Vintage Scandal: Peter O’Toole had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor, apparently


Part of me is disturbed by the idea that as soon as one famous hellraiser has passed on, the tabloids become absolutely giddy with long-forgotten vintage scandals. But another part of me enjoys the vintage scandals, because vintage scandals were always more exciting than present-day ones, for the most part. The gist of this story is that at some point (Radar doesn’t specify WHEN), Peter O’Toole had a torrid affair with his best friend’s girl, Elizabeth Taylor. For a while, Peter, Richard Burton and Elizabeth were inseparable – Burton and O’Toole were drinking buddies and theatre buddies and they just adored each other, and Elizabeth tried to keep up. So… would O’Toole bang his best friend’s girl?

Peter O’Toole took the sizzling secret illicit affair he had with the legendary Elizabeth Taylor to his grave, guarding the news of their steamy relationship to the end.

“Peter had long harbored lust for Liz,” a source told The National Enquirer about the late actor, who passed away over the weekend at age 81, and his on-screen leading lady, who died in 2011 at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure.

“There was always a friendly competition between Peter and Richard [Burton],” said the source about her late husband who passed away in 1984.

“When it came to Liz, the competition was fierce, but well-hidden. And after Peter achieved his secret dream of seducing Liz, he was overwhelmed with shame and guilt.”

For more exclusive details about the steamy affair and to learn why they never revealed what happened pick up the latest issue of The National Enquirer on newsstand Thursday.

[From Radar]

I’ve read Furious Love, and from what I remember, Elizabeth wasn’t really fooling around on Burton during their first marriage. I just don’t think that if this affair happened, it happened in the 60s. Now, it could have totally happened in the 1970s or 80s. My guess is probably in 1970s, as Taylor-Burton were falling apart or after they had split for the first time. And if Elizabeth got some saucy O’Toole back in 1970s, good for her. God, he was good looking. Imagine going from Burton to O’Toole… damn. And we already know that she had a life-long affection for Irishmen, right?



Photos courtesy of production stills, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. tiki says:

    looks like there was a randy message in peter’s name. peter. o’toole. methinks liz sampled peter’s o’toole and o’toole’s peter. lucky liz.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Ha ha ha! Clever Tiki!

      I agree. I don’t think Liz and Dick’s love was exclusive and they spent a lot of time apart (emotionally) even when they were together. Not hard to imagine Mr O’Toole would have been a convenient shoulder to cry on. Things happen. Liz had no regrets in life. Unlike a lot of stars today, they knew how to keep their traps shut and their affairs secret.

  2. GeeMoney says:

    I have a list for Hollywood… who didn’t have an affair with (insert star’s name) in La La Land?

    Elizabeth Taylor must have had gold in her crotch or something… man. Men just seem to love her.

  3. Decloo says:

    My God, that last photo of O’Toole is awful! I hope I never see it again. He looks like some kind of homeless loonie with rotten teeth. Out of all the luscious photos of this handsome man why would you choose to use that one?

  4. Lady Satan says:

    Can you blame her? Those looks, that charm? Give me a time machine, I wouldn’t mind giving it a go myself! ;)

  5. Relli says:


    What an awesome CB Christmas gift, I miss these. I have been spending a lot of time watching that old E! program Mysterious and Scandals on YouTube and goodness some of these celebrities today have got nothign on yesterday’s stars.

  6. lunchcoma says:

    I’m not surprised. I mean, wouldn’t you, if you were either of them?

  7. EscapedConvent says:

    This seems to be the week for people to announce that they had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Makes me feel kind of left out.

  8. boredsuburbanhousewife says:

    I love Peter O’Toole but I am also a great admirer of his Welsh actress and long suffering wife Sian Phillips. Her performance as Livia in I Claudius was one of the most amazing I have ever seen. She wrote a memoir a few years back I have been meaning to read — maybe she dishes on possible affairs, as I recall she discusses “O’Toole” as she always called him in some detail.
    Apparently he did not want her working, he wanted her home and taking care of him and the kids.

  9. yennefer says:

    Well, hoes before bros, isn’t it?

    And I love me some black&white scandals. They seem more vivid than coloured ones.

  10. Christin says:

    Old school stars had colorful lives. I keep running across tidbits about so many of them.

    Liz married four different men and had three kids in the 1950s decade alone. Who knows how many affairs she had. She once said that she tended to marry her lovers. That was apparently her idea of being traditional.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      She said on Barbara Walters that if she wanted to sleep with someone, she married them. And that if she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t have married so many times. I think she probably would’ve only married Richard Burton and Michael Todd, if she had been young today. She also said that every man she had after Richard were just there to hold her hand.

      But we can’t blame her for the first marriage–she married Nicky Hilton and six weeks after the wedding he was ‘off the wagon’ and was abusing her. I can’t imagine being eighteen, not knowing anything about life–she said that she grew up on the Hollywood sets, and that she did her school work by herself–she never really got to be a kid or hang out with any kids her age. I feel for her, on that one.

    • ya says:

      I think many contemporary stars live colourful lives too…… many celebrities were narcissistic, self-centred and entitled enough to do whatever they felt like doing both then and now, no matter how crazy. But back then, with no internet, there was a distance between the public and celebrities that made it easier to put them on a pedestal.

  11. Tig says:

    The book Furious Love is so good, but that was textbook “can’t live with ‘em, can’t live w/I ‘em”- the recent BBC movie of Burton/Taylor doing “Private Lives” captures it so well.

    I am sure Peter O’Toole would have loved nothing better than to have slept with Liz/ if for no other reason than the fact Richard Burton did! They were both brillant in Beckett.

  12. Sapphire says:

    Lucky Elizabeth! At his peak, there’s nothing I would like better. Current dong just doesn’t measure up.