PUERTO VALLARTA, MEX­ICO

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With its beaches, gay bars and in­ex­pen­sive places to eat, this town is so much fun. A gang of us marked the 40th birth­day of an artist friend with a wild party at Casa Kim­berly, the villa – now a ho­tel – that Richard Bur­ton bought for El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor in the ’60s.

We jumped into the pool where the ac­tor Peter O’Toole re­port­edly broke his leg dur­ing a drink­ing episode. And, in a closet, we saw a bathing suit that ap­par­ently be­longed to Liz. We stared at it as if it were a sa­cred shroud.

On a cliff by Mis­maloya Beach where Bur­ton shot The Night of the Iguana, rem­nants of the set still ex­ist. The ho­tel we were stay­ing in there had creaky ceil­ing fans, rick­ety ve­ran­dahs and signed pic­tures of the film’s bril­liant di­rec­tor, John Hus­ton, on the walls. Fab­u­lous.

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