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    Just got a CNN news email indicating that Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79.
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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    So sad.

    What joys and pleasures she's brought to so many people's lives.

    It's truly a very sad day.

    Thank you, Liz, for all you've done.

    A truly great actress!

    Her body of work is equal to anyone's, male or female.
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    YouTube - Elizabeth Taylor winning Best Actress for "Butterfield 8"


    But before the 1961 ceremony, she was hospitalized from a nearly fatal bout with pneumonia and Taylor underwent a tracheotomy. The scar was bandaged when she appeared at the Oscars to accept her best actress trophy for "Butterfield 8."

    To a standing ovation, she hobbled to the stage. "I don't really know how to express my great gratitude," she said in an emotional speech. "I guess I will just have to thank you with all my heart." It was one of the most dramatic moments in Academy Awards history.
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    I'll always remember Paul Harvey's "the Rest of the story" about a young baby born covered in hair (which apparently we all have during development, but typically falls off prior to the actual birth) and eyes closed shut. The doctors assured the baby's parents that the hair would fall off in short order, and the eyes should open up. Sure enough a week or so later, the covering of body hair was gone, and they bright, beautiful eyes fully opened to the world. This baby was off course Elizabeth Taylor.

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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    Sad news.

    You know (and not meant in bad taste)... I am 45. Liz was a bit before my time. My perception of her at my age (and as I grew up) was always one of a very bizarre and strange lady. All the marriages, the friendship with Michael Jackson, the illnesses, the (non-movie) stories of her past. I just always thought this lady is strange and seems to be be playing with a deck of cards that does not contain 52 cards. Of course I have no idea, but that was always my perception.
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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966 View Post
    Sad news.

    You know (and not meant in bad taste)... I am 45. Liz was a bit before my time. My perception of her at my age (and as I grew up) was always one of a very bizarre and strange lady. All the marriages, the friendship with Michael Jackson, the illnesses, the (non-movie) stories of her past. I just always thought this lady is strange and seems to be be playing with a deck of cards that does not contain 52 cards. Of course I have no idea, but that was always my perception.
    As a day away from 34, I know exactly where you're coming from. In fact, the first time I saw some clips of some of her old movies, I was blown away how pretty she was in her prime. To me, she was always the slightly odd famour person who did a bunch for aids and was in and out of marriages faster than a 16 year old boy goes thru girlfriends. I know she was so much more than that, but that is the reality of what I knew of her growing up. I was never even sure why she was even famous to begin with. I think its the sad reality w/ people who die young tending to get memorialized much greater than those that age. When you die young like James Dean, Kurt Cobain, Marylin Monroe, JFK, etc... you'll forever be remembered in your prime, before stories leak out about any strange habits, or your youthful looks that made you famous to begin with fade away with age.
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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966 View Post
    Sad news.

    You know (and not meant in bad taste)... I am 45. Liz was a bit before my time. My perception of her at my age (and as I grew up) was always one of a very bizarre and strange lady. All the marriages, the friendship with Michael Jackson, the illnesses, the (non-movie) stories of her past. I just always thought this lady is strange and seems to be be playing with a deck of cards that does not contain 52 cards. Of course I have no idea, but that was always my perception.
    I am also your age and these are my recollections also. My father sure talked about her a lot though!
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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    Here's a story outlining the best and the worst of Taylor's performances. For those of you unfamiliar with her best work, I'd recommend checking out some of these flicks. I may have to get Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and have something for both my wife and I to watch. Heck, I'm trying to figure out the best way to say that if I had to look like another guy, Paul Newman would be my choice.

    I'd also recommend National Velvet for Taylor's performance there. She was just twelve when she made that one. When I first saw it, I was completely unaware that she had started out so young. She made her first movie at age 10.

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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    I was in a room full of people in their early to mid 20s when I learned of Elizabeth Taylor's death. NONE of them knew who she was. Looking at imdb, her last credit there was in 2001, for a couple of projects I've never heard of, so I guess it makes sense.

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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    I was in a room full of people in their early to mid 20s when I learned of Elizabeth Taylor's death. NONE of them knew who she was. Looking at imdb, her last credit there was in 2001, for a couple of projects I've never heard of, so I guess it makes sense.
    She really hasn't been in the news much in the last decade. Not surprising they didn't know who she was.

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    Re: CNN reporting Elizabeth Taylor has died

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    Here's a story outlining the best and the worst of Taylor's performances. For those of you unfamiliar with her best work, I'd recommend checking out some of these flicks. I may have to get Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and have something for both my wife and I to watch. Heck, I'm trying to figure out the best way to say that if I had to look like another guy, Paul Newman would be my choice.

    I'd also recommend National Velvet for Taylor's performance there. She was just twelve when she made that one. When I first saw it, I was completely unaware that she had started out so young. She made her first movie at age 10.

    http://hamptonroads.com/2011/03/eliz...nds-top-movies
    I always thought she was among the most overrated actresses in movie history. Her work on Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was good, but, then again, with that dialogue, almost any actress can look good. Jessica Lange was much, much better in that role, IMO.

    Other than that, Taylor was so-so at best. Her Cleopatra was nigh-unwatchable. National Velvet's dialogue is clunky and she delivers each line like a veteran soap opera actress.

    Too, late in her career, she did absolutely nothing to stretch out or really display her supposed talent. The last decent role she took was in Giant.

    Heck, I'd argue Marilyn Monroe had better acting chops (or at least choices) than did Taylor.
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