Richard Burton archive interview from 1962


This is the second in a series of BBC Wales archive clips of the late Richard Burton, published online for the first time to coincide with the publication of his diaries.

This interview for Wales Today with Emrys Walters was recorded shortly before Christmas 1962 while Burton was making the film The VIPs (MGM 1963).

The actor mentions his teachers Meredith Jones and Philip Burton, his home in CĂ©ligny, Switzerland, and having watched London Welsh beat Aberavon at Old Deer Park in west London.

Interestingly, there is no mention of the Hollywood star's involvement with Elizabeth Taylor, which had dominated the headlines in late 1962.

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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