Saturday, May 20, 2006
I've decided against Richard Burton as a role model for my next hero, but I couldn't resist posting a couple of pictures of him and Liz Taylor. I hear she's very ill.
Wasn't she the most beautiful woman? I know they were terribly spoiled and childish. They led charmed Hollywood lives before Brad & Angelina were even twinkles in their parents' eyes--makes you wonder if times really do change or do we just convince ourselves they do because of our gadgets.
I always feel sorry for Burton's last wife, Sally, because these two Hollywood legends are linked forever in many peoples minds as the classic 'can't live together, can't live apart' lovers.
For me it was Richard Burton's voice--actually the more I think about it, the more I realise I am very attracted to voices--DH's too. Richard Burton had the sort of voice that you could feel. It wasn't the Welsh accent--I was born on the English side of the Welsh border, which makes for keen enemies. But there was some vibrant living quality to Burton's voice that still resonates today. His looks aren't bad either--an early Russell Crowe--and he was one hell of an actor :)
I wonder WHY he never got an Academy Award--and why John Wayne did, LOL? John Wayne tried to give Burton his oscar when he beat him in 1969? Something like that. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Duke, but Burton beat him hands down as an actor. What do you think? Wayne or Burton??