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2013 | 2010 | 1991

3 items from 2013


Richard Burton's Ex Dies At Age 83

13 March 2013 6:06 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York — The woman Richard Burton left to marry Elizabeth Taylor has died. Theater producer and nightclub founder Sybil Christopher was 83.

The Bay Street Theater on Long Island has posted an obituary for Christopher on its website. The New York Times has reported she died Thursday in New York City.

The Welsh-born Christopher was Sybil Burton when Richard Burton, her first husband, left her for Taylor in 1963.

She left California for New York where she opened a nightclub in 1965 with backing from famous friends like Julie Andrews and Leonard Bernstein.

The club, called Arthur, became a celebrity hangout and turned Christopher into a post-divorce success story.

She married Jordan Christopher, the lead singer of the club's house band, in 1966.

Christopher founded the Bay Street Theater in 1991 with two partners and was its artistic director for 22 years.

She is survived by three daughters, including actress Kate Burton. »

- AP

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Sybil Christopher obituary

11 March 2013 10:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Welsh-born actor and Richard Burton's first wife, she moved to the Us after their split and co-founded a famous New York disco

Sybil Christopher, who has died aged 83, was the injured party in Hollywood's most famous on- and off-screen romance, that between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during the making of Joe Mankiewicz's blockbuster epic Cleopatra (1963). Sybil Williams, as she was born, was the girl from the Welsh valleys whom Burton had married in 1949. Theirs was a tenacious and loving relationship that survived the actor's affairs with Claire Bloom and Susan Strasberg, among many others, and his hell-raising exploits.

Having ditched her own career as an actor to follow his star – and raise their two daughters – she always remained discreetly quiet about the marriage, filing for divorce in 1963 on the grounds of "abandonment and cruel and inhumane treatment". Moving to New York, she made a new career for herself on a tide of goodwill. »

- Michael Coveney

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'Wild Thing' Singer Dies At 71

5 February 2013 5:07 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

London — The structure is simple, the guitar riffs basic, the lyrics at best inane, but the Troggs' "Wild Thing" remains a garage rock classic more than 45 years after its release made The Troggs and lead singer Reg Presley international stars.

Presley, whose raunchy, suggestive voice powers this paean to teenage lust, died Monday after a year-long struggle with lung cancer that had forced him and the band into reluctant retirement, his agent Keith Altham announced on Facebook late Monday night. He was 71.

"My dear old pal Reg Presley of The Troggs died today," he said, calling Presley "one very real person in a sometimes very unreal world." He said the singer had suffered a number of strokes recently and died at his home in Andover (70 miles west of London) surrounded by his family and friends.

The Troggs, part of the British invasion spurred by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, »

- AP

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