Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

Source: CNN

Just when news broke about David Fincher directing the remake of the Egyptian queen comes the sad news that the star of the original 1963 hit film Cleopatra has passed away. CNN reports this morning that Elizabeth Taylor passed away after congestive heart failure at age 79. The actress' publicist announced the sad news saying Taylor died "peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it was hoped that she would be able to return home. Sadly, this was not to be." We remember the legendary actress and her work below.

Ms. Taylor definitely made a splash with headlines for her wild-life behavior, but she was much more celebrated for simply being Elizabeth Taylor - sexy, glamorous, tempestuous, fragile, always trailing courtiers, media and fans. Ms. Taylor hasn't appeared in a film since the 1994 live-action adaptation of The Flintstones, but she's very much a name from Old Hollywood and the Golden Age of Cinema.

Ms. Taylor broke into the business at the young age of 10 in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942. From there her acting career took flight. Throughout her amazing career she appeared in numerous films including the original Father of the Bride, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra (one of my personal favorites), and much more. But her biggest career achievement would come later and in the form of two Academy Award wins from her performances in Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? By then she had already been nominated three times previously, so it was only a matter of time before she finally went home with Oscar.

Elizabeth Taylor's has lived a tremendous life and her legend will definitely live on in film for eternity. Her passing today is truly a sad loss for Hollywood and for all her fans throughout generations.

~Rest In Peace~

FYI: Turner Classic Movies just announced they will be honoring Elizabeth Taylor with a 24-hour marathon of her films on April 10th. You can find the full list of films being shown right here.

Tell me your favorite Elizabeth Taylor movie?


Go shawty! said...

I am sad to say that to my knowledge I have only seen the Flintstones. That was mainly for Halle Berry though. ^^
Don't judge........

Groverfam said...

Father of the bride- the original...she is so innocent in that movie and well that's how I want to remember her.

Anonymous said...

"Giant" by far. . . .

J said...

She truly was an excellent actress, even tho I didn't like her personal life. She WAS a survivor, as you said.


jfun said...

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was my favorite film with Elizabeth Taylor. She and Paul Newman were so hot!

Why isn't that on your poll? It is seriously so good!!

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