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Elizabeth Taylor.

MGM studio portrait

What can I say? Another of my heroes has died, this one lovelier than most, and she’ll be eulogized endlessly in the coming days. Every writeup will mention her childhood in films, her violet eyes, her staggering beauty, her many marriages, her love of jewels and perfume, her struggle with addiction, her longtime friendship with Michael Jackson, her tireless devotion to raising funds for AIDS research, and her unwavering support of gay rights. Let’s not forget, though, that she was also a spectacular actress (my all-time favorite Liz Taylor movie is the underrated Butterfield 8, with Giant running a close second—but I could watch her in anything) and the kind of person who never stopped living life to its fullest.

I love this quote that I saw in the New York Times—when asked recently if she’d be writing her memoirs, Liz replied, “Hell no, I’m still living my memoirs.” I remember seeing photos of her in swimming with sharks (!!) in Hawaii a few years ago, donning a wet t-shirt and a snorkel and an absolutely enormous smile and falling in love with her all over again.

As a Michael Jackson fan, I can’t memorialize Liz Taylor without taking a moment to thank her for always sticking by her best friend, and for being brave enough to speak out in support of him not only behind closed doors, but in public. I don’t think I believe in an afterlife, but if I did, I’d like to think that Mike and Liz are out there somewhere running around with Super Soakers, petting baby elephants, playing dress-up, and enjoying childhood fun together without the constant gaze of a camera.

Liz and Mike
Photos © MJJ Pictures

Rest in peace, Dame Elizabeth.

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  • Reply Jenna @ sweetfineday March 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I totally believe they’re together shooting each other with super soakers. It makes me smille.

  • Reply jbhat March 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    This news makes my heart sad. She was a tremendous actress, and so, so beautiful. My favorite image of her is the close-up of her kiss with Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun. Stunning and moving. And her performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf leaves me reeling. What a legend. And what a life.


    • Anna @ D16 March 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Two more of my favorites!

  • Reply Cher@NR March 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    LOVED Giant!

  • Reply jodi March 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady.

  • Reply Sarah T. March 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    In college a friend’s dad dated Elizabeth Taylor. After meeting her my friend said that not only was she surprisingly genuine and down to earth, but that every Tuesday was taco night at her place. Now whenever I think of super posh Dame Liz I happily conjure an image of her and her friends getting down with some tacos and margaritas.

    • Anna @ D16 March 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      That’s awesome, Sarah, on many levels. 🙂

  • Reply Julie March 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Nice tribute, Anna. She was so unbelievably beautiful, and I love that someone so beautiful was even more beautiful inside. I loved her passion for life, her great talent, and her loyalty and compassion for others. A life well lived.

  • Reply julia wheeler March 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    anna, this was the perfect tribute to her. sarah, taco night at liz taylors… talk about dreamy!

  • Reply CindyE March 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    The photo you posted of Elizabeth Taylor is so pretty – I have never seen that photo before. I agree with the above comment – my favorite movies are Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and A Place In The Sun. She was stunning in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. I admired her blunt honesty.

  • Reply Adam March 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    So well said Anna! I didn’t think I would be as affected by this as I am. I’m sad to say I haven’t seen Butterfield 8 but I will be pronto. I love her as Maggie the Cat in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” as well as “Cleopatra”.

    • Anna @ D16 March 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      Oh, you’ll love Butterfield 8. I’ve read that she hated making it, but it’s visually incredible and Liz is perfection.

  • Reply Katie Jones March 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Anna, I just knew I could come here for some sweet solace. Thanks for writing such a nice tribute. Love the quote about her memoirs. What a goddess!

  • Reply Monica March 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Poignantly said! What a great lady she was. Loved her opposite Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride.

  • Reply Pistachio March 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    She really was a beautiful person inside and out. Some of todays stars should take a cue from her legacy.
    She was one of those movie stars from my parents generation (WWII,50’s,60’s) and it makes me so sad when another passes. The end of a generation…

  • Reply Grumble Girl March 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Le sigh. Le sads. 🙁

  • Reply Homeowner Insurance March 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Very well said Anna, I love Elizabeth Taylor, definitely one of my favorites!

  • Reply Inha March 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    what a lovely tribute. thank you.

  • Reply Colleen March 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Giant and A Place in the Sun are two of my favorites! She is sooo absolutely stunning! I heard today that the private service started 15 minutes late, her wish was to be “fashionably late” to her own funeral…LOVE IT!

  • Reply carol ann from camdesign March 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    what a amazing tribute. I have never seen that video before thank you for your post, have a great weekend….

  • Reply Breakfast bar stools March 30, 2011 at 4:16 am

    I like Michael jackson, thanks to share this video with us,,,..

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