March 23, 2011

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was born on February 27th, 1932 in London, England. She was the daughter of American art dealers working in London. When Taylor was three her family moved to America to avoid to the Second World War. They resided in Los Angeles, California and from here Taylor's life as a child star to mature actress exploded.

At an early age she was lusted after for her beauty and allure. Taylor was born with a human mutation that caused her to have a double row of eyelashes, which gave her eyes an exceptional illusion on screen. Taylor's fame continued to increase and she broke domains in 1960 when 20th Century Fox offered her a million-dollar contract to play the title role in Cleopatra. Taylor has held over seventy-five leading roles in either film, television, or voice overs. She is known for her roles in Butterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among many, many more.

Throughout Taylor's life she was mostly praised by critics for her dynamic, and enchanting roles. She was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two for her performances in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Butterfield 8. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times considered Taylor "terrific" in his 1958 review of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Crowther furthered his infatuation with Taylor in his 1963 review of Cleopatra calling her a woman of "force and dignity" and how inside her is "impressively compacted the arrogance and pride of an ancient queen." This seems quite true, since Taylor came as close to a queen in America as maybe that of Jackie O. Variety published in 1959 that the only "major asset" to Butterfield 8 was Taylor, and to ice off the cake, Roger Ebert in 1967 speaks of Taylor in Reflections in a Golden Eye as "proving once again as she did in 'Virginia Woolf' that she really can act, believe it or not." It seems across the board, critics wanted to see her fail, but remained thoroughly impressed; not a bad résumé of critic acclaim to accumulate after sixty years on the scene.

Yet, Taylor was not just an actress. She was a socialite, philanthropist, and true lover; being married eight times to seven men in a forty-six year period producing four children. Taylor was active in AIDS/HIV awareness campaigns and devoted much of her life and money to fighting the cause. She believed in Kabbalah, and was an active member in Kabbalah centers around the world, as well as, transforming Michael Jackson into a Kabbalah believer in 2005, during his sexual assault trials. Taylor was also known for her love of white diamonds, as well as, her desire to travel the world and see every inch of the globe.

Elizabeth Taylor passed away on March 23, 2011. She will forever be an international influence that helped define the golden age of Hollywood. Taylor will be remembered for her spirit, beauty, passion, and flawless charisma that she pushed forth in throughout the world.

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