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Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West to Play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for BBC

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 12, 2013 at 2:27PM

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are on board to play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a BBC biopic titled "Burton and Taylor." The film, written by William Ivory, will focus on the story of their appearance in 1983's Broadway revival of the Noel Coward play "Private Lives"...
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Helena Bonham Carter
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Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are on board to play Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a BBC biopic titled "Burton and Taylor." The film, written by William Ivory, will focus on the story of their appearance in 1983's Broadway revival of the Noel Coward play "Private Lives," following their second divorce. The stars' highly publicized and often tumultuous romance was mirrored by the story of "Private Lives"'s divorcees.

Martin Scorsese and Paramount also have the rights to Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's book about the pair, "Furious Love." And don't forget, Lindsay Lohan starred in Lifetime's abomination "Liz and Dick."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.