Thursday, June 30, 2011
RICHARD BURTON WELSH ICON GREAT STAR
Here is a wonderful period robe worn by the legendary Richard Burton in the 1956 United Artists picture “Alexander the Great”. Costumes for the film were designed by David Ffolkes.
This full-length light brown woollen robe with powder blue silk lining is adorned with embroidered aqua sunbursts and depictions of lions.
The following photos show the detail in the embroidery.
Below is the original 1956 trailer to the film. You can see the costume at 1:02 in a scene opposite Claire Bloom.
He originally worked on the stage and in cinema while in the United Kingdom.
He will be remembered for his roles in the film Cleopatra (1963) opposite Elizabeth Taylor and where they first met. Other films together included The VIPs and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other memorable film appearances include My Cousin Rachel opposite Olivia de Havilland and The Robe with Jean Simmons.
Burton had great critical success both on stage and in film.
Burton was nominated seven times for an Acadamy Award, six for best actor. He never won. He will be remembered also for the very public romance and twice marriage to Elizabeth Taylor.
Burton was married five times and he had four children.
Burton died suddenly at the age of 58 from a brain haemorrhage. He was plagued with illness issues for most of his life. At one time he was highest paid actor in Hollywood.
He will always be remembered as one of the greatest.