Liz Smith: The Absolute End of an Era — Elizabeth Taylor Dead.

Our Gossip Girl mourns a dazzling star with words she thought she’d never have to write

“OCTAVIAN, WHEN I am ready to die, I will die.”

That was Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra,” moments before she allowed the asp to do its business. Even back in 1963, a little chill would run through audiences — she had already been so close to death. And it seemed that she did indeed rule her fate.

Well, yesterday morning, Elizabeth Taylor, the true Star of Stars, was apparently ready to die. Congestive heart failure claimed her. Although the news is not quite a shock — she has been in precarious health for over 15 years — I honestly never believed I would live to write an obit on this amazing creature. She was only 79, but had lived a thousand years, had fired up and exhausted endless fantasies for herself and the millions who watched her, dumbstruck, as she commanded the Fates to do her bidding. Over the years, I came to the conclusion that Death was actually a little afraid of her.

* * *

MANY YEARS ago, around the time of her 40th birthday bacchanal, Elizabeth declared “I’m Mother Courage. I’ll be dragging my sable coat behind me into old age!” Of course, Miss Taylor was not Mother Courage. For one thing, Bertolt Brecht’s put-upon heroine had a child named Swiss Cheese. If La Liz had named a child after a food, it probably would have been Chocolate Mousse.

But Miss Taylor did endure her fair share of Brechtian woe, even with the heady compensations of wealth, privilege and glamour.

Professionally, she progressed from the child with the adult face who cuddled horses and dogs … the pristine, tiny-waisted sylph of “Father of the Bride” and “A Place In the Sun”… the voluptuous dramatic heroine of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Suddenly Last Summer” and “Butterfield 8”… the implausible ruler of ancient Egypt … the all-too-plausible drink-drenched virago of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf … and then years of high camp, rococo fun in films such as “Boom!” “Secret Ceremony” and “X, Y and Zee.” It hardly mattered as the decades rolled on, whether or not her movies made money. She defined Fame. She was Fame. Up until age 63, she was still a woman whose mere appearance in public could cause a riot. (Once, in 1993, I saw women weeping, and men slugging each other to get a better look at her, while she held a press conference at New York’s Plaza Hotel. She was attempting to auction off a diamond mask for AIDS. She looked like a goddess — more beautiful than ever in this era.)

It was her incredible public/private life that kept Elizabeth’s image afloat. Elizabeth Taylor Hilton/Wilding/Todd/Fisher/Burton/Burton/Warner Fortensky. Twice divorced by 24, a widow at 26, the world’s most scarlet woman by the age of 29 — the latter caused by two momentous extramarital scandals: luring Eddie Fisher from Debbie Reynolds (her bridesmaid at ET’s wedding to Mike Todd!), and then snatching Fisher’s scalp from her belt, throwing it his face and taking up publicly with her “Cleopatra” co-star Richard Burton.

Miz Liz lived a real life more sensually dramatic than any of her film roles — rising and falling and rising and falling, a violet-eyed phoenix whose gaze was fixed eternally on the here and now, living only for the day. The past done, the future plump with promise. Her robust, good-natured vulgarity, childish delight in great jewels and luxury, her addictions and apparent disregard for public opinion made her unique among stars. She rarely complained or explained. When the Vatican denounced her as an unfit mother and an “erotic vagrant” she furiously replied, “Can I sue the Pope?!”

She seemed, at her height, to be intent on destroying herself, but the public couldn’t get enough of this short, stocky woman who dressed so badly and took other women’s husbands. Scandal enhanced her. Mike Todd, Elizabeth’s third husband, taught her “audacity makes the star.” She took his dictum and ran with it — rebellion had been brewing in her for many years anyway. She only married Nicky Hilton to escape a suffocating mother and an abusive father — and to have sex. That Hilton turned out to drink and beat her, scarred the girl for life.

When the Liz n’ Dick soap opera ended in 1976, she went off and married a staid Republican, John Warner whom she elevated to the U.S. Senate.

When she got fat during that marriage, it was as if she no longer had the right to live in this country anymore.

When she lost weight everybody fell at her feet again.

She triumphed on Broadway in “The Little Foxes.”

She was re-habbed at Betty Ford, twice.

She created fragrances that brought her more money than had her film career.

George Hamilton and Malcolm Forbes saw themselves in higher cotton than ever, merely being seen in public with her. (The Hamilton affair saw Elizabeth in ravishing shape and beautifully dressed. He insisted on it. Elizabeth and Malcolm were only friends. But she acted as his hostess — most famously at his 70th birthday party in Morocco — and he donated millions to her AIDS charities.)

I was the only reporter invited to Elizabeth’s marriage to Larry Fortensky, which took place at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch. The sky was black with helicopters, like a scene out of a Vietnam war movie. The bride was 59 and looked 35. The groom was 39 and looked a little shocked. (Well, there was Michael, looking more feminine than Elizabeth!) Movies? Who needed movies?  Elizabeth saved her genius for her life.

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AND IT was her genius for life, and her love of life and her genuine compassion that led to the most important role of her life — becoming the name and face of the AIDS fight. Once she had shouldered the burden of raising funds and consciousness, it seemed a perfect fit — ordinary stars did charity for ordinary diseases. AIDS, the horrifying mystery ailment, had to land in Taylor’s hands. Who else could drag ‘em in, get the attention, say what needed to be said?

In days to come, I will write of some of my personal experiences with Elizabeth, starting with our fateful first encounter at the La Grande Cascade restaurant in Paris, with Richard, while they shot the interiors for “The Sandpiper.” (While the director Vincente Minnelli called frantically from the set, and we all laughed merrily over our drinks.) I traveled around the world with Elizabeth and Richard, and even after I became a dreaded “gossip columnist” the great star continued to trust me. Especially after she saw that I could, and did, use the power of my column to help her in her battle against AIDS.

And so I want to end this column, quoting Elizabeth herself.  Not long ago, she told me, “Liz, every scandal, terrible headline, intrusive paparazzi, every lie — everything I came to hate about my fame — now I am so grateful for. Without all that, I never would have been able to do what I have been able to do for AIDS. Fame means nothing. It stopped having meaning for me many years ago. I thought it was absurd that I was still famous, that people still wanted to look at me or write about me.

“Then I saw what was happening with AIDS. That nobody was doing anything. But maybe I could. And I did. And why? Because of my ridiculous fame. My name still meant something. People wanted to pay big money to see if I was fat or have violet eyes or whatever. Bring it on, I thought. And I thanked God that my fame and my life had finally made sense.”

That was the essence of Elizabeth. And it is what I will miss, along with her great sense of humor, not to mention the glamour and fame she often laughed at.

Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor. Now you are with Richard and Mike, Monty and Rock and James Dean. Have a party, girl!

48 Responses so far.

  1. avatar calgal says:

    Thank you, Liz. A beautiful epitaph (as only you can write), for a beautiful star.

  2. avatar Baby Snooks says:

    And don’t forget Michael Wilding.  Who she adored. And who adored her. Enough to let her marry Mike Todd. Sometimes as lucky in love as she was unlucky. 

    Her legacy will be the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. No doubt a cure will be found through someone whose research her foundation will have funded.  She began the fight in a way so it will be fitting if she ends the fight as well. I sent her a note when she founded her own foundation. Commenting that if one good thing came out of all of it it would be our learning to love each other finally. She certainly did teach us well with regard to loving each other. 

  3. avatar sjhbrooklyn says:

    The moment I heard that Elizabeth Taylor had departed this life, I knew I had to turn to the “other Elizabeth” for solace. Thank you, Liz, for your incredible support of this star’s work in the fight against AIDS. Thanks, most of all, for the human aspect of your remembrance. I loved Elizabeth Taylor, but you are my hero. It took Elizabeth’s passing for me to say so.

  4. avatar Bonnie O says:

    Liz, I can only guess how difficult it is for you to write about a movie star icon who was also a friend.  You’ve done her proud.  Elizabeth Taylor’s films will carry her name and her work long into the future.  My personal favorite is strangly The VIPs.  I really enjoy that movie …. a close second would be A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  She was marvelous.

  5. avatar rick gould says:

    Hi Liz
    I’ve always loved reading your evenhanded take on the other Liz and look forward to reading more remembrances…

    Just to lighten the mood, several friends and I watched the classic “Here’s Lucy” episode where Lucy gets Liz’ million dollar diamond stuck on her finger. Great fun and the it was the Burtons’ last hurrah, both looking tan, fit and showing their lighter side.

  6. avatar Aundra Willis says:

    As a member of the generation of Americans that came of age during the ‘50s and ‘60s, Elizabeth Taylor’s image and persona were as familiar to me as one of my neighbors. I was an avid collector of movie magazines during my teen years, and her face graced many covers of Modern Screen, Motion Picture, and Photoplay in my huge collection. Upon hearing of her death this morning, what struck me, in addition to an initial acute sadness, was THE DATE. Mike Todd died on March 22, 1958 and Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011 (at 1:28 AM) – almost 53 years to the day. May she rest free from the illnesses that plagued her and in everlasting light. And on a lighter note, may she be greeted at the pearly gates by all of the husbands who preceded her.

  7. Beautifully written for a beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing.

  8. avatar CatA says:

    Thank you, dear Liz, for a great tribute to one of the last real stars in this world.  And my condolences to you on the loss of your friend.

  9. avatar Lindy F says:

    I always loved her in every movie. I am surprised her memorials on TV have not mentioned her great friendship with Michael Jackson. They were both child actors robbed of their childhoods and probably connected due to their addictions. Apparently this is not something the media thinks is worth mentioning which I think is surprising.

  10. avatar Count Snarkula says:

    Liz this is just wonderful writing on your part. And heartfelt, which I suppose is what makes it wonderful. My one disagreement is that it was “hardly a shock”. Somewhere in me, and I didn’t realize it until I heard the news yesterday, seemed to think ET was immortal. How many times was she pronounced “dead”, only to rise again. Actually, I just re-read your article, and I see you agree with me. Just as you never thought you would write ET’s obit, I never thought I would read it. Can’t wait for this weekend. I am going on a bender with friends that include alcohol, cigs, Tiffany, and lots of ET movies. I owe at least that to the Dame.

  11. avatar Erika Muller says:

    Thank you, Liz. I didn’t bother reading what anyone else wrote about Miss Taylor’s passing until I read your piece. I knew you would sum it up beautifully and you did, with the gracious lady’s own words.

    “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” remains one of my absolute favorite films because of her gorgeous portrayal of a woman in love and desperate to reconnect with her husband. (OK, so Paul Newman was pretty damn good to look at too.)

    I know you will miss your friend and I thank you again for what you’ve written here and what you will be writing in the coming days.

  12. avatar Richard Bassett says:

    First, Michael Jackson was a man that she always supported but never made it her business to add to the paparazzi frenzy that encompassed both of their lives. In their head, the both knew their truth and that was that. Each could have commanded daily world press statements if they so desired. They kept the Jackson issues isolated between them, and barely spoke out in public about it. True class. I worked with Dr. Michael Gottlieb and the other physicians who first started to see AIDS appear in 1984. Elizabeth Taylor was the money maker, the image and was seen everywhere through-out Los Angeles at a multitude of charity events. And this came along right at the precise time for her. She was a bit washed up by 1984. Failed marriages, no more film roles, no more Broadway, or politics, conquering addictions and weight issues in the few previous unhealthy years. So 1984 left her with a great question mark (?) She really did wonder why there was still such interest in her. She expected to quietly fade away (like most actresses of that generation). But being an AIDS advocate, a multi-millionaire perfume mogul and many more romances were just around the corner from her and she lovingly embraced them all. A new Elizabeth Taylor had emerged, though always keeping her everlasting spunk with her. She gave interviews regarding her life lessons and felt that she had a message to spread. She was to become even more famous than her film career had ever made her and she worked effortlessly until then end. She took the great fame of her early life into her later life as an advocator, major philanthropist and a respected business woman…and, for once, was grateful for her fame.

    • avatar rick gould says:

      I think Elizabeth Taylor’s work with AIDS gave her a sense of purpose.
      Deep down, acting bored her. She had hit the peak in her profession and was not a driven careerist like Crawford, Hepburn or Davis.
      But I always believe if she HAD been, Taylor’s film career would have sailed right along. She could have easily been a star character actress like Shirley MacLaine. But that didn’t interest her.

      Thankfully, sobriety and a sense of purpose came along with uncanny timing.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        I don’t know that she ever talked about it much but as for a sense of purpose she had that all along with her children. And her grandchildren. And her great-grandchildren. The kids were sort of raised “on the road” but I doubt any of them every doubted her love for them. 

        She worked when she had to work in order to ensure their needs were met and that they could pursue their dreams and desires without having to worry about where the money would come from.  She got filthy rich as they say from Cleopatra. And set up trusts for them as well as herself. By the time the money started rolling in from the perfumes they were all well-provided for which allowed her to divert part of the money to her foundation. 

        She was, again, the Earth Mother. And no one knew the Earth Mother better than her children and her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. 

  13. avatar Rho says:

    Thank you Liz,  I adored her,  I still cannot believe she is gone.  May G-D bless her.

  14. avatar D C says:

    That’s the same picture I posted on my facebook page yesterday in honor of Liz.  Last night my husband and I pulled out Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and watched it again.  I have always thought she was the most beautiful woman ever created.  When I got the email from my husband yesterday alerting me of the news she had passed, I felt bad, but at the same time glad for her.  She had been in pain a very long time, and I am glad that is over for her. 

  15. avatar Baby Snooks says:

    I think LIz Smith has a unique perspective simply because she become part of the entourage for awhile and saw the Earth Mother instead of just the Hollywood Star which few in the press did but then few in the press were interested in the Earth Mother.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      “I am the Earth Mother and you are all flops!” as Martha brayed so magnificently in “Virginia Woolf.”

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        So many of her lines in her films reflected her more than the character she was playing and she was indeed the Earth Mother.  And compared to her I guess at times we were all flops. But she loved us just the same.  Whether we were the childhood friend or a total stranger.

      • avatar Richard Bassett says:

        One biography ended, “I’m mother Earth (or courage) and I will be dragging my mink coat behind me into old age”

  16. avatar Baby Snooks says:

    This is the correct link for the tribute page and they have redirected the incorrect link on the website page. Instead of faxing a nice note, I called and barked. The way I used to.

    For those who can, remember her by sending a nice big check.

  17. avatar Laura Ward says:

    Wonderful quote on how Elizabeth realized how she could use her fame!

    Kathy Lee Gifford also had her say on how Elizabeth was loyal to her friends, not blind loyalty. Just loyal. Kathy wants Hoda to stay loyal to her even on her way to rehab or prison. That’s what true friends are for and she’s right. That’s why Elizabeth remained loyal to Michael Jackson despite his troubles. It just meant she wasn’t going to abandon him in his hour of need. I’ll try to remember that for my friends too when they have troubles. That’s another Elizabeth Taylor legacy.

    • avatar Mr. Wow says:

      Dear Laura…ET was extremely loyal to her friends and family.  To a fault in some cases. 
      She might have been a better friend to Michael had she not been so indulgent.  He really needed a good “snap out of it” slap. Perhaps she felt he was already too far gone by the time they met (in 1984) to do anything but support him, while they swapped tales of their odd, lonely childhoods?  But she was certainly there for him–as long as her health held up–more significantly than his own family, including his mother, Katherine Jackson. 

      Now, we have to wait for the Henry Wynberg and Larry Fortensky memoirs. But not too long a wait.  Fortensky needs $ and Henry has a boatload of fabulous, revealing photographs he took of her back in 1973-76.  I’m sure he needs $ too. Or at leasthe  would like more.

      • avatar Laura Ward says:

        I’m sure you’re right! The books will be coming out…

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        As I recall Harry Wynberg signed an agreement barring him from ever discussing their relationship let alone writing a book. I suspect had it been her decision, there would have been no settlement. By that point, what on earth would have shocked anyone about her life? But Cheseborogh-Ponds, which held the rights to the perfumes, felt differently. So the matter was settled.  With a nice chunk of change. And an agreement.  And I suspect Larry Fortensky also signed an agreement.

        Some may believe it doesn’t matter now that she’s gone.  Her children may decide it does.  There’s already a “changing of the guard” at the house so to speak. 

        • avatar Mr. Wow says:

          Agreements are made to be broken.  Wynberg would probably be flattering—they had an extremely passionate time of it.  And those photos of her are sizzling.  Fortensky was just in the news trying to get more money out of her.  She –or her people–refused. 

          I know the ones who are on their way out.  Good riddance.  I only wish Sally Morrison had come back on the scene years ago.  She is a good egg and knows what she is doing.

          As for shock–you’re right.  When the “shocking” tales start to emerge it’ll simply be more of what we know or assume.  The woman lived!

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            I should observce the week of mourning along with everyone else but I doubt anyone else will so why should I?  I suspect the “dissolution” of “Elizabeth Taylor Inc.” is going to be interesting.  Most of course want to know what’s going to happen to all of the loot and who gets what.  The prize at auction, and no doubt there will be several, will be what will probably forever be known as the Krupp-Taylor diamond.

            Obviously she planned it all well. Right down to being late to her own funeral. Many were taken aback by her following Judaic tradition.  But that was part of “Simply” Elizabeth.  Earth Mother with a little chutzpah.  And a delirious sense of humor. Even at the end.

          • avatar rick gould says:

            Well, one bombshell that has already been dropped was her telling writer Kevin Sessums that her friend James Dean was repeatedly molested by his family minister. But Elizabeth asked that he keep it off the record til after her death.

            I’m sure loyal friends have kept Taylor tales to themselves, but it seems Elizabeth kept her friends confidences as well.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            Well they never tattled to the tabloids. But, well, the schadenfreude entices us all. They gossiped about her. She gossiped about them.

          • avatar Mr. Wow says:

            Dear Rick…what an odd tale that is.  Why tell it at all?  Why ask that  it be held till after her death?   It is also something that has now appeared in several Dean biographies—also, was he molested or was it a consensual affair? (He himself told different versions.)   Oh, and the source–Kevin Sessums?  Really?

            Plenty of Elizabeth’s doo-doo will soon hit the fans.  She was hoping to outlive  everybody. 

            As I adored her but wore no rose-colored glasses, I can’t wait.

      • avatar rick gould says:

        Mr. wOw–
        I’m sure after the tributes are over, there will be some tacky cashing-in by folks who didn’t stay in ET’s orbit.

        I will say I was a bit put off by Debbie Reynolds’ tacky comments on Joy Behar (who is the go to person if you want to be tacky). I’ve never thought of Debbie as genuine, but I get the impression that she’ll say anything for a laugh. She is certainly entitled to her opinions, but when somebody is barely cold, if nothing else, think of family and friends who are mourning.

        • avatar Mr. Wow says:

          Dear Rick…Debbie R.  Always has been, always will be, a total vulgarian.  And tough as nails.  That was the reason ET was so incensed after the Fisher scandal broke–that Debbie posed as this clueless diaper-pin wearing wifey, utterly shocked by Eddie’s betrayal.   Of course, Debbie had her image to protect.  She couldn’t come out like the sophisticated star she really was. 

          Later, Elizabeth did suffer over Richard leaving Sybil.  Not so much as to put an end to the affair, but she did finally feel tremendous guilt. 

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            I suspect if she could have Elizabeth she would have responded to Debbie with a “thanks a lot” to Debbie’s comment about having given her a husband.  Life is fair. Unfortunately it’s filled with schmucks. They both shared the schmuck.  And certainly had married some others.  They were friends in the end.  Elizabeth would have loced the joke. Debbie no doubt loved the “late to my own funeral.”

      • avatar mary burdt says:

        Mr. Wow, When I first heard of Elizabeth Taylor’s death my first thoughts were how devastated you would be. You loved Elizabeth and you have my deepest condolences.


        • avatar Mr. Wow says:

          DEar Mary…thank you.  So many memories came flooding back—running after her limo as  a younger person…later meeting her in more professional circumstances…and my one terrifying interview with her!   Lots of pleasure and fun.

          And…a wonderful note, after she learned I was very ill with AIDS. 

  18. avatar Andy Budgell says:

    I was heartbroken when I heard the news.

    I fell in love with Elizabeth when I was a mere 8 years old. 6 years ago, when I was 19, my dream of seeing her in person came true at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards. I was so worried that she wasn’t going to attend due to ill health, but boy did she. I was immersed in conversation with the new friends I made seated at the same table as me, when I heard a man ask us all to push our chairs in. I turned around to stare directly into those fabled eyes as she was seated in her wheelchair. My jaw dropped and all I remember was thinking, “Say something to her you moron! This is your only shot!” All I could muster was “Hi!” She beamed the brightest smile back–and in my head I can still hear her saying that “Hiiii!” back! It was truly a moment I’ll never forget.

    Another dream came true when I sat in the front row at her benefit performance of her 2007 “Love Letters” with James Earl Jones. I was seated in the front row next to her family…what an incredible honour. Seeing her in person seemed like a wild enough dream…I never even hoped I’d get to see her act onstage! But her performance was breathtaking. She looked truly incredible and made her character truly three dimensional. She played a tragic heroine, a part that recalled her most celebrated roles.

    For the past decade I’ve been running an online tribute site to Elizabeth in one form or another. In October 2009, when Elizabeth had her surgery, fans from the web site raised money to send her flowers. I had received a lovely thank you from her wonderful secretary when I informed her that they were coming, and I nearly fell out of my chair when a few weeks later when I received a thank-you e-mail written by Elizabeth! While I may never know if Elizabeth actually wrote it herself, something tells me that perhaps she did. It was just the sort of thing she’d do.

    She’ll forever be the single greatest influence on my life, and today I celebrate not only the life of the greatest movie star of all-time, but an incredible fighter who used her fame on behalf of those she loved.

    • avatar Lourdes says:

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories, Andy!

    • avatar rick gould says:

      How lucky you are to have had those experiences, thanks for sharing them with us!

    • avatar Baby Snooks says:

      She changed during the marriage to Warner and became quite engaging with people – the part of her I call “Simply” Elizabeth,  She came out of her shell I suppose.

      If you got an email from her, it was from her. Just as the personal notes were from her. Others got an email or a note from the secretary.  On behalf of “Miss Taylor.” Some got phone calls from her. Others got a phone call from the secretary. I don’t believe there was any rhyme or reason to who got what.   Maybe her mood of the particular day. 

      I actually cried earlier with the news that Westboro Baptist plans to picket and protest at her funeral.  I wish we could vote for the Supreme Court Justices. We could vote the justices who gave these creeps the right to picket and protest her funeral off the court.

      • avatar HauntedLady says:

        I understand how you feel but it seems Miss Taylor got the drop on them and was buried today. Apparently, they couldn’t get their evil hind ends in gear fast enough, as I haven’t heard anything about the pseudo-Christians showing up.

  19. avatar Paul Smith says:

    In reading the many tributes to Ms. Taylor, I am struck by how she is remembered in the public imagination.  For some reason, there is a fatal halo over Ms. Taylor.  I loved the firebrand, the transgressor, the youthful goddess, the adulteress, the rag mag star, as well as geniune star, the one who loved passionately and disregarded public opinion and religious opinion. She was a living Madame Bovary but with better fortune.  The fundraiser Liz did not interest me very much.  Nor did the Warner Liz, Fortensky Liz, Michael Liz–well, maybe the Michael Liz, since he dropped baubles into her lap, by way of devotion. 

  20. avatar D.K.Milgrim-Heath says:

    Elizabeth Taylor Was Old Hollywood And Glamour Said Goodbye
    By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2011
    Elizabeth Taylor was old Hollywood and Glamour said goodbye-
    The final glamour queen Elizabeth Taylor of the 20th/21st century did die.
    Elizabeth Taylor epitomized glamour a real true icon for all seasons –
    She shared herself with the world for charitable causes for so many reasons.
    A mother that so adored her children (and her children adored her the same) numbering four-
       Besotted as a great-grandma for the last years of her life that was spoken for.
    Remembering her in the glorious beauty in her Cleopatra movie back when-
         In 1963 seeing the opening at the Tivoli movie house in NY with my beloved Daddy then.
    The most beautiful actress that ever played Cleopatra the world will never forget-
    Even more beautiful archeological scholars say then the real Queen of Egypt was yet
    A beauty always even at the end if her life she was always I must confess-
    Women in the arts can learn things from her as a person not just her beauty nevertheless.
    Purchased an Elizabeth Taylor Doll dressed as Cleopatra depicted from her movie so beautiful I own-
    I’m glad that I have this beautiful image of Elizabeth Taylor –her beauty was classic hers alone.
    Rest in sweet peace Elizabeth Taylor minus any earthly pain for the beautiful, charitable life you’ve led-
       As you’ve left earth with deserved angel wings to heaven a better eternity instead.

  21. avatar D.K.Milgrim-Heath says:

    Dame Elizabeth So Rest In The Sweetest Repos
    By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2011
    Dame Elizabeth do rest in the sweetest repos-
     Loving, sweet lady now devoid from all your earthly illnesses those.
    Your final goodbye went without any glitch-
     It went so fast no media circus could get its hitch.
    Everything for your funeral lovingly done all your heirs-
      That loved you with all the right reasons that were yours and theirs.
     In your final rest place in privacy and dignity as you wished it to be.
    Full of beauty and grace that was your legacy.
    Dame Elizabeth the world the world is really missing you-
    For all you stood for with all that you aspired to do.
    So were so very much full of love-
    Forever your memory cherishes from earth to heaven  above.

  22. avatar D.K.Milgrim-Heath says:

    I Saw Elizabeth Taylor In Person When I Was Almost Eleven Years Old
    By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2011
    I saw Elizabeth Taylor in person when I was almost eleven years old-
    The big crowds (and me included) waited for her beauty to behold.
    Seeing Richard Burton in his Hamlet performance being the Broadway’s 1964 night opening-
    Remembering that he was forever Burton not a Shakespeare’s Hamlet as I was listening.
    Being weaned on Shakespeare noticing Burton portrayal seemed to have marbles when he spoke –
       Disappointed me as the beauty of the Shakespearian language seemed like quite the joke.
    The Queen’s English was garbled only by his character alone –
    None of the other cast did that and Sir John Gielgud was fabulous as ever in tone!
    That to me was a sad experience as his Hamlet went down south to be.
    With my parents I saw this play and they had the same opinion as me!
    The highlight of our evening was seeing Elizabeth Taylor in all her movie star glory-
    Flashbulbs kept popping everywhere for the Hamlet star’s wife for an opinion of this Hamlet her story!
    Magnificently beautiful in her appearance I remember that exciting glorious time so well –
    Swelled late night crowds went wild by her memorable beauty years 47 later I remember that with affection can’t you tell?

  23. avatar christine woodley says:

    The best, bar none, remembrance of La Liz from the “other” La Liz!!

  24. avatar RobinRR says:

    By the time 1965 came around I think Sybil could care less about Mr. Burton or her marriage to him. Also, Kate is the only one of the children of Richard or Elizabeth who done very well in life.