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Richard Burton mocked Elizabeth Taylor’s husband over the phone: ‘I’m f****** your wife’

RICHARD BURTON had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor in the Sixties, and he even mocked her husband over the phone saying: “I’m f****** your wife”, according to reports.

‘Where Eagles Dare’, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, airs on ITV 4 today. The World War 2 action film follows two members of an elite group of commandos who must infiltrate a Nazi stronghold to rescue an American officer. It was written as an original script for Richard by Alistair MacLean, who then expanded the idea into a bestselling novel. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the most famous couple in the world after meeting on the set of Hollywood epic Cleopatra and embarking on an illicit affair that captured the world’s attention. She was still married to her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher, when she began her romance with co-star Richard, who was still married to his first wife Sybil Williams. Their romance is believed to have started while they were filming the Cleopatra film in Italy in 1962, when Elizabeth was 26 and Richard was 36.

As explained in a report by Vanity Fair, Elizabeth’s husband at the time called his home to find Richard at the other end of the line. Eddie asked: “What are you doing in my house?” That’s when Richard replied: “What do you think I’m doing? I’m f****** your wife.” After filming for Cleopatra was completed, both Richard and Elizabeth divorced their partners and then tied the knot in Canada in 1964. They lived a luxurious married life together, travelling around the world and buying expensive jewellery. Richard and Elizabeth also brought their professional lives closer together, collaborating for more films. But Richard’s private diaries, which were published in 2012, revealed that by 1969 the marriage was becoming more toxic.

The writings revealed that they both consumed excessive amounts of alcohol, which led them to more and more explosive confrontations. His entry for January 1969, published in The Richard Burton Diaries, read: “For the last month, with very few exceptions, Elizabeth has gone to bed not merely sozzled or tipsy but stoned. “And I mean stoned: unfocused, unable to walk straight, talking in a slow, meaningless baby voice like a demented child. The boredom, unless I’m drunk, too, of being in the presence of someone to whom you have to repeat everything twice is like a physical pain in the stomach. “If it was anyone else, I’d head for the hills ‒ but this woman is my life.”

His diary boasted of his wife’s beauty, and Richard even discussed the couple’s sex life. In May that year, he wrote of their insatiable sex life, describing his wife as “an eternal one-night stand.” He added: “She is my private and personal bought mistress. And lascivious with it. It is impossible to tell you what is consisted in the act of love. “Well, I’ll tell you: E is a receiver, a perpetual returner of the ball!” Richard went on to detail one of their fiery rows, claiming an argument turned violent with Elizabeth “smashing me around the head with her ringed fingers”. He added: “If any man had done that, I’d have killed him. I still boil with fury when I think about it.”

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