My column pays tribute to the luminous Ms. Taylor; I want to sit down and enjoy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with some friends. Such a good and harrowing film! I altered the last line of my bio as a nod to the movie 🙂
Why Elizabeth Taylor Mattered
Accolades abound upon hearing the news that Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79. The most common theme seems to be that she was the last of Hollywood’s glittering stars, rocking the old school glamour. From her dewy-eyed youth as the doomed Helen Burns in Jane Eyre and of course the allegedly-boyish National Velvet to her seven tempestuous marriages and her rock star lifestyle, the camera loved her luminous face.
But there was much more to the star as she ably demonstrated in her finest film role: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Viriginia Woolf? where Taylor transformed into the foul-mouthed Martha to duke it out verbally with the love of her life, Richard Burton, as the hapless yet vicious George. Under all the glamour, she was one tough broad who didn’t get enough credit for her accomplishments and her loyalty.
Still working at getting the photos up: bit by bit they’re getting there. I’m adding captions as I go along so you can know where things are. Oodles of things to do in the meantime. It never ends!