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Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame for Richard Burton

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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MOVIE icon Richard Burton is to have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at last.

It will be unveiled on St David's Day next to the star celebrating Elizabeth Taylor, with whom Burton is inextricably linked.

And it's not the only new chapter in the enduring Burton legend, as The Richard Burton Diaries will be published in Canada — the country where Burton and Taylor were first married.

Fellow Port Talbot star Sir Anthony Hopkins and Neath's Ray Milland are among Welsh celebrities to have stars on the Walk of Fame.

Now the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has confirmed Pontrhydyfen-born Burton will receive a posthumous star.

Business academic Dylan Jones-Evans, who has led the campaign for Burton's star, said he was delighted.

He added: "We wanted to make it slightly iconic because it is the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra in 2013.

"Also, if Burton was to have his star on Hollywood way every living Welshman and woman would want to see that happen on St David's Day."

Burton's diaries were presented to Swansea University by his widow Sally Burton in 2006 as part of a collection of her late husband's papers. They were edited by Swansea University historian Chris Williams, director of the university's Research Institute for Arts and Humanities.

Published last year, The Richard Burton Diaries enjoyed high-profile launches in the UK, including Swansea and Port Talbot, the USA and elsewhere. Now they will be unveiled in Canada, with launches in Vancouver next Thursday and in Toronto two days later.

Invited dignitaries will attend, while the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir will sing in their home city.

Professor Williams said; "The success of the Diaries has been unimaginable. With a serialisation in a national newspaper, a prime time slot on a major US network, and lots of interest closer to home, it seems as if the allure of Burton is as present now as ever.

"A Canadian launch is very exciting and will be a time to remember Burton's close links with the country. Of course, Burton trained as a RAF navigator near Winnipeg in 1945, and Burton and Taylor married for the first time at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montreal.

"Throughout his career Burton acted on stage in Canada in a number of productions including Camelot (1960), Hamlet (1964), and Camelot again in 1980, and he starred in a number of feature films that were either shot, or set, in Canada."

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