She told the chat show host about some of the leading men she had dated and known including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Dean Martin, Burt Reynolds and Richard Burton. Welch wrote of Burton (born Richard Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot): “He’s like a heat-seeking missile, a smoking hot romantic.”
Oprah Winfrey repeated the line then asked: “Who were you talking about there?”
Welch confirmed:“I was talking about Richard Burton, who I did a movie with in Budapest. He was just so charismatic and just really something.”
When Welch admitted to spending time with Burton while they filmed Bluebeard Oprah Winfrey said with raised eyebrows: “Spending time with, I love that expression.”
In 1972, Burton enjoyed a romance with the French actress Nathalie Delon on the set of Bluebeard, and there were strong rumours that
he was also bedding pin-up Raquel Welch.