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Elizabeth Taylor's Secret Love Letters from Richard Burton

In Celebs by , on Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 10:55 AM (PDT)
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"Furious Love."

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were one of Hollywood's original superstar couples, combining beauty, grace, acting chops and scandalous drama. Now, Taylor herself is shedding light on their turbulent romance by sharing with the world never-before-seen love letters, including one Burton wrote just days before he died.

In the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair (on newsstands June 2nd) Taylor reveals never-published love letters from her two-time husband Richard Burton.

Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger are the authors of a new book called "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century." Somehow they managed to earn Taylor's trust and were allowed access to her most treasured memories.

In the Vanity Fair article, Kashner and Schoenberger outline the rise and fall of Taylor and Burton's relationship, and include excerpts from many of the letters published in their book.

In the letters, Burton (who often confesses he wished he had turned to writing instead of acting) discusses personal details of their relationship, the silliness of acting, the pitfalls of love and his musings on life. Readers are also entreated to Burton's genuine skill as a writer and his sense of humor -- his nicknames for Taylor included "Scrupelshrumpilstilskin" and "Twit Twaddle etc."

"Richard was magnificent in every sense of the word," Taylor says of Burton. "And in everything he ever did.... He was the kindest, funniest, and most gentle father. All my kids worshipped him. Attentive, loving--that was Richard ... from those first moments in Rome we were always madly and powerfully in love. We had more time but not enough."

The one letter not included in the book is Burton's final letter to Taylor, written just days before he died, which she says is too heartbreaking and personal to share with the world. Taylor calls it her most cherished possession and says she keeps it next to her bed every night.

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