Richard Burton reportedly wrote more than 450,000 words in private journals, but the words he reserved for Elizabeth Taylor will likely get the most attention when his diaries are published for the first time in October.
It would be hard to ignore such reported passages in "The Richard Burton Diaries" as "she is a wildly exciting lover-mistress" and "beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography."
Hollywood's most-watched couple of their time hooked up while filming "Cleopatra" in 1963, married in 1964, divorced in 1974 and remarried in 1975 for a year.
Chris Williams, a Swansea University professor who edited the journals, told the Telegraph that the entries reveal a Burton beyond his boozing and womanizing. "It reveals somebody who is much more reflective and thoughtful and someone who engaged intellectually with the world around him."
Even Yale University Press, the publisher, chimed in on its website how the portrait of a full human being emerges as Burton "confronts the peculiar challenges of a life lived largely in the spotlight."
But we doubt Burton and Taylor aficionados will be diving into Burton's inner-most thoughts to discover what a well-rounded fellow he was. They want dishy, breathless passages like the Daily Mail reported: "She can tolerate my impossibilities and my drunkenness, she is an ache in the stomach when I am away from her and she loves me."
Or as the New York Post noted earlier from a Burton personal entry in another book "Furious Love," "Her breasts were apocalyptic, they would topple empires."
Burton, who made 11 movies with Taylor, died at age 58 in 1984. Taylor died at 79 in 2011. Publishers are banking on the public's continued fascination with the pair and their intermittent devotion to each other.
"I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth," Burton wrote in 1968 diary entry.
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