Thursday, June 6, 2013

Helena Bonham Carter goes glam to play Elizabeth Taylor (NEW STRAITS TIMES)

British actors Helena Bonham Carter (R) and Dominic West are pictured in this undated handout photo released by BBC. Carter and West play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, respectively, in BBC's production "Burton and Taylor", a TV movie that will explore Taylor's tempestuous relationship with actor Burton which captivated audiences and headlines. REUTERS/BBC/Gustavo Papaleo/Handout via Reuters

The first photograph of Bonham Carter as Taylor and British actor Dominic West as Burton was released by BBC on Wednesday, ahead of the premiere of “Burton and Taylor” on BBC America in fall this year.

The film’s central focus will be on Taylor and Burton’s appearance as co-stars in a 1983 Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s 1930 risque comedy play “Private Lives.”      In the play, which brought Taylor and Burton together seven years after their second divorce from each other, the former couple portrayed a man and woman having an affair while married to other people.

Taylor, who died from heart failure in 2011 aged 79, became one of the most recognisable Hollywood actresses in the 1950s, famed for her beauty and violet eyes. She was married eight times, twice to Burton.

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