Liz Taylor dreamed of 'third time lucky' with Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor

The 77-year-old actress who has walked down the aisle a whopping eight times, considered the Welsh actor the love of her life and  still keeps a photo of Burton by her bedside, reported Daily Mail.

The poignant details of the legendary couple's relationship were revealed by Burton's niece, Sian Owen in an interview. "I was in America last summer and I went to see Elizabeth. In the house in Bel Air I saw pictures of Uncle Rich everywhere and it's a picture of him that's by her bed still," said Owen.

"She still says that had he lived they'd be back together once again, that it would have been third time lucky. They were mad about each other. They were soul mates. It was a great love story," added 60-year-old Owen.

The couple who were considered Hollywood royalty caused scandal when they hooked up on the sets of the film 'Cleopatra' where Taylor played the Egyptian queen and Burton was cast as Mark Antony, as they were both married during the time. They married 12 months later and stayed together for ten years. But after years of high living, and Burton's drinking and hell-raising, they divorced in 1974.

Less than a year later, they remarried but divorced once again after just 11 months.
Despite this, the pair remained close and when Burton died unexpectedly of a brain hemorrhage in 1984 aged just 58, his widow Sally banned Taylor from attending the funeral. "Even when he was married to Sally and living in Switzerland, he would talk for hours on the phone with Elizabeth," said Owen.

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