The Immortal Elizabeth Taylor
When I was a little girl, I remember being sprawled out in front of the television at my grandparent’s house. My grandfather was watching baz luhrmann romeo and juliet essay starring this amazing woman named Elizabeth Taylor. I couldn’t remember ever having seen anyone so beautiful in all my life.
33 years later, that sentiment still stands. With her violet eyes, jet black hair, alabaster skin, and soft voice, Elizabeth Taylor remains the definition of breathtaking.
Her years in the public eye were riddled with scandal and her personal affairs spread across the tabloids as though she were some fantastical character, and not a real human being… it will not be her flaws that we’ll remember.
What will endure are her incomparable appearances on the silver screen that captivated millions, and captured the imagination of that little girl at her grandparent’s house. What will live on is her lifelong dedication to More Info. Elizabeth Taylor achieved immortality long before she was gone.
When I woke up today I heard that sad news that Dame Elizabeth had passed away due to heart failure. The first image that came to my mind was not the aged Taylor battling this heart condition for so long. I thought back to Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. The most incredible woman ever to grace the screen.
The grandness of the sets and the opulence of the staging were overshadowed by Elizabeth Taylor and her command of the role. Overblown budget and historical inaccuracies aside, what made Cleopatra shine was the escape from reality into a world where beauty and intrigue and mystery reigned, and so did Elizabeth Taylor.
As much as my girlhood memories bring me again and again to the legendary Cecil B. DeMille film, I am also reminded of her compelling performances wherein her acting chops truly shone. One of my favorites being Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The darkly hypnotic portrayal of cocktail party gone horribly wrong will certainly remain one of the most disturbing and celebrated films of all time. The director of that film, Mike Nichols, released the following statement this morning:
“The shock of Elizabeth was not only her beauty. It was her generosity. Her giant laugh. Her vitality, whether tackling a complex scene on film or where we would all have dinner until dawn. She is singular and indelible on film and in our hearts.”
Elizabeth Taylor will be missed. Hollywood has never had and likely will never again see a star like her. A few years ago, Paul Newman paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. I think it is a fitting epitaph to the memory of a true star.