Brown Bread: Elizabeth Taylor

“It’s the end of an era. It wasn’t just her beauty or her stardom. It was her humanitarianism. She put a face on HIV/AIDS. She was funny. She was generous. She made her life count.”
(Barbra Streisand)

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, arguably the last great female star of the Hollywood studio system, has died at the age of 79.

The Oscar-winning star died in the early hours of the morning at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles, from congestive heart failure, according to her spokeswoman Sally Morrison. She said Taylor’s children were at her side.

A stunner, back in the day. But she wasn’t the kind of stunner that would have made her an actress today. Funny how Hollywood’s concept of beauty changes over the years. A lot of today’s starlets wouldn’t have made it in the 1950s because they’re too scrawny. Elizabeth Taylor was … voluptuous.

R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor: best and worst films

The five best:

1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)
2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
3. A Place in the Sun (1951)
4. National Velvet (1944)
5. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

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20 Responses to “Brown Bread: Elizabeth Taylor”

  1. I would add The Giant into that list of her best movies. Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the truly great movie stars… she was and is completely stunning.

    • Thanks for the comment. In Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? both she and Richard Burton were electrifying; I can only bear to watch that movie once every five years or so …

  2. […] Brown Bread: Elizabeth Taylor (via The Eton Mess) Posted on 26 March, 2011 by Jarle Petterson “It’s the end of an era. It wasn’t just her beauty or her stardom. It was her humanitarianism. She put a face on HIV/AIDS. She was funny. She was generous. She made her life count.” (Barbra Streisand) Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, arguably the last great female star of the Hollywood studio system, has died at the age of 79. The Oscar-winning star died in the early hours of the morning at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles, from congesti … Read More […]

  3. Watched GIANT the night before she passsed – She clearly over shawdowed the other 2 great stars – She will truly be missed. Thank you for the great post!

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    • Thanks for your comment. When a true star like Elizabeth Taylor dies, we are all saddened. She had class, she could act, and she was a beautiful woman. Second only to Ingrid Bergman. I think Giant really belongs to James Dean, but Elizabeth Taylor does give a strong performance.

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