By Joseph Martinez -
Richard Burton was honored posthumously today, March 1, 2013, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame. Burton’s star was placed next to the star of Elizabeth Taylor. The event was attended by Daughters Kate and Maria Burton as well as Guest speakers, Lord Rowe Beddoe and actor Michael Sheen. This star marks the 2,491st Star on the Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures and is located at 6336 Hollywood Boulevard.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the ones responsible for the event, announced, “We are thrilled that the late, great actor Richard Burton will be honored with his star on the Walk of Fame. We are also happy to announce that his star will be next to the star of Elizabeth Taylor,” stated Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “What makes this day even more special is that St. David, the patron saint of Wales is also celebrated on the very date of Mr. Burton’s star ceremony,” added Gubler.
The ceremony is part of celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Burton and Taylor in their first on-screen feature. The Academy Award®-winning film was released by 20th Century Fox in 1963 and will be available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Richard Walter Jenkins, better known as Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award - for My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Robe (1953), Becket (1964), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Equus (1977) - six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role, without ever winning. He was a recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony Awards for Best Actor.
Although never trained as an actor, Burton was, at one time, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. He remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor; the couple's turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news. Widely accepted as one of the greatest actors of his generation, he was famously married twice to two-time Oscar®-winner Elizabeth Taylor. (photo: The Hollywood Archive)
See an entire gallery of images of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at The Hollywood Archive