Burton was drunk but mannerly, polite and charming. She had strange, purple eyes and looked like she could have been very beautiful were she not drunk beyond her limits-—a staggering gait takes the bloom off beauty. She had a mean streak that was conspicuous, whereas he came across as kind. This was very close to 35 years ago.
Still, she is an example of how the old movie stars were so much more beautiful than the ones now. This of how beautiful she was in the movie where Montgomery Clift (understandably) kills Shelley Winters to be with her. Or the one where she wears the white bathing suit on the beach. They don’t make them like that anymore. Or like Ava Gardner or Rita Hayworth or Veronica Lake. In movies where a modern actress imitates an old star, invariably you feel, ‘not even close.’ Why is that?
Richard always seemed very magnetic to me. They say she was the ruin of him.
He really did have an amazing talent and charisma and she, in her day, was breathtaking. I knew someone who went to a Hollywood premier and he said with a room full of gorgeous women, he couldn’t take his eyes off of Liz.
A woman I know whose whole family is in the movie business said that most of those people are unhappy.