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