Archive for March, 2011

RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth

March 24, 2011

Taylor has dies at the age of 79. It has been a while since she has been on the big screen but her presence could still be felt. In her prime she was, she was arguably one of the world’s greatest actresses and she was also probably one of the most beautiful women in her day.

Some of her most famous films were National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? As a teenager I watched Cleopatra over and over, it was this film that made me fall in love with her, I had a bit of a crush on both her and Richard Burton at the same time (they met and fell in love making this film). He was one of her seven husbands she had, and once was not enough, they married twice.

She also hold a rare distinction of having been nominated for an Oscar four in a row from 1958 to 1961, for Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly, Last Summer, only get the Oscar on her fourth nomination for Butterfield 8. She won her second Oscar in 1967 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Which was one of 12 films with Burton and is an absolute classic, if you do anything to remember her or mark her passing get this out on dvd and watch it.

She was also at the forefront of raising awareness (and funds) in the early days of the AIDS epidemic and was out there in public holding hands and cuddling AIDS patients long before Princess Diana. In more recent years she continued to campaign for her Aids charity, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation which she set up in 1991 after the death of her friend and co-star Rock Hudson.

See ya Liz

RIP Jane Russell

March 3, 2011

OK to be honest, I thought she was already dead! But having heard the news this week that Jane Russell had died I was sad and because over the years I have actually really enjoyed a couple of her movies. She was described as “mean, moody and magnificent” which is probably what attracted me to her.  Her debut was back in 1943 in The Outlaw and it was that magnificent cleavage that got all the attention, that and her acting of course. Joking asides, she was, in my opinion, a talented actress, however this talent was overshadowed a bit by her sex bomb image that she also played up to. The film I like her in the most is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe, from 1953.

Apparently she had a 38-inch bust line, and this is what got the attention of Howard Hughes, who as legend has it, used his knowledge of aerodynamics to design a bra her. Much later in life she appeared in television commercials promoting bras, most notably the ‘18-hour bra for Playtex’.

A less well known fact about her was that she adopted three children of her own, and as a result of the difficulties she faces, she set up an organisation called the World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), which has resulted in the adoptive placement of tens of thousands children.