Film stars Richard Burton and his ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor were mobbed by hundreds of tourists and newsmen on Thursday (28 August) during a visit to Jerusalem's most sacred Judaism shrine ...
Film stars Richard Burton and his ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor were mobbed by hundreds of tourists and newsmen on Thursday (28 August) during a visit to Jerusalem's most sacred Judaism shrine ... the Wailing Wall.
The couple were pushed and shoved as they drew up at the Wall ... the western side of the temple of which lies in the Old City.
Burton, aged 49, was led towards the men's section, and Miss Taylor, a Jewish convert since her marriage to Eddie Fisher, was almost carried in the crush through the women's entrance. Women are forbidden under the Hewish Orthodox religion to go to the wall proper.
Tourists, local people, and dozens of television crewmen went through with her and the meticulously preserved sanctity of the shrine was abandoned.
The couple arrived in Jerusalem on Wednesday (27 August) to inspect sites for the film "Abakarov" which the Welshborn Burton is due to make there in October.
They announced their surprise reconciliation after a 14 month separation which hit the world's headlines, in Geneva last week. Burton declined to answer questions about the reconciliation, replying "I don't think it's anybody's business except ours".
Miss Taylor later complained at a press conference that she had almost been knocked to the ground during her visit to the wall by press photographers who had desecrated the sanctity of the place.
She said: "An avalanche of idiots" had prevented her from seeing the wall properly and had offended worshippers.