Now, the disclaimer: I am not an expert in anything Elizabeth Taylor (with the exception of her "White Diamond's" commercial) and I'm also not a fan of hers.
Elizabeth Taylor's epic "White Diamonds" commercial. I not only know what this commercial looks like, thanks to my Mom, I know the smell of the perfume. Well played, Taylor. Well played.
I think it's hard for any of us Classic Film fans to lose any of our favorites. My condolences to Elizabeth Taylor fans (as well as her family and friends who are not reading this post, but they're out there somewhere). She made some films that are essential to filmmaking and are well crafted, some of my favorites: National Velvet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? She was also in Cleopatra, which was a bomb, but a hugely expensive film and a marker in film history.
She was famous for almost her entire life, acting in films when she was 10. Known early on for her symmetrical and attractive looks, her eyes and her talent she spent her whole life in a kind of "false reality." I can't imagine living that long in the spot light, there's no wonder she was yelling "Gladiator! Gladiator!" at the Oscars as well as prancing/wheeling around Neverland Ranch with Michael Jackson.
One of my favorite Michael Jackson videos.
I know you've been waiting for me to comment about her social life. Her notorious marrying and re-marrying... stealing Debbie Reynold's husband, Eddie Fischer... but I feel like it's been said. Plus, if I'm going to talk about a lady who got around during her years in Hollywood... it's going to be Ingrid. I mean this blog isn't called "Elizabeth Taylor Life and Films," now, is it?
Seriously, you should watch Carrie Fischer's "Wishful Drinking" one woman show. Hilarious.