Divorce His (February 6, 1973) - His Story

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Richard Burton in Divorce His
 

Released on February 6, 1973: A British man visits his estranged wife on a business trip to Rome, and recalls the events of his failing marriage as he struggles to repair the damage.

Produced by John Heyman

Directed by Waris Hussein

The Actors: Richard Burton (Martin Reynolds), Elizabeth Taylor (Jane Reynolds), Carrie Nye (Diana Proctor), Barry Foster (Donald Trenton), Gabriele Ferzetti (Turi Livicci), Daniela Surina (Franca), Thomas Baptiste (the Minister), Ronald Radd (Angus McIntyre), Rudolph Walker (Kaduna), Mark Colleano (Tommy Reynolds), Rosalyn Landor (Peggy Reynolds), Eva Griffith (Judith Reynolds), Marietta Meade (Gina), Maximilian Bartel (the butler)

 

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Richard Burton's Greatest Scene

Richard Burton's greatest scene was, in my humble opinion, played out at the Westbury Hotel bar in Toronto, Canada in 1978, with no cameras rolling and no witnesses save the customers in the bar and the man he was enjoying the evening with. Fortunately for us, the man with Richard Burton in that bar is a Canadian director and screenwriter that I have the honor of knowing and exchanging email with from time to time, Rex Bromfield, a long time friend of Richard Burton. One evening Mr. Burton wanted to kick back with Rex Bromfield and relax with a couple of adult beverages in a local bar, an 'out of the way' place where they might not be hassled by fans. It seems that it was not uncommon for men to try to pick a fight with Mr. Burton, probably to impress the women who were mooning over him. Rex thought that this was 'weird,' but sure enough, as they were enjoying the evening a well-dressed drunk staggered over to their table and exclaimed in a loud voice, "You're not such a big man." He made fists and said, "Come on, let's go."

Richard Burton and Rex Bromfield stood up and Rex quickly moved between the two men to protect Burton, but Burton pushed Bromfield gently aside and faced his would-be attacker. I now quote Rex Bromfield's note to me about this incident: "Richard pushed me gently aside and went into a performance that floored me and everyone else in the place. It wasn't long but it was brilliant. Instead of belittling the guy, Richard flattered him in such a back handed way that it went right over his head and connected with everyone else in the room. It was a thing to behold. Just like something out of the movies, only better. He'd obviously confronted this situation many times before. I think the traffic down in the street even stopped. The guy was amazing. It was a sad day at the airport when he left. Richard Burton was a great man, even more so in real life than on the screen - and that's saying something."

In this two part made for television story we watch Richard Burton as Martin Reynolds, a busy businessman who is in a struggling marriage with his wife, played by his real wife at the time, Elizabeth Taylor. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Elizabeth Taylor in 1973
Elizabeth Taylor in 1973
Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Barry Foster
Barry Foster
Daniela Surina
Daniela Surina
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor in Divorce His
Elizabeth Taylor in Divorce His
Elizabeth Taylor with her hair down
Elizabeth Taylor with her hair down
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Eva Griffith
Eva Griffith
Eva Griffith and Daniela Surina
Eva Griffith and Daniela Surina
Marietta Meade
Marietta Meade
Marietta Meade and Mark Colleano
Marietta Meade and Mark Colleano
Mark Colleano
Mark Colleano
Mark Colleano and Marietta Meade
Mark Colleano and Marietta Meade
Mark Colleano
Mark Colleano
Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Richard Burton and Barry Foster
Richard Burton and Barry Foster
Richard Burton and Carrie Nye
Richard Burton and Carrie Nye
Richard Burton greets Mark Colleano
Richard Burton greets Mark Colleano
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor kiss passionately
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor kiss passionately
Ronald Radd
Ronald Radd
Thomas Baptiste
Thomas Baptiste