Tributes to Richard Burton's first wife Sybil Christopher

Welsh icon Richard Burton and his first wife Sybil are pictured in 1955. Credit: PA

Sybil Christopher, the first wife of Richard Burton, has died at the age of 83.

The couple had two daughters together, before they divorced and he married Elizabeth Taylor for the first time.

She moved to New York, where she founded the New Theatre, and opened the iconic club Arthur, which welcomed some of the world's most glamorous celebrities in the 1960s.

Bay Street Theatre, which she also founded, says she was its "heart and soul", and its "thoughts are with her family that she loved dearly."

The Alec Baldwin Foundation described her as "a joy to work for and to be around."