Richard Burton Finally Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame

Cleopatra starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth BurtonRichard Burton doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame already? How can that be?
Burton, who passed away in 1984, is finally being honored with a star on the Walk of Fame with the posthumous tribute timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ Cleopatra. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will conduct the ceremony on March 1, 2013, placing his star next to the love of his life’s, Elizabeth Taylor.
Cleopatra was the first film to feature Burton and Taylor and 20th Century Fox will be making the film available on Blu-ray for the first time this year. The famous fiery couple went on to star in nine other films together including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Taming of the Shrew.
“I am delighted that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has agreed to partner with us to recognise one of Wales’ greatest ever actors with a star as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Cleopatra,” said Prof. Jones-Evan, a Welsh business academic who led the campaign. “I am also sure all the people of Wales will be thrilled that he is receiving this accolade on the most special day for the Welsh nation, St David’s Day.”
Jones-Evan added, “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.”
Hilary Boulding, Principal at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama said: “We’re pleased that Richard Burton will be recognised with a star on the Hollywood Boulevard. The College is also grateful for public support to establish scholarships in Burton’s name for talented young actors. He was – and remains – one of Wales’ most famous sons. We’re proud to be the home of the Richard Burton Theatre, helping to inspire a new generation of actors.”
Source: 20th Century Fox

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