It’s been quoted that with the passing of Liz Taylor we have lost the last remaining Hollywood Goddess. She was adored by men and admired by women. Twice Academy Award winner see leaves behind a long list of Hollywood blockbusters to remember her by. She was a child star at twelve first appearing with Roddy Mcdowall in Lassie Come Home and then the film that shot her to stardom National Velvet which is about the horse race the Grand National. It’s ironic that the film that led to her stardom was also responsible for a lifetime of poor health after a fall from a horse whilst filming led to serious back problems.
Anyone living through the 1960s will testify that Liz was one of the most iconic figures of the decade. She was married 8 times and husbands included Michael Wilding, Michael Todd, Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton twice. She met Richard on the set of one of her most memorable films Cleopatra and so started what some have termed the greatest of Hollywood romances, the papers covered every aspect of it and it’s no exaggeration to say that it would rival any of today’s soap opera scripts all rolled into one. Liz also brought us glamour and she adored jewellery. In 1969 Burton shelled out more than $1m for a 69-carat diamond ring, known as the Burton-Cartier and later the Burton-Taylor Diamond. Some of the great films I remember her for include; Giant co-starring James Dean, Room at the top, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Sandpiper, Taming of the shrew, Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Cracked and who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf. Liz was much more than a Hollywood star. What I admire about Liz was her courage to stand by her convictions. She championed the HIV (AIDS) at a time when it was not a popular thing to do and she has through her Aids Foundation raised as much funds as anyone over a thirty year period. She also stood by Michael Jackson when again it was not popular to do so. Her whit, courage and drive have all been well record and I think I would have to agree with the opinion that the world was a better place for Liz’s living in it.
And finally it is reported that the Funeral ceremony was delayed 15 minutes because Liz left instructions that she wanted to be late for her own funeral. Goodnight Liz RIP