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Flashback Video: Lauren Bacall candidly talks about Richard Burton and his extravagant lifestyle

This video popped up as a suggestion for me to watch on YouTube so I watched! Not what I expected as Lauren Bacall shares her thoughts on Richard Burton who she and then-husband Humphrey Bogart knew pre-movie stardom. Bacall remained very close to Burton’s first wife, Sybil Christopher, who he famously left for Elizabeth Taylor. Bacall thought the yachts and diamonds and jet-set life he enjoyed with Taylor through the 60s was ‘totally obscene.’ She said: ‘Richard was interested in a lot of superficial stuff that didn’t have a lot to do with human beings – it had to do with things and possessions and position. I find that anyone who lives like that is … not living . … People starving all over the world, who the hell lives like that? I just think it’s revolting.’ She added: ‘I don’t think Richard was capable of giving other things. That I feel finally was the problem. I don’t think he understood what friendship was about or love or care really was about.’

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  1. Loved it. Great little nugget.

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