PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
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.