another reignited the year after as they tried to work things out, so once again, they remarried in October 1975.

“Even though there were rough times, I wouldn’t give up one minute of my time with Richard Burton,” Elizabeth wrote in her autobiography.

Unfortunately, their second marriage only lasted for less than a year, and they pursued yet another divorce for the second time.

Richard wrote in his diary in August 1969, as posted by The Vampire’s Wife, “I might run from her for a thousand years and she is still my baby child. Our love is so furious that we burn each other out.”

Although they were already separated following their divorce, the pair kept in touch with each other through letters.


Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton (1968), (Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Out of all the letters that Richard had written for Elizabeth, his final message was the one that she kept with her at all times.

In an interview with Vanity Fair published in 2010, the actress described the letter, which was written before Richard’s sudden death in 1984, as her most treasured possession, and she even kept it by her bedside at all times.

According to an article published by The Washington Post in 1984, Richard passed away at a hospital in Geneva due to a cerebral hemorrhage. He was only 58 years old at the time.

“Richard was magnificent in every sense of the word ... and in everything he ever did. He was magnificent on the stage, he was magnificent in film, he was magnificent at making love.... He was the kindest, funniest, and most gentle father,” Elizabeth described her former lover.

She also added that her children “worshipped” him, and from their first moments in Rome, Italy, they were madly in love.

In 2011, the world of the entertainment industry mourned the death of Elizabeth Taylor as she died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Weeks prior to her death, she spent time at the medical facility for a while due to congestive heart failure, but before that, she already had health problems for years and was seen using a wheelchair in some public appearances. 

In 2001, she spoke with Larry King in an interview, as reported by ABC News, to speak about her previous near-death experiences, as she said: “There must be some reason that God wants me to live. There must be something left for me to do. And I have to find out what that something is and go out there and do it!”

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton (1965), (API/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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