Elizabeth Taylor releases love letters from Burton

Tue Jun 1, 2010 4:11pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Elizabeth Taylor has made public for the first time her love letters from Richard Burton, giving new insight into a passionate, playful but turbulent romance that spanned 20 years and two marriages.

But Taylor is keeping one letter private, according to Vanity Fair magazine in an article in its July edition.

It was written by Burton just days before his death in Switzerland in 1984 of a brain hemorrhage and reached the actress in California after she returned from his memorial service.

Burton wanted to come home to her, Vanity Fair said, after Taylor read the letter she keeps in her bedside drawer to the magazine's contributing editor Sam Kashner and to Nancy Schoenberger.

Taylor, 78, decided to share the bulk of the letters with Kashner and Schoenberger for their book "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century".

Burton playfully calls Taylor "Twit Twaddle", addresses her as "My Lumps" and sometimes signed his letters "Husbs."

"If you leave me, I shall have to kill myself. There is no life without you," he wrote in one early letter.

"Richard was magnificent in every sense of the word," Taylor, the eight-times married actress, told Kashner and Schoenberger.

"And in everything he ever did.... He was the kindest, funniest, and most gentle father. All my kids worshiped him. Attentive, loving -- that was Richard -- from those first moments in Rome we were always madly and powerfully in love. We had more time but not enough," she said.   Continued...