Elizabeth Taylor, the “‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World” with the famous violet eyes has passed away today at age 79 of congestive heart failure. Dame Elizabeth was one of a kind and will never be replaced.
Ms. Taylor not only was an International star who won two “Best Actress” Academy Awards for her roles in ‘Butterfield 8’ and ‘Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolfe’ and starred in many Hollywood movies from ‘National Velvet‘ to ‘Cleopatra‘ and more will never be replaced. She was a part of Hollywood’s heyday when actors were great and she was one of the greatest. We will never see the likes of them again and thankfully Elizabeth Taylor and her fellow actors have left us with their magic on the Silver Screen.
Besides her acting she was a leader in the fight against AIDS. She spearheaded the fight and was a true leader and champion and benefactor. Her generous heart and unbounding compassion were just two of her extroardinary talents. http://www.ethaf.org/
She also appeared in ‘General Hospital’ as the infamous Helena Cassidine and on ‘All My Children’ when it was a *New York based soap opera. She did a walk on dressed as a cleaning lady a’la Carol Burnett who is also in the scene.
Helena Cassidine(Elizabeth Taylor) and Robert Scorpio(Tristan Rogers) on ‘General Hospital’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxf85a9HG0Y&feature=related
A tribute to Ms. Taylor is planned on Turner Classic movies with many of her best movies including the two she won Academy Awards for. more here.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tcm-air-24-hour-elizabeth-170446
Here follows a Top Ten list compiled by The Hollywood Reporter. Some of my all time favorite movies are listed here. Three of which with another favorite of mine Richard Burton whom she married twice.
10.The Taming of the Shrew (1967): Frank Zeffirelli helmed this adaptation
of William Shakespeare’s famous play in which the actress starred with
real-life husband Richard Burton.
9. National Velvet (1944): Taylor became an instant star playing Velvet
Brown, the feisty teen who competes in England’s notorious Grand National
8. Giant (1956) George Stevens helmed this Texas epic in which Taylor
appeared alongside legendary leading men James Dean and Rock Hudson.
7. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959): Tennessee Williams’ play about a wealthy
widow Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn) and a girl who goes insane (Taylor)
after seeing Venable’s only son die. Taylor won a Golden Globe for her
performance and both actresses received Oscar nominations.
6. A Little Night Music (1977): Art imitated life in Harold Prince’s film
where La Liz played Desiree Armfeldt, a famous actress who seduces a married
5. Cat on a hot Tin Roof (1958): Taylor played the seductive Maggie Pollitt,
the wife of Paul Newman’s alcoholic Brick Pollitt, in this legendary
adaptation of another Tennessee Williams’s play directed by Richard Brooks.
4. A Place in the Sun (1951): The actress made the transition from
child-star to major movie siren alongside Montgomery Clift in another
Stevens’ classic about star-crossed lovers.
3. Butterfield 8 (1960): Taylor won her first Oscar for playing prostitute
Gloria Wandrous against then-husband Eddie Fischer, in this drama directed
by Daniel Mann.
2. Cleopatra (1963): The actress made history as the first woman in
Hollywood to receive a million-dollar contract to play history’s most famous
diva. The Twentieth Century Fox film was marred in scandal as production
ballooned over budget while Taylor and her co-star Richard Burton engaged in
one of history’s most famous affairs.
1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966): Taylor won her second Oscar for
her performance as the bare-bones Martha, a bitter, angry wife (Burton again
co-starred) in this film helmed by first-time director Mike Nichols.
Sleep well fair Elizabeth you will be missed forever.