Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Cardiff in 1965 for rugby


BBC Wales is publishing archive of the late actor Richard Burton online for the first time. It coincides with the publication of his diaries, relating his tempestuous relationship with Elizabeth Taylor.

Brian Hoey interviews Richard Burton and his wife Elizabeth Taylor on the platform of Cardiff Central railway station.

Burton and Taylor were in the city in January 1965 to watch Wales play England at rugby union on the Saturday.

Burton had been in London for just over a week, filming scenes for The Spy Who Came in From The Cold (Paramount, 1965, based on the novel by John Le Carré) and would travel on to Dublin to continue work on the project. He and Elizabeth Taylor had recently completed The Sandpiper, filmed in California (MGM, 1965).

The interviewer also refers to their 1963 MGM film The V.I.P.s, the first they worked on together after Cleopatra (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1963). Wales would, as Elizabeth hoped, beat England, by 14 points to 3, on their way to the Triple Crown.

A BBC Wales TV documentary about Richard Burton's diaries is due to be broadcast in November.

Thanks to Prof Chris Williams of Swansea University for historical context.

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