Burton's niece, Sian Owen, revealed that the 77-year-old Taylor was still very much in love with Burton. "I was in America last summer and I went to see Elizabeth. In the house in Bel Air I saw pictures of Uncle Rich everywhere and it's a picture of uncle Rich that's by her bed still," the Telegraph quoted Owen as saying.
"She still says that had he lived that they'd be back together once again – that it would have been third time lucky. They were mad about each other. "She believes that in the last years in their lives when everything had been toned down with the drinking and everything else, she believes that they''d be together. She's certain of that, they were soul mates," Owen added.
Burton and Taylor had come close during the making of 1963 film Cleopatra, only to be married a year later. Their marital life lasted for 10 years, when Burton"s drinking habit became the reason for their divorce in 1974. However, the pair remarried in October 1975 but split up within 11 months. The two still remained close notwithstanding, their second divorce.
Speaking about Burton"s wife Sally and his relationship with Taylor, Owen said: "Even when he was married to Sally and living in Switzerland, he would talk for hours on the phone with Elizabeth. I would say to Sally that I would never put up with that but she didn't have much choice."