A regal lady has exited the stage of life. This graceful lady was Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.
From the incredible, young performance as Velvet Brown in National Velvet to the older Beryl Mason in These Old Broads ( TV 2001 ), Dame Elizabeth Taylor was the thespian who mastered her craft in every venture she undertook.
Of course, her colorful life was the top of the gossip and entertainment news for decades. Her many lovers and her fabulous lifestyle just added to the mystique of this English woman born on February 27, 1932 in London. Her parents were Americans working in England.
It was on the set of Cleopatra that she would meet Richard Burton. Their passionate and yet tempestuous relationship on and off screen was the stuff of legends.
She and Richard Burton starred together in 11 movies: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The V.I.P.s (1963), Under Milk Wood (1972), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), The Sandpiper (1965), Hammersmith Is Out (1972), Doctor Faustus (1967), Divorce His – Divorce Hers (1973) (TV), The Comedians (1967), Cleopatra (1963) and Boom! (1968). She had an uncredited cameo in Burton’s film Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). IMDb
Elizabeth passed to her rest on March 23, 2011. What can one say? Without a doubt, Elizabeth lived a full life with great friends, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
What this great actress did as well was to focus on the people of this planet traversing the cosmos. Her philanthropy was demonstrated time after time with her tireless efforts for AIDS Research and for those men, women and children affected by this terrible disease. Her generous spirit extended to other causes as well.
Sir Elton John said it well:
“We have just lost a Hollywood giant, but more importantly we have lost an incredible human being. Elizabeth Taylor earned her fame with her extraordinary talent as a young actress, making her first movie at the tender age of nine. She earned our adoration for her stunning beauty and for being the very essence of glamorous movie stardom. And she earned our enduring love and respect for her compassion and her courage in standing up and speaking out about AIDS when others preferred to bury their heads in the sand.”
Her legacy will be one to be remembered. And what of her fate in the cosmic ocean? I am sure that she and Richard Burton will find some morning stars to bring them together again for their final starring role in the cosmos. This time the curtain will never come down, and the play will never end.
G. D. Williams © 2011
Listed below are some links:
NATIONAL VELVET (1944) Trailer
ELIZABETH TAYLOR-A Thing Of Beauty
THE SANDPIPER (1965) ELIZABETH TAYLOR & RICHARD BURTON
ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND RICHARD BURTON: A Love Story
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1967)
ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S Charity Work, Events and Causes
THE DAILY MAIL
THE TELEGRAPH: Elizabeth Taylor’s Most Memorable Magazine Covers