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3/23/2011

Goodbye Elizabeth Taylor

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 6:50 am



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I think this video does a good job summing up the sad news this morning and giving the obit that you figured they wrote years ago.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

37 Responses to “Goodbye Elizabeth Taylor”

  1. She was a complete, beautiful woman.

    But, what always comes to mind when i see pictures of her from the 1970s and 80s is John Belushi waving a half chicken around in a mu-mu and lipstick, choking on a bite and giving himself the heimlich manuever on SNL, back when SNL was actually funny. What a great parody of her.

    SGT Ted (5d10ae)

  2. I wonder how much she’s worth

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  3. mom bought at least a couple of that white diamonds potion

    so that helped

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  4. Aaron… don’t know about this ABC piece, but the NY Times obituary for Taylor was written by Mel Gussow, who died in 2005, that is, 6 years before Taylor herself.

    PatHMV (fe9172)

  5. Like SGT Ted, I prefer to remember her when she was younger, in movies like The Taming of the Shrew, before her thighs went condo.

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  6. She is survived by various family members, and 24 ex husbands…

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  7. here is a figure from 1996 (!)

    Recent figures show the 64-year-old Taylor’s net worth was $608.43 million.

    that is a LOT of cupcakes

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  8. She was never more beautiful than in “A Place in the Sun,” her first adult role at 18. My room mate and I saw that movie 20 times when it was in the theater. The fantasies of college boys in the 1950s.

    It was made in 1951 so we must have been seeing a rerun but we went to one of the old downtown movie palaces in Los Angeles to see it.

    Mike K (8f3f19)

  9. if she had died just less than a hundred days ago they would have saved a FORTUNE in estate taxes cause the grabby grabby government wouldn’t have been able to touch anything

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  10. “that is a LOT of cupcakes”

    “and 24 ex husbands”

    She had needs. Don’t you judge her. Don’t you dare judge her.

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  11. I don’t judge her I hardly ever saw her in any movies though all I can think of is Giant which is a right proper Texas movie what everyone should see at least once

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  12. Don’t you dare judge her.

    This is me, judging.

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  13. Heh!

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  14. “She had needs. Don’t you judge her.”

    I’m just resentful over the fact that she needed guy after guy after guy…but, she never needed me.

    It’s kind of insulting.

    Dave Surls (0a54c1)

  15. Dave Surls – I used to imagine a lot of women needing me around last call. Most of the time I was mistaken. The times I was correct usually turned out to be mistakes.

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  16. As Sinatra would’ve said, “That was one classy dame.”

    JEA (4aceac)

  17. #15

    You think you had problems?

    Man, I’m so hopeless I couldn’t even get laid in the free love days.

    I always thought that “getting lucky” meant that you didn’t get slapped in the face while you were being rejected.

    Once I asked this girl, that I knew for a fact had had sex with over 3,000 guys, if she wanted to go for it. She looked me over, shook her head, and said “Sorry, dude, but I do have some standards”.

    While I had to admire her restraint, as well as her taste in men, it still hurt my feelings a bit.

    Dave Surls (0a54c1)

  18. in other, less important news, a terror bombing in Israel kills at least one person, many wounded.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  19. Rest in peace.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  20. Best as grown up- ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’
    Best as kid- ‘National Velvet’
    Best against type- ‘Virginia Woolf’
    Best paycheck- ‘Cleopatra’
    Best investment- diamonds
    Best husband- Richard Burton
    Best forgotten- Eddie Fisher

    Curtain down. RIP Liz. Your show had a helluva run.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  21. That’s both clever and nice, DCSCA.

    DRJ (fdd243)

  22. happyfeet, TCM will likely offer an Elizabeth Taylor retrospective – if they do, make sure you watch Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Taylor and Paul Newman sizzle. (I see DCSCA has it as her best grown-up film. I fully agree…also agree re Virginia Woolf). Hollywood glamour fades even more.

    Dana (9f3823)

  23. I will try to see them sometimes though I think maybe I should save some good movies for the nursing home too

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  24. That is the nicest post that DCSCA will ever write.

    Icy Texan (a6f2b4)

  25. “Virginia Woolf”

    Man that movie was so bad, it makes my head hurt just thinking about it.

    If I wanted to spend two hours listening to that kind of crap, I’d just call one of my ex-wives, and save myself the price of a movie ticket.

    Dave Surls (0a54c1)

  26. If I am not mistaken, Elizabeth Taylor was the first actor/actress to receive $1 million for a movie role, for Cleopatra. In Careless Love, the second volume of Peter Guralnik’s biography of Elvis Presley, there is an interesting tidbit about how Elvis and Liz were both vying to be the first to get that $1 million paycheck. She won.

    JVW (a7ac57)

  27. What, nobody else was a fan of Taming of the Shrew with Liz and Richard? Great comedy, especially for those two playing opposite.

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  28. IMP remains a moronic serial fabulist, nonetheless.

    JD (318f81)

  29. Giant. She was absolutely beautiful in that film even as they cosmetically “aged” her to capture the family’s saga over a period of years. I still enjoy watching that movie from time to time. Also, it had gorgeous scenery as well as Dennis Hopper, James Dean, and Rock Hudson in the cast. Story written by Edna Ferber. It was a quality production through and through.

    elissa (ba5295)

  30. JD – I think IMP has written two worthwhile comments in as many years.

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  31. Weird, even National Review has an “in memorium” picture slide-show on their homepage. I mean, I know she was married to a Republican Senator for a while, but really? Is this that much of a cultural event?

    JVW (a7ac57)

  32. yes it is a huge cultural event it’s like if big bird died or elvis

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  33. According to a post at Jeffrey Wells’ site Hollywood Elsewhere, Taylor demanded a mil to do Cleopatra trying to get the producers to go away, thinking such as astronomical request would make them do so. Oops.

    In the meantime, sick is as sick does.

    qdpsteve (f1c59f)

  34. Comment by daleyrocks — 3/23/2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Pretty much every film she did with Burton is worth watching several times over

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf might be a scream fest, but it’s hard to beat a film that showcases two of the best acting jobs in the history of film (meaning both Burton and Taylor).

    Cleopatra’s arrival scene in Rome is probably the definition of movie spectacle.

    Almost every film she made had classic potential, even the ones she made as a kid with Mickey Rooney.

    She had lapses in taste–being a close friend of Michael Jackson, for instance–but there’s no one in contemporary Hollywood who even comes close to being like Elizabeth Taylor.

    kishnevi (d785be)

  35. She was good as helena cassadine in 1981.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  36. she could’ve worked a lot lot lot more than she did she’s no Betty White that’s for sure

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  37. DohBiden what needs to watch his stories.

    Icy Texan (a6f2b4)


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