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Liz Taylor Files for Divorce

Jan. 14, 1964 - Movie star Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce today against singer Eddie Fisher to clear the decks for her marriage to Welsh actor Richard Burton. Her petition said that Fisher abandoned their home more than a year ago without starting divorce proceedings of his own. Fisher was given 20 days to answer the suit filed in the Court of First Instance in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after Miss Taylor became impatient with negotiations to work out an amicable settlement. Taylor, who plans to make Burton her fifth husband when her divorce is granted, asked only for the custody of Liza, the German girl she and Fisher adopted during their childless marriage. She sought no property settlement, saying their fortunes had not been earned jointly.

The suit was filed before Judge Arcadio Quinones, who last month granted Sybil Burton a divorce from her husband. Taylor filed under what her attorneys described as a “unique” aspect of Mexican law enabling unilateral action after a couple have been separated a year or more. Fisher is in Las Vegas singing at a nightclub. At stake for Fisher was his share of her earnings in “Cleopatra,” an arrangement made during their four years and eight months of married life. In Las Vegas tonight, Fisher said he may go to Mexico and contest the action, but he had not made up his mind. This could delay the final decree for months.


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