Elizabeth Taylor has died of congestive heart failure, and America is remembering her today. Her glamour, her talent, and her involvement in Aids research have all been discussed. Many in the Tri-Cities and Southwest Virginia may remember when Elizabeth Taylor, then married to soon-to-be Senator John Warner, campaigned in this area in 1978. Mrs. Taylor had a dangerous brush with death while visiting our region.
People fell in love with her
Residents across the region were smitten with Elizabeth Taylor Warner as she made stops at Emory and Henry College, Big Stone Gap, and other places across the region. However, at one dinner on the campaign trail, she choked on a chicken bone. It was very serious and she was in grave danger until someone performed emergency procedures. There has been much said over the years about the incident, particularly on Saturday Night Live.
People Magazine places the dinner in Big Stone Gap, Va, but this writer remembers it as taking place at Emory and Henry College, where I was headed the following fall. Emory, Virginia, is only a 25 miniute drive from Bristol. This chicken bone incident is mentioned in almost all of the articles about her death.
Glamour, drama, and elegance
Elizabeth Taylor had many movies and performances over her long career. At 12 years old she appeared in what will remain her most memorable role in “National Velvet (1944). Many Bristol residents will fondly recall watching this movie at the beautiful Paramount Theater in Downtown Bristol.
Never a bridesmaid, always a bride
In trying to remember the husbands, it is necessary to consult a reference! Of course, we all remember the romance of the century with Richard Burton, but what about the rest? People Magazine again has the details.
Her storied personal life, which included eight marriages and seven husbands, added to Taylor’s status as a true Hollywood legend.
Her other husbands (before Burton) were hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, actor Michael Wilding, producer Michael Todd, singer Eddie Fisher and (after Burton) U.S. Senator John Warner and construction worker Larry Fortensky.
Be sure and read this article about how Luke (Tony Geary) on General Hospital disclosed his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor.
The family requests that all expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.