Suzy Miller

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Susan "Suzy" Miller (married name Susan Hunt) (born 19 May 1949) is a British model, actress, dancer, and choreographer.[1] She has acted in several films such as Twenty Nine (1969) and The Wild Geese (1978).[2] Miller gained notoriety for being married to Formula 1 race driver James Hunt (in 1974), and leaving him for Richard Burton in 1976.[1]


Miller grew up in Southern Rhodesia (modern Zimbabwe) with her parents, a twin sister and a brother. By the age of 24, she was a successful fashion model in Britain,[3] she was known for being one of the "beautiful people" and for getting whatever she wanted easily.[4] In 1974, she met Hunt in Spain, he proposed to her only weeks later, and they were married the same year.[3][5][6] The wedding, which took place in Kensington, was considered the "society wedding of the year",[6] and the couple were considered "one of the sporting world's most happily married couples."[7]

The couple spent their honeymoon in Antigua with one of Hunt's close friends, also newly married, and then settled in Spain for tax reasons.[5][6] Later, Miller described feeling that Hunt's career came ahead of everything else in his life,[8] he was also frequently unfaithful and the marriage foundered.[9]

In December 1975, Burton met Miller at a Swiss ski resort and invited her to return to New York with him,[1] their relationship developed quickly and Burton left Elizabeth Taylor for Miller. Burton allegedly paid Hunt $1 million as part of the divorce settlement between Hunt and Miller.[1][10]

Miller claimed that part of the reason she initially became involved with Burton was so that she could make Hunt jealous.[8] Miller divorced Hunt in Haiti in June 1976.[9] After her divorce from Hunt, she and Burton had a honeymoon of sorts,[11] and were married in August 1976 in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A.[3][12] During their marriage, Miller was reported to be jealous of Burton's ex-wife Taylor;[13] the marriage between Burton and Miller ended in their 1982 divorce, which was settled in Haiti.[14]

Miller married a third time, to American millionaire Jack Cawood, a real estate developer in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the couple moved to the United States.[3][15]

Ron Howard's 2013 film, Rush recounts the intrigues surrounding her former husband, Hunt, and the role of Miller is played by Olivia Wilde.[1] At the time, it was reported that Miller was living on the Spanish island of Ibiza.[1]


Acting roles[edit]

  • Twenty Nine (1969) - as Pricilla
  • The Wild Geese (1978) - as Egyptian girl


  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Woman Who Got Between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton". 18 September 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Susan Hunt". IMDb., Inc. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Cashmore, Ellis (2016). Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-62892-070-3.
  4. ^ Gardner, Marilyn; Gardener, Hy (1 June 1977). "Burton, Taylor Seem Happy With New Spouses". The Oil City Derrick. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via
  5. ^ a b "Racer's Wife Knows He's Boss". The Daily Courier. 27 September 1975. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via
  6. ^ a b c "Turbo charged by lust: How Formula One womaniser James Hunt slept with 33 BA stewardesses before race that made him world champ". Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  7. ^ "Burton's New Bride-To-Be". Independent Press-Telegram. 25 April 1976. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via
  8. ^ a b "The Wife Who Loved & Lost". Oakland Tribune. 16 January 1977. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ a b "Between Love and Haiti". Caribbean World. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Rush only hints at race-car driver James Hunt's exploits - New York Post". New York Post. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Jack (10 September 1976). "Voice of Broadway". Anderson Daily Bulletin. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via
  12. ^ Eisenberg, Dennis (13 March 1978). "Burton Without Booze". The Ottawa Journal. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via
  13. ^ "Walter Scott's Personality Parade". The San Bernardino County Sun. 5 October 1980. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via
  14. ^ "Richard Burton and the wife he 'bought' for a million dollars". walesonline. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-07-05.

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