‘Hedda’ star grows up

He gave me stillness and voice, sez Burton of her dad

NEW YORK — “It’s like I’m finally grown-up,” says Kate Burton, her name above the title in “Hedda Gabler” on Broadway. The actress made her professional acting debut in George C. Scott’s production of “Present Laughter” at Circle in the Square in 1982, the same season her father, Richard Burton, starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in another Noel Coward comedy, “Private Lives.”

As for Dad, Burton said he never gave her any words of advice. “His influence was by example,” the actress said at the post-perf bash at the Roosevelt Hotel. “As an actor he had this incredible stillness and, of course, a great voice. He gave me stillness and voice.” Burton’s “Gabler,” directed by Nicholas Martin, first appeared at Williamstown more than a year ago. “Kate called me and invited me up,” says Randall L. Wreghitt. “I said I’d come if I could get a ride,” says the producer. He got his ride, saw the show and immediately made plans to bring it to Gotham.

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