Richard Burton's first wife Sybil Christopher dies in New York aged 83
THE first wife of Port Talbot acting legend Richard Burton has died in New York.
Sybil Christopher, born Sybil Williams and from Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valley, was aged 83.
She met Burton during the production of The Last Days of Dolwyn in the late 1940s, when she was 19 and he was 23. It was her only movie appearance and Burton's first.
They married in 1949, and she ended her acting career to accompany Burton to Switzerland and then to America.
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They were divorced in 1963 after Burton's romance with Taylor, whom he met while filming Cleopatra.
Ms Christopher is survived by her two daughters with Burton, actress Kate Burton and Jessica, and another daughter, Amy, by her second husband, musician Jordan Christopher.