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About this site

Once Richard Burton realized his great ability to act he relentlessly exercised his talents in the mediums of stage, screen, television, radio and commercial recordings. This website is the definitive collation of the body of his work and is The Official Richard Burton Website as commissioned by Onward Productions.

This website is a continual work in progress, and while every effort has been made to ensure the details and facts contained on this website are correct, you may e-mail your comments, suggestions and further information using the response form below.

Further Reading

To supplement the information contained in this website you may wish to read the following publications.

Rich. The Life of Richard Burton

ISBN 0 340 50043 3

A Portrait of Richard Burton

ISBN 0 297 78565 6

Richard Burton

ISBN 0 698 111060

Burton: The Man Behind the Myth

ISBN 0 312 10880X

Richard Burton Very Close Up

ISBN 0 13 780905 5

Burton

ISBN 0 399 13093 4

And God Created Burton

ISBN 095656562X

Written Works

Becket

During the filming of Becket, Burton took time out to write an article about Becket for an American magazine.

A Christmas Story

Burton wrote the autobiographical story and then narrated it for BBC radio on Christmas day 1965. The story was published by Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 512466

Portrait of a Man Drowning

A poem written by Burton.

The Notebooks

In his own clever words Burton wrote fluidly about his daily life and the lives of those in his personal, professional world. He began his Notebooks in 1966 and continued, albeit with some pauses, until his death in 1984. The Notebooks are fascinating for their wit and frankness, and for the depths they reveal about a miner's son from the Welsh valleys who becomes a successful actor and narrator on the world's stage. The Notebooks remain unpublished in their entirety.

Meeting Mrs Jenkins

In this short article, Burton wrote of his initial meeting and relationship with Elizabeth Taylor.

Look

Burton spent time crafting an article on Wales for Look magazine.

Vogue

British Vogue commissioned Burton to write two articles. One entitled 'My Day' and the other 'Travelling with Elizabeth'. Both were published in separate editions of the magazine in 1971.

New York Times

While filming A Walk with Destiny, Burton wrote an article for the New York Times stating clearly his views on Churchill. He is bold and unsparing with his hatred and criticism of the politician.

Lament For A Dead Welshman

When Burton’s close friend Stanley Baker died, he was so devastated that he was compelled to write an article on the fellow actor. While the article was not commissioned, it was published in The Observer newspaper.

The Observer

Burton wrote a number of articles for The Observer – including Lament For A Dead Welshman, his contacts at the newspaper were Richard Findlater and Donald Trelford.

Acknowledgements

In creating this website a number of organizations provided helpful assistance and require grateful thanks.

BBC Written Archives

Caversham Park
Reading
Berkshire
RG4 8TZ, UK
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Theatre Collection

University of Bristol
21 Park Row
Bristol
BS1 5LY, UK
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The British Library

96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB, UK
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The Shakespeare Centre

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6QW, UK
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The Old Vic

The Cut
London
SE1 8NB, UK
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National Media Museum

Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 1NQ, UK
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Rex Features

18 Vine Hill
London
EC1R 5DZ, UK
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Scope Features

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Hatton Garden
London
EC1N 8UH, UK
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