Their relationship is the stuff of legend. One of the most famous and turbulent duos in Hollywood history, Taylor and Burton met on the set of Cleopatra in 1962 -- both were married at the time -- and launched into a passionate affair. On their first meeting on the set, Burton said "Has anyone ever told you that you're a very pretty girl?" Taylor later recalled, "I said to myself, Oy gevalt, here's the great lover, the great wit, the great intellectual of Wales, and he comes out with a line like that."
So scandalous was their union that the Vatican denounced their relationship as an affront to morality. An undaunted Taylor said of their tempestuous relationship, "If Richard and I divorce, I swear I will never marry anyone again. I love him insanely." Their first marriage would be Taylor's longest, lasting a full decade.