Richard Burton is getting a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The news was confirmed last week by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Burton’s star will sit next to Elizabeth Taylor‘s, paying tribute to their famed yet controversial relationship.
The ceremony for Burton’s star will coincide with the 50th anniversary of “Cleopatra,” the infamous movie that starred both Burton and Taylor.
“I am delighted that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has agreed to partner with us to recognize one of Wales’ greatest ever actors with a star as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of ‘Cleopatra,’” said Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, the lead campaigner for the Western Mail who secured Burton’s star. “This public recognition for Richard Burton’s body of work will help not only help raise the profile of Wales internationally, but will also help to raise funds to provide scholarships in the legendary actor’s name to support young Welsh talent at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.”
Burton’s relationship with Taylor began on the set of “Cleopatra.” To two married in 1964 and starred in another nine films together, including “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.”
Burton’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled on March 1.