Veteran actor Richard Burton will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Burton will be honored at a ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, March 1st. His star will be placed next to that of Elizabeth Taylor. The placement is largely symbolic as it honors the duo’s relationship both on-screen and off. The ceremony is planned to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Cleopatra. Taylor and Burton co-starred in the movie as the Queen of the Nile herself and her lover, Mark Antony. Cleopatra will be re-issued on Blu-ray this year. A release date for the upcoming re-issue has not yet been made official.
The effort to give Burton a star was led by Welsh business academic professor Dylan Jones-Evans. His effort was made on behalf of the Western Mail, the official newspaper of Wales. Jones was very happy when asked about the news of Burton’s new honor. “I am delighted that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has agreed to partner with us to recognise one of Wales’ greatest ever actors with a star as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Cleopatra,” he said. “I am also sure all the people of Wales will be thrilled that he is receiving this accolade on the most special day for the Welsh nation, St. David’s Day.”
Mary Daily, President of Worldwide Marketing Chief Marketing Officer of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also offered her thoughts on the news. “Richard Burton remains one of the greatest actors of his generation whose iconic voice, rugged good looks and talent knew no bounds. From My Cousin Rachel, which cemented Burton as a Hollywood leading man to The Robe and the Blockbuster Cleopatra, Burton is an integral part of the 20th Century Fox Legacy and we look forward to celebrating his contribution to stage and film with the country of Wales and the rest of the world.”
Burton, who was the son of a Welsh coal miner, started his career as a distinguished Shakespearian stage actor. It was his role in Cleopatra that led to his eventual marriage to Taylor. The pair’s marriage made headlines the world over. They went on to star in nine other films together, including: The Taming of the Shrew, The V.I.Ps, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? This latter film garnered Taylor her second Oscar for Best Actress.
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