One evening after filming, Richard Burton excused himself to go to his study and wrote a letter to Elizabeth Taylor. That night, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage at 58. Elizabeth never disclosed the exact contents of the letter but she said that he wrote that although he was not unhappy, he was happiest with her. He said, that nobody else could know what happened between them, and told her that he wanted to come home. As it turns out, he had to wait for her to come home to him.
She was a talented actress and a strong interesting woman and I’m sad that we’ve lost her. Elizabeth kept Richard’s letter beside her bed since his death and being the romantic that I am, I like to think of her and Richard together again….three times a charm right?
Recommended reading, “Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century” by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger