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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra in Burton glimpse into the complexitites of Burton's relationship with Taylor. Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Richard Burton apparently rented three suites when they checked into hotels—one above and another. Their on-screen relationship soon flourished off-screen, and it became one that was both Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra.
She had completed only two weeks of filming in Marchwhen Todd was killed in a plane crash. The strategy worked, as the film became a financial success.
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The studio publicly blamed Taylor for the production's troubles and unsuccessfully sued Burton and Taylor for allegedly damaging the film with their behavior. In the meantime, film producers were eager to profit from the scandal surrounding Taylor and Burton, and they next starred together in Anthony Asquith 's The V. Released soon after Cleopatra, it became a box-office success.
In order to convincingly play year-old Martha, Taylor gained weight, wore a wig, and used make-up to make herself look old and tired — in stark contrast to her public image as a glamorous film star. InTaylor and Burton also performed Doctor Faustus for a week in Oxford to benefit the Oxford University Dramatic Society ; he starred and she appeared in her first stage role as Helen of Troya part which required no speaking.
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It was a drama about a repressed homosexual and his unfaithful wife, and was originally slated to co-star Taylor's old friend Montgomery Clift. His career had been in decline for several years due to his substance-abuse problems, but Taylor was determined to secure his involvement in the project, even offering to pay for his insurance.
She had gained weight, was nearing middle age, and did not fit in with New Hollywood stars such as Jane Fonda and Julie Christie.
She then appeared with Burton in the Dylan Thomas adaptation Under Milk Wood ; although her role was small, its producers decided to give her top-billing to profit from her fame. Although it was overall not successful,  Taylor received some good reviews, with Vincent Canby of The New York Times writing that she has "a certain vulgar, ratty charm",  and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times stating, "The spectacle of Elizabeth Taylor growing older and more beautiful continues to amaze the population".
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Inshe participated in the Soviet-American fantasy film The Blue Birda critical and box-office failure, and had a small role in the television film Victory at Entebbeand inshe sang in the critically panned film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim 's A Little Night Music There's some acting in it, as well as some personal display.
At his first meeting with Taylor, Burton turned up drunk.
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He could barely walk. His hands shook as he tried to sip hot coffee from a cup. Seeing his difficulty, Taylor helped by holding the cup to his lips. She later claimed that in that one simple gesture, a bond was forged between them, and that she found in Burton the same qualities she had loved in her third husband, millionaire producer Mike Todd, who was killed in a plane crash: As the bitter, erudite couple, George and Martha, who spend the evening trading vicious insults in front of their horrified and fascinated guests, their performances seemed uncomfortably close to their own lives.
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Burton was nominated but did not win — one of seven nominations that failed to bring him an Oscar. Less than 16 months later, they were remarried, but it lasted only a matter of months before they separated again and there was a second divorce.
Inwhen Taylor and Burton announced their plan to co-star in a stage revival of Private Lives, both were involved with other people. Burton was with the television production assistant Sally Hay, and Taylor with a Mexican lawyer, Victor Luna — but neither was legally attached, which hugely increased media speculation that they might marry for the third time.
The theme of Private Lives — the reunion of divorced partners — added to this impression. The reviews were devastating. Backstage, Burton seemed depressed and anxious.