Richard Burton to Receive Posthumous Star on Walk of Fame
Fans of Richard Burton have long argued his acting is often underrated and under-appreciated. This is most likely because of his famous, or shall we say infamous marriage(s) to Elizabeth Taylor. Their romantic and sometimes volatile relationship was followed by millions of loving fans all around the world. It was also subject to tabloid scrutiny which often overshadowed their performances.
This past Friday, February 15th, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Richard Burton will receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony will take place on Friday, March 1st. The date also signifies St. David’s Day, which honors the patron saint of Wales, Burton’s home country. Burton’s star will be placed next to Taylor’s, in an effort to honor their great working relationship and lasting romance.
The ceremony coincides with the 50th anniversary release of the Joseph L. Mankiewicz epic Cleopatra starring Burton and Taylor. This special release will be on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. A release date has yet to be announced. In addition to support from 20th Century Fox, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans from the Western Mail, the national newspaper of Wales, has been working hard to honor Burton’s career with a star on the Walk of Fame.
For more information about the ceremonies and for the complete press release with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, click here.
Source: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Press Release
Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.