Fox Sponsors Richard Burton’s Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame14 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Feb. 14 said it is co-sponsoring a tribute to the late Richard Burton with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame March 1.
Burton, who died in 1984 at the age of 58, will have his star placed next to Elizabeth Taylor’s (who died in 2011) — honoring one of the most famous theatrical relationships and love stories.
The ceremony is part of celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Burton and Taylor in their first on-screen feature.
The Academy Award-winning film was released by Fox in 1963 and will be available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time later this year from the studio.
“Richard Burton remains one of the greatest actors of his generation whose iconic voice, rugged good looks and talent knew no bounds,” Mary Daily, president of worldwide marketing and chief marketing officer at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, said in a statement. “From My Cousin Rachel, which cemented Burton as a Hollywood leading man, to The Robe and Cleopatra, Burton is an integral part of the 20th Century Fox legacy and we look forward to celebrating his contribution to stage and film with the country of Wales and the rest of the world.”
Welsh business academic professor Dylan Jones-Evans has led the campaign on behalf of the Western Mail, the national newspaper of Wales, to secure Burton’s star.