Film star Elizabeth Taylor invites her ex-husband - twice over - Richard Burton to her fiftieth birthday party where, as a recovering alcoholic, he refuses to get drunk with her. He does however consider her suggestion that they star in a stage revival of the play 'Private Lives'. As they announce the project the press speculate on a romantic reconciliation. With a new girlfriend and the prospect of playing king Lear Burton is not happy with the project, especially with Taylor's pill-popping and her lack of stage experience, which causes problems at rehearsal. The play opens to a critical trashing but is popular with audiences, chiefly, again to Burton's chagrin, because they want to see Taylor and, when she is ill, numbers dwindle and the show is put on hold. After a two month run , with a projected tour, the curtain comes down and Taylor tells Burton she has always loved him and still does. A year later however his old life-style catches up with him and he is dead.
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, a veteran character actor and an old friend of Burton, described West's performance as "hopeless", saying he "wasn't tough enough, he wasn't dangerous enough, he wasn't Welsh enough". However, he appreciated Bonham-Carter's performance, saying she was "brilliant, absolutely brilliant" because she "got the spirit of her and sounded like her". See more
Elizabeth Taylor's "beauty spot" was on the right side of her face, whereas on Helena Bonham Carter
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[in a car after her nervous breakdown
What did he say? Did he ask if I was alright?
He didn't say much. But I told him, I think it's disgusting the way he treats you.
You said what?
[the car stops
Get out... I said GET OUT. GET OUT! Get the fuck outta here!
[ushers her out of the car, then buries her head in her hands, sobbing
[Chen re-enters the car, and Elizabeth cries into her lap
Love to Love You Baby
Written by Pete Bellotte
, Giorgio Moroder
, and Donna Summer
Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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