NEW YORK (Jun. 27)
A spokesman for Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Richard Burton confirmed yesterday reports that they had cancelled plans to attend the July Moscow Film Festival because of opposition to the Soviet diplomatic offensive against Israel. Tony Curtis, another film star, also dropped plans to attend the July 9-20 festival for the same reason.
Miss Taylor is a convert to Judaism and Mr. Curtis is Jewish. Several years ago Miss Taylor’s films were barred from Arab countries because of her work for the sale of Israel bonds.
(The Algerian Government blacklisted yesterday several American films and film performers for supporting Israel. Among those blacklisted were Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Juliette Greco, Sophia Loren, Yves Montand and Paul Newman. Blacklisted films included “The Ten Commandments,” “Ben Hur,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” and “Cleopatra.”)