Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011
I’m sure you’ve already read about it all over the internet, but I wanted to take just a minute to remember one of the greatest and most dynamic actresses of our time. After seventy-nine eccentric, passion-filled years, Elizabeth Taylor passed away in Los Angeles this morning from complications due to congestive heart failure. As one of the last great screen legends of the golden era of cinema, her famous beauty and fiery personality are sure to live on.
Picked up by MGM studios at a young age, she began starring in big hits like Lassie Come Home and National Velvet, winning the hearts of America with her beautiful complexion and violet-colored eyes.
Throughout her illustrious career, she won two Oscars and had 37 other wins and 16 other nominations. Not bad.
“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
She also starred with and befriended many of Hollywood’s leading actors and singers.
With Paul Newman and David Bowie
With James Dean and Michael Jackson
Her life-long love for jewelry was no secret. Above is just one of the pieces in her incredible collection, the 69.42 carat Taylor-Burton diamond, which husband Richard Burton bought for her from Cartier.
“Big girls need big diamonds.”
Cleopatra was by far one of her biggest roles, starring alongside her twice-husband Richard Burton. Although she was married eight times throughout her life, Burton was undeniably the love of her life.
“Richard is a very sexy man. He’s got that sort of jungle essence that one can sense.”
Taylor was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1999, from then on known as Dame Elizabeth Taylor. She also won the Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Academy Award in 1992 in honor of her work fighting AIDS.
“I’ve been through it all, baby, I’m mother courage.”
“When people say, ‘She’s got everything,’ I’ve got one answer – I haven’t had tomorrow.”
Want to read more on this incredible lady? Check out a pictoral history at Last of the Hollywood Icons — Elizabeth Taylor RIP (from which most of these pictures were taken) and at Eonline’s biography.
If you’re not familiar with any of Elizabeth’s films, cute up your Netflix or hit the movie store! I asked around the warehouse, and below are some of our favorites of her movies:
Sienna: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Brittany: National Velvet
Valerie: The Taming of the Shrew
Quotes from Thinkexist.com
You will be missed Elizabeth Taylor, but never forgotten.
“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”