Tabloids weren't the only ones keeping tabs on Richard Burton's volatile relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. The Welsh actor, who died in 1984, kept a journal of his two marriages to Taylor, just published in ''The Richard Burton Diaries.'' Some highlights:
Burton and Taylor were frequent Yahtzee players. He even recorded their scores; she won more often.
After a 1967 trip to Paris, Burton bought the jet they’d flown in. ”It costs, brand new, $960,000,” he writes. ”She was not displeased.”
One moment, he calls Taylor ”an eternal one night stand.” A few months later, he writes, ”the list of her dis-loyalties would fill the yellow pages of the New York Telephone Directory.”
To apologize for peevishly calling Taylor’s hands ”large and ugly and red and masculine,” Burton bought her a 69-carat diamond ring.
While rehearsing Private Lives on Broadway in 1983, Burton found his then ex-wife ”was quite crocked … and couldn’t even read the lines let alone remember them.”