Sally Burton

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Sally Burton (née Hay), also known as Sally Hay Burton (born 21 January 1948), is an author and theatre producer, and was the fourth and last wife of actor Richard Burton. She was born in Braintree, Essex, daughter of journalist, Jack Hay. Burton worked as a freelance production assistant on the set of the TV mini-series Wagner when Richard Burton met her. During a seven-month tour of the United States with Noël Coward's play Private Lives, in which Elizabeth Taylor was Richard Burton's co-star, Burton and Hay married on 3 July 1983 in Las Vegas; it was Burton's fifth marriage and her first. After the tour, they went to rest in Hawaii for several months before returning to their home in Céligny where Burton died on 5 August 1984; Sally Burton was then 36. Burton donated the Richard Burton Collection to Swansea University in 2005 and she received an honorary fellowship from that university in 2006. In 2005, Burton moved to Perth, Western Australia, where her brother and his family had lived for years. In 2009, she launched the Richard Burton Award for New Plays, offering a prize pool of A$30,000 for writers of unproduced scripts; this is Australia's richest prize for playwrights.

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