ELIZABETH TAYLOR HAS ALWAYS RELISHED TIME in the spotlight, even when it shone on scandal. In 1962 she was the queen of Hollywood and the Nile too when, fresh from the filming of Cleopatra, she left one husband at home and followed a future groom to the backwater Mexican beach village of Puerto Vallarta. Her new amour, the likewise-wed Richard Burton, had played her lover, Antony, with more-than-Method conviction in the movie epic. Cinema turned to vérité before the eyes of the country as Life, Time, and other popular publications rushed reporters to cover the naughty antics in an exotic, faraway paradise.
Burton went to Puerto Vallarta at the beckoning of director John Huston, who had chosen the rustic fishing hamlet