Wednesday, March 23, 2011


It's sad that Elizabeth Taylor has just died.  I fell for her at age 13 when I saw her in Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor.  She was an exceptionally beautiful woman, who considering her fame and fortune did not always have such a happy life.
Married eight times - twice to Richard Burton - she ended up being a rather odd character devoted to the cure for AIDS and to a friendship with Michael Jackson, which most of us couldn't quite understand.  And what was that marriage to Larry Fortenski all about?

We saw her in a live performance of Private Lives with Richard Burton in Los Angeles.  She was married at the time to Senator John Warner of Virginia.  She and Burton were pretty good in the play but I think the parts were rather like their own lives, not easy!  It's hard to say which of the 50 film roles is her best but Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly Last Summer have got to be pretty high on the list.

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