People: Aug. 31, 1970

"For the first time in 25 years I'm seeing the world without an alcoholic haze," Richard Burton boasted last week. And all because wife Elizabeth bet her convivial Welshman that he couldn't abstain for three months. A trimmer Burton has not only won the wager (a kiss or something; he forgets), but has stretched his dry period to nearly six months. Lest his public misunderstand his sober ways, Burton begged his interviewer: "Please don't make me out to be against alcohol. I'll get all sorts of letters from the temperance people, and I certainly don't want to encourage their cause. I...

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