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Richard Burton to Receive Walk of Fame Star for Cleopatra‘s 50th Anniversary
It has been confirmed today by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that Richard Burton will receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013 on Friday March 1st. Richard Burton’s star will be placed next to Elizabeth Taylor’s, honoring one of the most famous theatrical relationships and greatest love stories in history.
The ceremony is part of celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Burton and Taylor in their first on-screen feature. The Academy Award-winning film was released by 20th Century Fox in 1963 and will be available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Welsh business academic Professor Dylan Jones-Evans has led the campaign on behalf of the Western Mail, the national newspaper of Wales, to secure Richard Burton’s star.
Mary Daily, President of Worldwide Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, also released a statement.
Hilary Boulding, Principal at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama had this to say about the event.
The extraordinary relationship between Taylor and Burton started when Burton joined Taylor in the film Cleopatra. Until that time, Oxford University educated Burton, the son of a Welsh coal miner, was better known as a distinguished Shakespearian stage actor.
Their subsequent marriage created headlines around the world. They went on to star together in nine other films, including The Taming of the Shrew , The V.I.P.s and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in which Taylor won her second Oscar for best actress. These two outstanding talents shared a passion throughout their lives.Cleopatra was released June 12th, 1963 and stars Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh. The film is directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, Darryl F. Zanuck.
- Birth Date: November 10th, 1925 – Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK
- Death Date: August 5th, 1984 – Céligny, Geneva, Switzerland
- Credits: Acting