On the set of 1963’s Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor met Richard Burton, the man who would become the second great love of her life. (The honor of being the first goes to Mike Todd, Liz’s third husband who was killed in a plane crash in 1959…)
The pair fell in love when Taylor was married to Eddie Fisher and Burton was married to wife Sybil Williams and the affair soon became tabloid fodder. Even The Vatican condemned the once beloved child actress for her “erotic vagrancy.” After the two lovebirds divorced their respective spouses, they wed on March 15, 1964. They divorced in 1974 and remarried again in 1975 – later divorcing again the following year.
They would go on to star in 11 films together, including the 1972 film Divorce His, Divorce Hers and 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for which Taylor won one of her two Academy Awards.
Forty-one years ago Thursday, Taylor and her then-husband appeared on 60 Minutes in a playful and pointed interview about their Hollywood marriage.
“Fighting is one of the greatest exercises in marital togetherness,” Liz told interviewer Charles Collingwood back in 1970.
The famous interview lives on, thanks to 60 Minutes Rewind.