Discussion in 'Movies' started by Karin Schill, Sep 14, 2016.
Elizabeth died 8 years ago today.
Thanks for sharing. I went to Rome this month, which made me think of Elizabeth & Richard since that's where their romance got started.
Turns out Cinecitta is still a working studio and the biggest one in Europe. They have guided tours around the studio too. Unfortnately by the time I found that out I was already in Siena for my conference so I didn't have any time to visit the studio this time.
But it made me think of some Elizabeth & Richard related sightseeing I did when I went to LA in 2017 and 2018.
For instance this is a murnia close to the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
Notice Elizabeth & Richard dressed in their Cleopatra costumes:
Then here are their stars on the Walk of Fame:
I love that their stars are right next to each other.
Then here's Elizabeth as Cleopatra in the "Madame Taussaud's" in Hollywood. I love their collection of classic movie stars.
Then here's Elizabeth's hands and footprints from outside of the Chinese Theater.
Then finally here's Elizabeth's costume from "Giant" that is on display on the WB Studio Tour.
Only she looks more like Kim Cattrall than Elizabeth Taylor:
Well I wouldn't know as I have never been lucky enough to meet Elizabeth Taylor in real life!
I haven't met Kim Cattrall either for that matter!
Still I was happy with their collection of classic Hollywood stars at Madame Taussaud's in Hollywood. Except I thought Elizabeth's doll looked a bit lonely, a Richard Burton as Mark Anthony doll would have been nice to go with it!
Thanks for sharing the documentary about Elizabeth!
I just stumbled across an article that listed the most insane things to ever happening to Lifetime Network. The Lindsay Lohan Liz & Dick movie earned the number one spot!
From the time I was a small child, I knew of Elizabeth Taylor mostly from my mother's contemptuous rants about her, how little "class" Taylor had (Mom opined that "Natalie Wood has no idea what class is, while I think Elizabeth Taylor knows what class is -- she just doesn't give a damn!"), to the point I actually thought Taylor was some kind of a porno star (whatever I thought that was at my tender age) or some kind of grandiose burlesque nightclub icon. Eventually, I realized Taylor was, more or less, a legitimate actress, a valid movie star, and that my mother just didn't like her, her vulgarities, her harridan film roles in the '60s and, no doubt, her homewrecker image.
As I became increasingly familiar with Elizabeth Taylor of my own accord, her motion pictures and her public persona, I certainly understood what Mom was seeing and, to a point, was sympathetic to her opinion. But, ultimately, Taylor won me over with her sense of humor, that consciousness she has which simply makes her "Elizabeth Taylor" (despite her train-wreck inevitability) and my realizing I liked her better than I liked my mother.
Admittedly, my mother had one brief humanized reaction to Taylor when Elizabeth quietly told Barbara Walters (when Walters asked her if she was afraid she might get fat) that, "Oh, my God -- I am fat." Mom almost liked her for that, but it was short-lived and quickly forgotten.
Mom thought Joan Crawford was genuinely beautiful (not that she was a huge fan, but she grew up in that era) and that, in comparison, Taylor was merely "ticky-tacky" pretty and certainly nothing special. (Funnily enough, I came to see elements of both stars in Mom herself: Crawford, a little bit worse; Taylor, a little bit better).
"Slattern" was the word she often used for Taylor (although she said the same of Bette Davis).
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