Pic­ture: Marie Nirme/The Aus­tralian STAGE SET FOR GRAND EXIT


Midland Reporter - - Residential -

TWELVE years in and Sally Bur­ton has de­cided to end her WA so­journ. Since leav­ing Lon­don in 2005 to join her brother in WA, the per­form­ing arts pa­tron and widow of Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Richard Bur­ton has lived a life away from the pub­lic eye as much as pos­si­ble.

But the fact the 69-year-old man­ages her late hus­band’s es­tate was al­ways go­ing to mean she could never truly es­cape his legacy, from her role in the pub­li­ca­tion of Bur­ton’s diaries in 2012 to the con­stant re­hash­ing of the two mar­riages and tor­rid re­la­tion­ship he shared with the late El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor.

Last week, Mrs Bur­ton put up her Su­bi­aco home for sale and its set­tle­ment will sig­nal the start of her next, hope­fully qui­eter, chap­ter back in Old Blighty. “It’s just time to move on,” she said. “I am re­turn­ing to the UK though not to Lon­don; I am look­ing at buy­ing in Suf­folk, which is a beau­ti­ful county I know well.

“I will not miss the house (in Su­bi­aco) as I have an ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity to love and trea­sure my houses and then when it is time to leave, I sim­ply seem to close down and look to the fu­ture.

“If only I could have done that with re­la­tion­ships of the hu­man kind.”

She leaves be­hind a raft of ac­com­plish­ments, in­clud­ing the­atre com­pany On­ward Pro­duc­tion, which she launched in July 2009, and sev­eral phil­an­thropic hon­ours bear­ing her name.

Mrs Bur­ton said she was look­ing for­ward to wear­ing her cash­mere and fur coats when she faced her first frosty Jan­uary morn­ing next year.

“Of course I will miss the sun­shine and hot weather,” she said.

“I will also miss the food scene in Perth, which has come leaps and bounds since I ar­rived 12 years ago.

“The mem­ory of Wild­flower (at Como The Trea­sury), which to my mind is the best restau­rant in Perth, will linger long.”

All of­fers for the home, listed by William Por­te­ous Prop­er­ties In­ter­na­tional, will be pre­sented to Mrs Bur­ton on Au­gust 28 at 5pm un­less sold prior.

See com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au for more.

Sally Bur­ton in her Su­bi­aco home.

Of­fers will be pre­sented on Au­gust 28.

The sump­tu­ous li­brary.

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