Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Richard Burton's ex-wife dies at 83

Sybil Williams Burton and her then-husband, actor Richard Burton, pose for a photo at Victoria Station in London (AP)

Theatre producer and nightclub founder Sybil Christopher, the woman Richard Burton left to marry Elizabeth Taylor, has died at 83.

Welsh-born Ms Christopher was Sybil Burton when Burton, her first husband, left her for Taylor in 1963.

She left California for New York where she opened a nightclub in 1965 with backing from famous friends like Julie Andrews and Leonard Bernstein.

The club, called Arthur, became a celebrity hangout and turned Ms Christopher into a post-divorce success story.

She married Jordan Christopher, the lead singer of the club's house band, in 1966.

Ms Christopher founded the Bay Street Theatre in 1991 with two partners and was its artistic director for 22 years.

She is survived by three daughters, including actress Kate Burton.

The Bay Street Theatre on Long Island has posted an obituary for Ms Christopher on its website.

The New York Times reported she died last Thursday in New York City.

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