We’ll certainly miss ELIZABETH TAYLOR, the Oscar-winning, violet-eyed goddess who was quite simply a screen legend.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR, who died yesterday aged 79, was quite simply a Hollywood screen legend. Her extraordinary career spanned 60 years from her earliest screen role in There’s One Born Every Minute in 1942 until her last in Elton John’s video short Original Sin in 2002.
She portrayed so many unforgettable characters in her long and distinguished career and there are a handful of ones that stick in my memory. I remember very clearly watching her as the gutsy Velvet Brown in the classic National Velvet (1944) where she cut off all her hair to persuade people she was a boy in order to ride in the famous horse race, The Grand National. And she was Leslie Benedict, the wife of Rock Hudson’s ranch owner Bick Benedict alongside James Dean’s Jett Rink in the sprawling Texan family drama Giant (1956). I also remember her as Maggie, the brittle but passionate wife of Paul Newman’s Brick in the screen version of Tennessee Williams’ iconic play, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958).
Then there were her two Oscar-winning roles. She was the aptly-named Gloria Wandrous, the Manhattan model and call girl in an illicit affair with a married man in BUtterfield 8 (1960) and the fiery and fragile Martha, opposite her husband Richard Burton, in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966).
But let’s not forget the 1963 epic Cleopatra, at the time the most expensive movie ever made and where she first met and fell in love with Burton.
TAYLOR was one of the last of the great stars of the famous old Hollywood studio system and she’ll be greatly missed. I was very struck by this article remembering her greatness and so, have a read…