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March 1, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
As legendary actor Richard Burton was honored this week with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his native Wales took full advantage of the occasion to shine a spotlight on itself. “Richard Burton is part of a proud history of the Welsh in Hollywood,” Edwina Hart, business minister for the Welsh government, said in a statement. “He has inspired a new generation of actors, performers and filmmakers from Wales, who are now benefiting from our world class infrastructure and government support.” Following the unveiling of Burton's star Friday, the Welsh government and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to highlight the country's potential as a location for television and drama production.
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October 17, 2013 | By David Ng
"Burton and Taylor," the new TV movie that aired Wednesday evening on BBC America, dissects the famous couple's infamous 1983 reunion when they decided to star in a revival production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives. " Playing a divorced couple whose contentious relationship was not far removed from their own, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor received some of the worst reviews of their careers. The production opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York in the spring of 1983 and then toured the country, with a stop in Beverly Hills at the Wilshire Theatre (now the Saban Theatre)
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By David Ng
It's fair to say that the 1983 touring production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, wasn't a high point in the couple's catalog of professional collaborations. Critics savaged the production, which came to Los Angeles after running briefly on Broadway. This episode in the Taylor-Burton saga is being resurrected for a new television movie that will star Helena Bonham Carter as the Oscar-winning actress and Dominic West, of "The Wire" and "The Hour" fame, as the oft-nominated Welsh actor.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
There was the spectacle, the runaway budget, the fights with the studio. But almost everyone thinks about the 1963 movie "Cleopatra" for one thing: Liz and Dick. Martin Landau remembers the day when he realized "Cleopatra" stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were having an adulterous affair during the troubled production in Rome of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 243-minute epic. "There were days when we literally had 10,000 extras," recalled Landau, who played Rufio, the loyal right-hand man to Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison)
TRAVEL
July 28, 1996 | JOHN MUNCIE
SINDH REVISITED: A Journey in the Footsteps of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Christopher Ondaatje (HarperCollins, $30, photos). Richard Burton was perhaps the most remarkable of a remarkable breed: the English Victorian explorer. In the second half of the 19th century he journeyed to Mecca and Medina disguised as an Arab pilgrim; he searched for the source of the Nile with John Speke; he explored Brazil. His adventures make Indiana Jones look like Mister Rogers.
NEWS
February 4, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Philip Burton, the Welsh teacher who mentored the son of a coal miner and helped mold him into one of the world's top actors, is dead at age 90. Burton, the surrogate father of Richard Burton, died Jan. 28 at the Heart of Florida Hospital. He had lived in Key West for 14 years before moving to a central Florida nursing home in 1993. The elder Burton was a writer, actor, director, professor, Shakespeare scholar and former president of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2010 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
Love is a condition of life that rewards all the virtues, except moderation. Thus, our enduring fascination with the compelling and tumultuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and the late Richard Burton. Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger are the latest in a lengthy line of writers and memoirists to assess Taylor and Burton's epic romance, and the subtitle of their new book — "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century" — suggests their particular jumping-off point.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 1990 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sir Richard Burton, the Victorian explorer, geologist, botanist, anthropologist, rake, poet, master of 40 languages and dialects, the first European to enter the sacred, forbidden Muslim citadel of Harer in East Africa, translator of the Kamasutra and the 16-volume "Arabian Nights"--is any life more cinematically enticing than his? It's mystifying that, until now, no one has sought to make a feature film about him, unless you want to count the 1971 TV docudrama "The Search for the Nile."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Richard Burton died at only 58 in 1984 after a life and career that could be called meteoric in the truest sense that meteors both rise and fall, blaze across the sky and fade.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2009 | By Tim Rutten
One of life's oddities is how often a series of genuinely comedic incidents congeals into, if not tragedy, then tragic loss. Robert Sellers certainly has no intention of turning readers' thoughts in that moody direction, but "Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed" probably will, though there's a tremendous amount of unapologetic, unself-conscious fun to be had on the way to...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By David Ng
Sybil Christopher, who died last week in New York at 83, was a noted theater producer and the founder of Arthur, a Manhattan hot spot that attracted a ritzy celebrity clientele during the 1960s. Even if she hadn't become famous as the first wife, and later, ex-wife, of actor Richard Burton, Christopher would still have occupied an important seat in New York high society and culture. "She was very hands on -- as hands on a mother as she was a producer. " said Kate Burton, her eldest daughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
As legendary actor Richard Burton was honored this week with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his native Wales took full advantage of the occasion to shine a spotlight on itself. “Richard Burton is part of a proud history of the Welsh in Hollywood,” Edwina Hart, business minister for the Welsh government, said in a statement. “He has inspired a new generation of actors, performers and filmmakers from Wales, who are now benefiting from our world class infrastructure and government support.” Following the unveiling of Burton's star Friday, the Welsh government and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama hosted a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to highlight the country's potential as a location for television and drama production.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
It isn't easy sometimes to be an ordinary person in Los Angeles, so near to and yet so far from the city's glamorous events. You hear about the grand Oscar parties, but you will never be invited. The award ceremony may be taking place minutes from where you live, but you watch it at home, on TV, in your sweat pants - and you might as well be in Dubuque. Rodeo Drive too can make you feel like a scrap on the cutting room floor. As you stroll the wide and immaculate sidewalks of Beverly Hills' iconic shopping street, you pass by boutiques you'd feel self-conscious walking into.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By David Ng
It's fair to say that the 1983 touring production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, wasn't a high point in the couple's catalog of professional collaborations. Critics savaged the production, which came to Los Angeles after running briefly on Broadway. This episode in the Taylor-Burton saga is being resurrected for a new television movie that will star Helena Bonham Carter as the Oscar-winning actress and Dominic West, of "The Wire" and "The Hour" fame, as the oft-nominated Welsh actor.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
Actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested Thursday morning after police said she punched a woman in the face at a nightclub in New York. Lohan, 26, was taken into custody on suspicion of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, at Club Avenue in Manhattan's fashionable meatpacking district. Police said the incident happened inside the club and the troubled actress was sitting inside a black SUV when officers arrived and arrested her about 4 a.m. Lohan was not injured and the alleged victim, whose injuries were not disclosed, refused medical treatment at the scene, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
An epic love story, like a good horror movie, relies more on possibility than actuality. Surprise and anticipation, of what is to come and what it might mean, are what draw viewers in, binding them in fetters of pleasure and pain. Subtlety and nuance create the space between word and glance, between shadow and revelation, where imagination digs in and magnificence blooms. None of which happens, in any way, shape or form, during Lifetime's television event "Liz & Dick," a wildly graceless biopic that careens through the decades-long relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton with more petulance than passion, knocking down gin bottles and rumpling silk sheets for no better reason than that's what it says to do in the script.
BOOKS
March 26, 1989 | Herbert Kretzmer, Kretzmer was for 18 years the drama critic of the London Daily Express and for nine years the television critic of the London Daily Mail. He wrote the lyrics for the current hit musical "Les Miserables."
Popular opinion about him tended to be negative and dismissive long before Richard Burton died of a stroke at 58. He was, so the legend went (and still goes), a wild Celtic charmer who spoke with the tongue of angels but surrendered all too eagerly to the lure of liquor and financial plenty.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By David Ng
Sybil Christopher, who died last week in New York at 83, was a noted theater producer and the founder of Arthur, a Manhattan hot spot that attracted a ritzy celebrity clientele during the 1960s. Even if she hadn't become famous as the first wife, and later, ex-wife, of actor Richard Burton, Christopher would still have occupied an important seat in New York high society and culture. "She was very hands on -- as hands on a mother as she was a producer. " said Kate Burton, her eldest daughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Larry A. Thompson has long been fascinated with celebrity couples who "fly so close to the sun. " Sonny and Cher, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are duos featured in several television movies developed by the veteran producer. For years, he's wanted to create a movie around one of Hollywood's most famous and scandalous couples, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He contends - and who could argue? - that the volcanic emotions fueling the courtship, marriages and breakups of the on- and off-screen couple gave birth to the obsessive celebrity culture that blossomed into the tsunami of today's tabloids, paparazzi and gossip websites: "They were the first Brangelina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Roderick Mann, a British-born show business writer who interviewed many of the world's biggest stars during a more than 40-year career that included serving as an entertainment columnist for the Los Angeles Times, died early Friday morning. He was 87. Mann, who had been battling dementia and the early stages of Alzheimer's disease the last 14 months, died of cardiopulmonary arrest at an assisted-living facility in Studio City, said his wife, Anastasia Kostoff Mann. In a journalism career that began in the late 1940s after he served as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in World War II, Mann was the syndicated entertainment feature writer for London's Daily and Sunday Express from the 1950s through the '80s.
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