We've been nostalgic lately, so we're excited to see Vanity Fair's July cover is a young Elizabeth Taylor. Though not yet released, the magazine promises a glimpse of the epic love letters two-time husband Richard Burton wrote from the forthcoming book Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century.
Truthfully, it's easy to forget that Elizabeth Taylor was one-half of the "marriage of the century." We know that her marriages have been many, but throughout the '60s and '70s Taylor and Burton enthralled the press and the public. Vanity Fair calls them the "super-couple who set the standard" for modern celebrities. They lived dramatically and opulently, which actually does sound more like celebrities of last century than this, which reserves adoration for celebrities that appear the most down to earth.
What remains of the romance is Burton's prolific love letters. Vanity Fair calls Burton a "gifted, lyrical, playful writer" and Taylor a captivating muse. I tracked down some of Burton's writing, and below is how he described the 19-year-old Elizabeth he first met.
"She was so extraordinarily beautiful that I nearly laughed out loud. She . . . [was] famine, fire, destruction and plague . . . the only true begetter. Her breasts were apocalyptic, they would topple empires before they withered . . . her body was a miracle of construction. . . . She was unquestionably gorgeous. She was lavish. She was a dark, unyielding largesse. She was, in short, too bloody much."
If his letters are anything like this, then I believe!