Diaries reveal 'down to earth' side of Hollywood star
RICHARD Burton was never pompous about his huge success the editor of his diaries has said.
Welsh history professor Chris Williams has turned Burton's more than 400,000 words in pocketbooks and desk diaries into a book after they were given to Swansea University.
Burton's diaries were left to Sally Hay, who Burton married in 1983, the year before he died in Switzerland in 1984, aged 58. She gave them to Swansea University in 2005.
Professor Williams said it was one of the most rewarding research projects he had known.
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"I expected him to be a bit pompous, a bit self-important but he comes across as somebody down to earth," he said.
"He keeps pinching himself as if to say how has all of this happened to me, an ordinary boy from a mining valley in South Wales and here I am married to the world's most beautiful woman, have all this money, a yacht, an aeroplane and all of these homes around the world'?"
Burton married screen icon Elizabeth Taylor and their turbulent relationship is laid bare in the diaries to be published next month.
They were married first from 1964 to 1974 and then again from 1975 to 1976. He married five times in all.