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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Richard Burton

Richard Burton insisted that his way out of an impoverished Welsh childhood was due not to acting, but to books; he read one a day. He was once bought a complete set of The Everyman Library by Elizabeth Taylor as a present.

Burton was widely admired for his command and understanding of English poetry, which he taught for a term at Oxford University in the early 1970s.

He once got into a contest with Robert F. Kennedy, whom he greatly admired, in which they tried to outdo the other by quoting Shakespeare's sonnets. Both were word-perfect, and Burton was forced to "win" the contest by quoting one of the sonnets backwards.

Richard Burton indulged Elizabeth Taylor's love of jewellery. He once gave her a £127,000 ring "just because it was a Tuesday."

Source IMDB

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