”I want you to know that I have been sitting all alone on a very large volcano,” he said.
Despite the strong astrological links between Taylor and Burton, their relationship was undoubtedly far from easy.
Due to the powerful love/hate energy associated with Scorpio, they were alternately hopelessly besotted with each other or furiously fighting cat and dog.
Over the years they perpetrated an even more bizarre, and in many ways more popular, piece of entertainment just by being themselves.
Richard Burton is best known as a Welsh actor considered to be the heir apparent to Olivier.
A thoroughly un-Egyptian fog and Taylor’s near-fatal pneumonia helped abort work in London, where 12 months of shooting had yielded only 12 minutes of usable footage. Mankiewicz ( At first Burton dismissed Taylor as ”Miss Tits,” but by the time they played their first scene, on January 22, 1962, he had reconsidered.
After watching them at work that day, Mankiewicz called producer Walter Wanger.
”’I am in love with Richard Burton and he is in love with me — and we are using Elizabeth Taylor, with her consent, as our cover-up.”’ With that, he kissed Burton full on the mouth.
cost nearly million (4 million in today’s dollars), and it is probably the most expensive movie in history.
Here was a classic example of a ‘fatal’ attraction between two people who could neither live without each other nor with each other – and Taylor’s obsessive Scorpio Moon, falling almost exactly on Burton’s dangerously sexy Scorpio Sun, tells us pretty much everything we need to know.