Richard Burton to join sidewalk of stars

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Richard Burton is to be recognised with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Welsh actor, famed for his hell-raising lifestyle and stormy romance with Elizabeth Taylor, died in 1984.

Oscar winner Kate Winslet and the star of A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell, were also chosen to be recognised on the walk of fame in Los Angeles.

Chairman of the selection committee John Pavlik said: "The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and lustre to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year, as well as to generate a once-in-a-lifetime Hollywood experience for many of the visitors who stop by when their favourite personalities are having their stars placed in the world-famous sidewalk of the stars."

Burton and Taylor's tempestuous life together is reported to be being made into a film by Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese.

Taylor, who died earlier this year aged 79 , married eight times - twice to Burton.

The couple met on the set of Cleopatra in 1962 where Taylor, then a huge star, had the title role. Burton, a Welsh miner's son then best known as a Shakespearean actor, played Mark Anthony.

They married in 1964 but divorced 10 years later after a relationship studded with violent and drink-fuelled rows that made headlines around the world.

But in October 1975 they stunned the world by marrying again in Botswana, but this time it only lasted nine months.

Burton, who was nominated for an Oscar seven times without ever winning one, said the couple lived "on the edge of an exciting volcano".

He said: "I'm not easy to be married to or live with. I exploded violently about twice a year with Elizabeth. She would also explode. It was marvellous. But it could be murder."

Other stars that will be recognised on the walk of fame include Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Batman star Adam West.