Imagine paying a million dollars to star in a movie with Clint Eastwood, but to get the job done you either have to leave your dogs behind or quarantine them if they travel with you.
What would you do? Well Richard Burton probably chose a different option than the rest of us.
The Wales-born star was cast in Where Eagles Dare, which was set to be shot in London.
In 1968, regulations meant that animals traveling to the UK from abroad had to be quarantined for six months to ensure they were not infected with rabies.
So Richard and his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor devised a way to defraud the system. They rented a luxury yacht – because there were no rules that said animals weren’t allowed to stay in British waters.
The couple’s four dogs, consisting of two Pekingese and two Yorkshire Terriers named Cuthbert, Georgia, Oh Fi and E’en So, set sail on a 200-ton, 120-foot Bolivian yacht named Beatriz from Calais.
Burton rented the luxury yacht from the wealthy Patino family of Bolivia for $ 2,400 a week.
The luxury yacht lay at Tower Pier on the Thames for two months.
While the couple stayed at the nearby Dorchester Hotel, their dog’s bizarre quarantine is said to have cost them a total of around $ 20,000 at the time.
However, it is estimated that it would have cost around $ 140,000 if they had done that today.
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