Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Wednesday Discussion: Death of a Screen Legend

 "I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions." Elizabeth Taylor

I was sad to hear this morning that Elizabeth Taylor had died at 79.  She'd struggled with congestive heart failure for many years and finally lost the battle.

As a 10 year old in Hollywood, her flawless beauty (violet eyes, porcelain skin and raven hair) caught the attention of talent scouts.  By age 11 (1943), she'd been signed to a long term contract with MGM that would last into the 1960's.

Ms. Taylor blossomed from a beautiful child star into a stunning leading lady by her teen years. She became an accomplished actress and two time Academy Award winner (Butterfield 8, 1960 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966), starring in comedies and dramas.

She will be remembered for her beauty, multiple marriages, jet setting lifestyle, charitable endeavors and of course her many films. 

I think my favorite film starring Elizabeth Taylor is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958.  She played a wonderful Maggie! What's your favorite Elizabeth Taylor movie?


Donea Lee said...

Ah, I know. Rest in Peace, Liz ~ she was just gorgeous in her youth. Together with a young Paul Newman? Wow. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one I enjoyed. I liked her in Taming of the Shrew also.

Myne said...

May her soul rest in peace. I loved her in Who's Afraid of VW.

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Old Kitty said...

This was such a shocker! I loved her in Giant - because it was epic and she played a young bride, a mother, then she ages and plays a fabulous matriarch!!!

Oh and Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf!!!

RIP beautiful Ms Taylor! take care

Nas said...

She was so beautiful. I always loved reading about her and watching her movies.

May her soul rest in peace.

Iris B said...

She was beautiful and talented but above all so generous later in life with her time for importantes causes like AIDS.

RIP Liz!

The Happy Whisk said...

Very pretty.

Jill Kemerer said...

Elizabeth Taylor's eyes--oh, they were unique. So beautiful. Another legend passes on...