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February 12th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Elizabeth Taylor Hospitalized with Congestive Heart Failure

February 12th, 2011 1:00 pm / Author: Gena Oppenheim

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after complications arose due to signs of congestive heart failure.
“This issue is being addressed. She is currently being kept in the hospital for monitoring,”
a rep for the 78-year-old film icon explained via E! Online. (http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b225781_elizabeth_taylor_hospitalized_heart.html)
Elizabeth’s rep asks that the actress’ privacy be respected during this hard time so that she can focus on recovering.
“Her family and close friends are appreciative of the warm support and interest of her loyal fans but have asked that
people respect her privacy and allow her medical team the time and space to focus on restoring her back to health.”
Elizabeth had surgery for congestive heart failure in 2009.

March 23rd, 2011, 01:46 PM
Elizabeth Taylor, the actress who dazzled generations of moviegoers with her stunning beauty and whose name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79.



In the late 70's I was living on W46th street. One evening coming home I found myself caught up in a crowd of people outside of the Plymouth theatre on 45th where Richard Burton was appearing in Equus. The crowd began to close in. It was a crush of people moving toward the stage door. At the entrance was Burton. I was literally pressed up against a woman shorter than me, with her hair in my face. We were inching along... carried along with the crowd.

I suddenly realized that the woman I was pressed up against was Elizabeth Tayor.

(That's my Elizabeth Taylor story.)


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March 23rd, 2011, 01:50 PM
Favorite movie: 'Who's Afraid..."
Favorite husband: Richard Burton

Liz Taylor: Her Beauty Was 'Never Matched' (http://movies.msn.com/movies/memoriam-taylor/?GT1=28101)



Me and Maggie the Cat

A very personal appreciation of Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)
By Kathleen Murphy
Special to MSN Movies
"I've been through it all, baby. I'm Mother Courage."
"What's the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? Just stayin' on it, I guess."
In 2007, my blood boiled as "Entertainment Tonight" gushed ghoulishly over the possibility that 75-year-old Elizabeth Taylor (http://movies.msn.com/celebrities/celebrity/elizabeth-taylor.1/) had a "new boyfriend" -- referring to the gay black gentleman who escorted the actress to an AIDS benefit. The interviewer had to kneel to get right in the face of the wheelchair-bound movie star, resplendent in jewels of her own design and a sequined gown just slipping off her shoulder. "Are you ready to be a bride for the ninth time? Would you accept a proposal of marriage?," baited the blond ditz.
"Marriage?!" shrieked Taylor, her face a mask of mock horror. And then the diva threw back her head and howled like a banshee.
Viewers, of course, were being invited to enjoy the spectacle -- and sound -- of a blowsy old dame, veteran of so many soap-opera scandals, acting dotty. What could be funnier than pretending the sedentary septuagenarian might be up for connubial hanky-panky?
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There was a time when the star of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie/cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof.2/)" (1958) would have cut the belittling ditz off at the knees. Her character, Maggie the Cat, would have narrowed her great violet eyes, thinned those lush lips and, wasp-voiced, nailed her victim as a "no-neck monster." Still, I loved that unabashed banshee howl. Think of it as the last hurrah of a dying earth goddess, her power drained by age and atheists who mock the dangerous glamour of lust and desire, preferring sex sans mystery, sans even consummation.
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I could never think of Elizabeth Taylor as a small woman -- she was only 5'2" -- because her appetites -- for sex, food, drink, drama, drugs, diamonds -- were huge, deliciously de trop. To paraphrase Gloria Swanson, Taylor was always big ... even if her movies and her life got small.
I can't think of a contemporary actress who could equal the largesse of her passions -- on-screen or off. (Story Continues On Next Page...)
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March 23rd, 2011, 02:41 PM
A couple of really good looking movie stars.


March 23rd, 2011, 02:47 PM
EDIT: Merged threads

March 23rd, 2011, 03:36 PM
My personal favorite Liz pairing is with Montgomery Clift. IMHO together they both brought out their very best.

A Place in the Sun (1951): Watch how this scene builds from the tentative question "Aren't you happy with me?"


March 23rd, 2011, 07:02 PM
and who could forget this little gem...


March 24th, 2011, 01:14 AM
She was a longtime mutual friend of Michael Jackson. Now they're BOTH gone!

She will be missed by all!!

March 24th, 2011, 02:02 AM
my first after school job was in the (back then) brand new bigi department of bergdorf's in the 60's. one day i walked into the bathroom to find this tiny woman standing at the sink. she commented on how much she liked my lipstick color and could she borrow it. it wasn't until i handed it to her that i realized it was elizabeth taylor. we wound up having a discussion about which mascara was the best and she had me laughing at her comments as if we had known each other for years. she was so normal, sweet and down-to-earth to this young kid and i never forgot that incident. RIP elizabeth. you were a great broad and a champion for many. you will be missed as the true star you were. they don't make 'em like that anymore.

March 24th, 2011, 06:11 AM
^ Lovely story, deezee, and well said.

RIP Elizabeth, you really were so beautiful in every way.

Elizabeth Taylor dies aged 79



Hollywood legend and violet-eyed beauty Elizabeth Taylor, famed as much for her glamorous but stormy love life as her five-decade Oscar-winning film career, has died aged 79.

Taylor, arguably the last great star of Hollywood's golden era, died six weeks after being admitted to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles with congestive heart failure, a condition she had struggled with for years.

"My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour and love," said her son Michael Wilding Jr, adding that she was surrounded by her children when she died.

Taylor won two Academy Awards for best actress, including in the 1966 classic Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, one of many films she played opposite Richard Burton.

The Welsh-born actor was one of the great loves of Taylor's life - she married and divorced him twice - but her stormy relationships off-screen and eight marriages often overshadowed her glittering film career.

In her later years she blazed a trail as an activist to raise funds to fight AIDS/HIV, working hard to support research into a cure and dispel the stigma surrounding the illness.

"Her legacy improved the lives of millions of people and will continue for many generations to come," said longtime activist AIDS Kevin Frost who heads the Foundation for AIDS Research, co-founded by Taylor.

As her health failed in later years, she retired from the public gaze although she notably attended the 2009 funeral of her longtime friend Michael Jackson.

Tributes have poured in from across the world, as actors and directors mourn Taylor's passing.

"I am very sad. We have lost a memorable person who I was fortunate enough to know and work with on two films," Italian director Franco Zeffirelli told ANSA news agency.
"People like Liz don't exist anymore... because fairytales no longer exist."

Pop superstar Sir Elton John, who is also a huge campaigner for AIDS awareness, said the actress had been one of the towering figures of Hollywood.

"We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being," he said.

JD Heyman, editor of People magazine, the Hollywood celebrity bible, said: "Elizabeth Taylor may have been the greatest movie star Hollywood ever produced.

"She was one of the great beauties of the 20th century and I don't think we'll see another movie star like her."

Life and love

Born in London on February 27, 1932, she was evacuated to California with her American parents in 1939, where she was soon discovered at her father's art gallery by the fiancee of the chairman of Universal Studios.

She debuted in 1942 in There's One Born Every Minute and by 1944 had become a child star with National Velvet, the story of a girl who rides her horse to victory at the Grand National disguised as a boy.

She married for the first time in 1950, aged 18, to playboy hotel chain heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton.

The marriage lasted 203 days, collapsing amid verbal and physical abuse after a lavish Hollywood wedding and a three-month European honeymoon.

Taylor moved on and by 1952 she had tied the knot with British matinee idol Michael Wilding, 19 years her senior. They had two children, Michael Jr and Christopher.

Though Taylor said Wilding gave her stability, it was not enough. She filed for divorce in 1956, and within days of the separation producer Michael Todd, 49, proposed.

Tough and domineering, Todd was Taylor's first great love. They had a daughter, Elizabeth Frances, in August 1957, but seven months later tragedy struck - Todd was killed in a plane crash in New Mexico.

Devastated, Taylor was accompanied at Todd's funeral by his best friend, singer Eddie Fisher - with whom she launched an affair and married in 1959.

She won her first Oscar for best actress for her portrayal of a high-class call girl in Butterfield 8 (1960).

Then came Cleopatra in 1962, which she called "surely the most bizarre piece of entertainment ever perpetrated". On the set, she met the also-married Burton.

Following a pair of divorces, the two married in March 1964 in Montreal. But by the time they were filming 1966's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, the movie's harrowing portrayal of a marriage torn apart by booze, bitterness and failure mirrored their own lives.

They divorced in June, 1974 and remarried in October of the following year in Botswana, only to divorce again in August, 1976.

The marriage left Taylor an alcoholic and her career in decline. A seventh marriage to Virginia senator John Warner, from 1976 to 1982, failed to cure the blues.

In and out of California's Betty Ford Clinic in the 1980s, Taylor overcame her alcoholism and a dependence on painkillers and emerged as a champion in the cause of AIDS sufferers.

In 1991 she stunned the world by marrying husband number eight, Larry Fortensky, a 40-year-old construction worker she met in rehab. They parted amicably three years later.

As well as her children, Taylor is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


March 24th, 2011, 07:50 AM
She debuted in 1942 in There's One Born Every Minute and by 1944 had become a child star with National Velvet, the story of a girl who rides her horse to victory at the Grand National disguised as a boy.

Interesting to note that the 3 stars of National Velvet were Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Landsbury and Micky Rooney. Up until the day before yesterday all 3 still alive. Angela Landsbury is still working. Probably the only star from the Golden Age with a career still going. Quite an amazing accomplishment.

Of the headlining stars of Hollywood's pre-1960's era, we also still have Lauren Bacall, Sofia Loren, Shirley McLaine, Kim Novak, Shirley Temple, Eva Marie Saint, Doris Day, Olivia DeHavilland.... what others?

March 24th, 2011, 09:25 AM
At the top is Luise Rainer (101), who won an oscar for The Good Earth with hardly any dialogue. Recently traveled from Europe to a film festival in LA. Her hearing was poor, but not her memory for things 75 years past, like when she said to a producer, "No Mr Mayer, I won't sit on your knees."

Kirk Douglas
Joan Fontaine (Olivia's sister)
Maureen O'Hara
Ernest Borgnine
Debbie Reynolds

March 24th, 2011, 11:01 AM
And Gina Lollobridgida.

Trapeze, Beat the Devil, Hunckback of Notrdame, Never So Few, Solomon and Sheba.

A delightful article about her in the NYTimes Nov. 2010:


March 24th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Interesting read about Elizabeth:

"Tell Mama All (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/03/tell-mama-all.html)"

And afterwards this, one of the greatest of love scenes in American movie history (what faces today could sustain such close-ups?), bears a re-watch:


And their first meeting ...


March 24th, 2011, 11:52 AM
what faces in hollywood today are even the ones people were actually born with...very few!

March 24th, 2011, 12:10 PM
And afterwards this, one of the greatest of love scenes in American movie history (what faces today could sustain such close-ups?), bears a re-watch

Note too that, while reased in 1951, "A Place in the Sun" began filming in 1949.

Taylor was all of 17 years old when that scene was filmed.

Re: "Tell Mama all..." To put that line, in that scene, at that moment... nothing could be sexier.

March 24th, 2011, 04:40 PM
Jerry Lewis
Sidney Poitier (nominated for an academy award in 1958)

Also: Not illustrious stars by A-list standards, but they did have their moment and did get billing in a few big studio films from the era: Tab Hunter, Shirley Jones, Pat Boone, Harry Belafonte, Mitzi Gaynor, Joan Collins... and Mamie Van Doren.

March 24th, 2011, 07:33 PM
I saw Mitzi Gaynor a few times up at Harrah's Lake Tahoe many many years ago. The lady could put on a show.

What's she up to?

March 24th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Rhonda Fleming

March 24th, 2011, 09:32 PM
La Liz did a little-known movie in '67 with Brando: Reflections in a Golden Eye. She plays his wife, but there was not much of a marriage because he has suppressed homosexual feelings. He does not do anything for her as a husband. So they're out back & she's on a swing & she's concerned about her favorite horse, Firebird. She doesn't know what's wrong. Brando says something to the effect that he doesn't know why she's so worried about a horse. She stops swinging, levels a steely gaze at him, & says, quietly, with a hint of a smirk, "Firebird's a stallion." Ooooooh! That's one of those times when even if you're watching alone you're eyebrows go up, you're mouth opens & you're like 'Holy Sh**!' I actually felt for the guy & it was just a damn movie. That's how great she (and he) was.

March 25th, 2011, 05:04 AM
Arlene Dahl
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Celeste Holmn (Best supporting actress 1947)
Don Murray (nominated Oscar 1956)
Esther Williams
Margaret O'Brien

March 25th, 2011, 06:11 AM
Mitzi Gaynor ..... The lady could put on a show.

Boy could she. I know this is Liz's thread but let me get this in here since the name's come up.

Mitzi Gaynor in a Kay Thompson style number with her boys. TV 1969. This is so sexy and brilliantly done... it will make you smile. No one could do this today. No one.

The video starts out dark and the quality is not great, but hold on for a minute until her entrance. It's worth waiting for.

The whole thing is genius.

And these girls today think they're hot... watch:


March 25th, 2011, 07:09 AM
The Jet-Set Homes of Beloved Silver Screen Star Elizabeth Taylor

March 23, 2011, by Rob Bear

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Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood's all-time greats, passed away early this morning in Los Angeles after a career that spanned more than six decades, earned her two Academy Awards, and cemented her legacy as one of America's most beloved entertainers. A serial spouse who famously married seven men, Taylor bounced between properties with similar whimsy. Born in 1932 to American expat parents in North London, she spent the first years of her life in the United Kingdom at Heathwood House, the family home (above). The 5,092-square-foot brick Georgian, built in 1926, featured six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and expansive gardens tended by Elizabeth's mother, Sara Taylor. In 2008, the home came to market for over $10M and quickly sold. Despite her British upbringing, it wasn't until she came to America in 1940 that her many love affairs with real estate were kindled.


↑ Taylor lived briefly at the Hotel Bel-Air (above), where then-husband Nicky Hilton was the manager. They were married for less than a year before divorcing, which is when Taylor moved out on her own, to an apartment block at 1060 Wilshire Boulevard in L.A. that's now been replaced with new construction. Her downstairs neighbors in the building were star couple Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.


↑ Once married, Taylor and second husband Michael Wilding began a haphazard house hunt that involved purchasing a Beverly Hills home in the summer of 1952 for $75K—$600K in today's dollars—and spending another $40K sprucing it up, before abandoning the house two years later for the comfort of an even more opulent home at 1375 Beverly Estate Drive (above). She and Wilding decided to buy after scaling the fence surrounding the property for an impromptu open house. As luck would have it, architect George MacLean had designed the home with Taylor in mind.


↑ After Taylor divorced Wilding in 1957, she took up with film producer Mike Todd. Todd tragically died in a private plane crash the following year, but not before sharing a penthouse with Taylor at New York's 715 Park Avenue (above). The building, set on the southeast corner of 70th Street and Park Avenue, was built in 1948. The apartment—which, according to the brokerage Corcoran, once also served as the home of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach—features two bedrooms and a 775-square-foot terrace that probably served as a garden for green thumb Taylor.

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↑ Taylor went on to marry Mike Todd's best friend, crooner Eddie Fisher. Fisher and Taylor soon purchased a getaway in the Swiss mountain town of Gstaad, which was becoming increasingly popular with jet-setters in the 60s. Taylor entertained a slew of stars at Chalet Ariel, including Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and Roger Moore, and retained ownership of the property after divorcing Fisher in 1964.


↑ Taylor was enamored with the snows of the Swiss Alps, but that didn't keep her from sunning herself on occasion. For those purposes, she and fifth husband Richard Burton splashed out for not one, but two, villas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Joined by a bridge modeled after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice (above), the residences were operated as a bed-and-breakfast, after Taylor sold the property in 1990, before it fell into disrepair.

Photo: dbking/Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bootbearwdc/215151711/#/)

↑ In 1976, Taylor fell in love with Virginia politician John Warner and shacked up with him at his 2,700-acre Atoka Farm and his Georgetown pied-a-terre, a lavish red brick Georgian (above) near the famous Dumbarton Oaks estate. Warner's long hours as a U.S. Senator led to their divorce in 1982, and Taylor soon moved back to the West Coast.


↑ Since the early '80s, Taylor had been living in this stealthy two-story in Bel Air, Calif. Shrouded in trees and located at the end of a long driveway, the private home looks to be a fitting getaway for the aging starlet. Her bedroom occupied the entire second floor of the house, which is reportedly furnished with 18th-century antiques, Aubusson carpets, and an impressive collection of Impressionist paintings.


↑ While spending much of her time in L.A., Taylor also kept a house for a time in Palm Springs, a seven-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot spread that she used for frequent entertaining. Today, the house regularly hosts weddings for couples drawn to the celebrity history and stunning grounds of the 1.5-acre property. In 2010, the home changed hands for $5.2M.


March 25th, 2011, 10:23 AM
the biggest studio earner in the 30's..... shirley temple. obviously not a sex symbol but she was part of the old movie studio system as was liz. most people who first hit after the war/50's were not.

March 25th, 2011, 11:19 AM
The "studio system" was broken in 1944 by Olivia De Havilland. She's to the Hollywood film industry what Curt Flood is to baseball.

Her lawsuit against Warner Bros resulted in what is still called The De Havilland Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Law).

March 25th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Broken but not completely dismantled until decades later. Sharon Gless was a contract player for Universal into the early '80's.

March 25th, 2011, 11:41 AM
The point wasn't about signing contracts, in which each party has obligations.

The studio system held actors beyond the terms of a contract. If an actor refused a role that he/she thought wasn't right for them, the actor was "suspended" for the time the film was produced. That time was added to the end of the contract. In theory, an actor could be held to a contract forever if they continually refused roles.

March 25th, 2011, 12:36 PM
I first went to Puerto Vallarta during XMas break in the mid-60s (friends and family started going down there in the late 50s for the great fishing). At that time there was only 1 traffic light and just 3 cabs in the whole town.

One day, while sitting down below drinking an orange Fanta (outside where that blue wall and doorway are), I saw ET walk across that bridge. it was like a vision.

A few minutes later a car arrived out front, and David Frost and Carole Lynley got out and went into the villa on the left. A few moments later they appeared on a balcony above with Burton. All three had cocktails in hand. Not sure where Liz was.

Back then in PV you could drink at about any age and get into any bar. One local beachfront joint was a favorite of ET's kids. Not a bad way to spend a winter's evening for a kid from the burbs.


↑ Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Joined by a bridge modeled after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice (above)

March 25th, 2011, 01:10 PM
^At the time, did you get any ideas about following her?

March 25th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Seeing her from afar was A-OK. And I didn't see her out and about.

March 26th, 2011, 09:56 PM

March 27th, 2011, 08:35 AM
^ That is the studio system....ending in 1949.

The star system however existed until the 1960's:

"The star system was the method of creating, promoting and exploiting movie stars in Classical Hollywood cinema."

"Decline of the star system

From the 1930s to the 1960s, it was somewhat regular for studios to arrange the contractual exchange of talent (directors, actors) for prestige pictures. Stars would sometimes pursue these swaps themselves. Stars were becoming selective. Although punished and frowned upon by studio heads, several strong-willed stars received studio censure & publicity for refusing certain parts, on the belief that they knew better than the studio heads about the parts that were right for them. In one instance, Jane Greer negotiated her contract out of Howard Hawk's hands over the limp roles he had been foisting on her. Olivia de Havilland and Bette Davis both sued their studios to be free of their gag orders (Davis lost, de Havilland won). After completing The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe walked out on 20th Century Fox and only returned when they acquiesced to her contract demands. The publicity accompanying these incidents fostered a growing suspicion among actors that a system more like being a free agent would be more personally beneficial to them than the fussy, suffocating star system. The studio-system instrument Photoplay gave way to the scandal-mongering Confidential. In 1959 Shirley Maclaine would sue famed producer Hal Wallis over a contractual dispute. This suit was another nail in the coffin. By the 1960s the days of the star system were numbered."


It was no longer quite in the manner of old-time Hollywood, but the Tab Hunters and the Sandra Dees were still products of that system.

March 29th, 2011, 06:29 AM
I think she does look a little like Shirley MacLaine now.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Ex-Double Reflects on Passing of a Star





The morning that Elizabeth Taylor died, Phyllis Shelton received nearly half a dozen calls before noon. She took the news last week harder than most.

After all, Ms. Shelton had been on the set with Ms. Taylor in Italy when “Cleopatra” was filmed, ridden a horse for “Reflections in a Golden Eye” and honeymooned at the Mexican Riviera house that Ms. Taylor owned with Richard Burton.

For years she had been Ms. Taylor’s film double — and nearly her spitting image — as a young woman in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and friends were calling to share the news.

“It was beautiful in the fact that this was some girl I’d always admired, mainly because she loved horses and I was some horse freak, and who would ever know I’d grow up looking like her, so that was a real treat,” Ms. Shelton said.

“It made me very nostalgic. It was kind of the end of an era.”

Now, Ms. Shelton, who refuses to divulge her age — she is, in fact, a few years younger than Ms. Taylor — lives in a former gristmill in Flanders, N.J., and is a longtime sales agent for Weichert Realtors.

But when Ms. Shelton was in her 20s, radiant with short hair and a porcelain complexion, she was competing in pageants in her native Kentucky when someone noticed her strong resemblance to Ms. Taylor and asked her to move to California.

Ms. Shelton, who had grown up riding horses and watching the equestrian-themed “National Velvet,” one of Ms. Taylor’s first movies, said the connection was instant. Their first meeting, she said, “was kind of funny.”

“We just looked at each other and laughed,” Ms. Shelton said. “She had a great sense of humor. She was spoiled, but who wouldn’t be spoiled if you were raised like that?”

Once in Hollywood, Ms. Shelton had her brown hair darkened a few shades and her front teeth capped, and used colored contact lenses to transform her “green as they can get” eyes into the violet eyes for which Ms. Taylor was so famous.

She was the movie star’s double in “Cleopatra,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Suddenly, Last Summer” and “BUtterfield 8,” for which Ms. Taylor won one of her two Academy Awards for best actress.

Ms. Shelton started doing distance shots, but as Ms. Taylor developed a series of health problems, she was able to pick up extra work.

On the “Cleopatra” set, she also witnessed the early romantic sparks between Ms. Taylor and her co-star, Mr. Burton, whom Ms. Taylor married twice. “I saw that little affair take place,” Ms. Shelton said. “They started it. They took one look at each other and, like my aunt says, ‘Thunder and lightning!’ That’s why the scenes were so good. They would stay out half the night.”

Ms. Shelton added: “They always did have a thing for each other. Even when they fought and broke up, there was always a connection there.”

Ms. Shelton says she was taller than Ms. Taylor, who was also “heavier and much better endowed,” but pictures of them show that the resemblance was striking — and it extended down to their love of men.

“We were alike in that way,” Ms. Shelton said, laughing. “I hate to admit it. We had more than one husband. But she outdid me, she outnumbered me.”

Doubles often toiled in obscurity, with little or no official credit, and Ms. Shelton was no exception. She also modeled and acted in commercials and television shows. “All I really did was come on and bring gifts to people, bring them onstage, that sort of thing, but it made me a lot of money,” she said.

And more important, she added, she found her identity in New York.

Still, her Hollywood life afforded her some perks. When Ms. Shelton married her second husband, Ms. Taylor offered the lavish house she shared with Mr. Burton in Puerto Vallarta for the honeymoon.

“She was like that,” Ms. Shelton said. “If she barely knew you and liked you, she would do anything for you. She had money and she would do it.”

But as the two women grew older, their looks — and their lives — diverged.

“We used to look just alike, and now we don’t,” Ms. Shelton said. “She had a lot of fun in her days, and I did too, but in doing so, she abused herself in some ways.”

These days, Ms. Shelton is often told she looks a lot like another Hollywood leading lady.
“I’ve heard people say Shirley MacLaine, but I can’t believe it,” Ms. Shelton said. “How can somebody look like one person, and then as you get older, you look like another person?”


March 29th, 2011, 08:53 AM
Ah, check out the video, gorgeous :)

Flashback: Elizabeth Taylor's Husband Spotted Canoodling With Sammy Davis, Jr.'s Wife!


Last week Elizabeth Taylor died at the age of 79, and since then plenty of stories and images have resurfaced. Here is the actress pictured in New York City in 1964—with her are Sammy Davis Jr., his wife May Britt, and Richard Burton. Burton was her 5th husband, whom she married that year... though it's unclear if the wedding took place before or after he made the moves on another woman!

This photo is from a series of images from LIFE magazine (http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&biw=1873&bih=821&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=sammy+davis+ny+source%3Alife&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=), documenting Sammy Davis, Jr.'s life around New York. Below you can watch Davis, Taylor, and Burton together, from around the same time period.



March 29th, 2011, 09:39 AM
I saw Burton play King Arthur in Camelot back in the 80's here in NYC (with the great Christine Ebersole as Guinevere). His final scene was tremendous. Afterwards, coming up from the subterranean backstage dressing rooms, I found myself with him and a few others in an elevator. I was amazed how un-tall he was (I probably should write "short" but it just seems wrong). On stage he seemed a giant.

March 29th, 2011, 06:07 PM
Re: Liz double

Another "double" (of a different kind) was Joan Collins. There were various actresses being promoted as answers to Marylin Monroe... Joan Collins was 20th Century Fox's answer to Elizabeth Taylor... or at least that was the idea.

In 1954:


In 2008 at 75½ years old:

March 29th, 2011, 10:08 PM
She only wishes it were so.

March 29th, 2011, 11:01 PM
^^ is there even a real face still there under all that pancake?!



May 5th, 2011, 02:46 PM
so last night I figured I'd start watching Cleopatra because I had never seen it (a bit before my time).
I didn't make it all the way through (it was late) but I did get to the scene where she enters Rome. Talk about traveling in style! This was so much fun.


October 11th, 2012, 09:46 PM
Wwwwwwwha??? Then again after hearing some of the stories about her, some might think, only three?

Elizabeth Taylor had threesome with JFK and actor Robert Stack, affair with Ronald Reagan when she was a teen: book

A new tell-all book alleges that a skinny-dipping session involving Hollywood legend Liz Taylor, President John F. Kennedy and the actor Robert Stack escalated into a three-way for the ages.

By Stephen Rex Brown (http://wirednewyork.com/authors?author=Stephen Rex Brown) / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 3:55 PM

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1181026.1349985089!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/liz12n-3-web.jpg Elizabeth Taylor had quite the active sex life, claims the co-author of 'Elizabeth Taylor: There is Nothing Like a Dame.'

And you thought Lindsay Lohan had a wild life.
A new tell-all book alleges that a skinny-dipping session involving Hollywood legend Liz Taylor (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Elizabeth+Taylor), President John F. Kennedy and the actor Robert Stack (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Robert+Stack) escalated into a three-way for the ages.
“JFK was known for swimming in the nude. He and Stack did it all the time,” said Darwin Porter, co-author of “Elizabeth Taylor: There is Nothing Like a Dame.”
“This one got a little wild,” Porter said.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR: A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND'S LIFE IN PICTURES (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/liz-taylor-a-hollywood-legend-life-pictures-daily-news-photo-archive-gallery-1.1109328)
And that’s only the beginning of the salacious details in Porter’s book.
The actress also got frisky with Ronald Reagan when she was only a teen and he was 36.
“Reagan was treating me like a grown woman, and that thrilled me. We sat on his sofa and I could tell he wanted to get it on but he seemed reluctant to make the first move,” an excerpt of the book reads, according to the London Daily Express (http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/351433/Elizabeth-Taylor-s-romances-with-Ronald-Reagan-and-John-F-Kennedy-exposed-in-tell-all/). “I became the aggressor.”
http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1181021!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/liz12n-8-web.jpgRonald Reagan in the movie 'Knute Rockne-All American.'

The tales from between the sheets reflect the 75-year-old Porter’s obsession with Taylor, who has captivated him for 68 years.
“She was a little girl who was old before her time,” said Porter, known for writing celebrity bios.
And if even half of the gossip is true, it gives an eye-openingview of the golden age actress.
“Everyone who I came into contact with, from Mary Astor to Tallulah Bankhead, had a tale to relate about Elizabeth — either good or bad, often a combination of both,” the writer said.
No kidding.
The list of who laid down with Liz is almost as long as the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Actor Robert Stack was known for playing crime fighter Eliot Ness in the TV series 'The Untouchables.'

The book alleges she lost her virginity to the actor Peter Lawford, with whom she appeared in the 1949 classic “Little Women.” She was 17 at the time, he was 26.
Later she would have dalliances with actor Farley Granger and the Brooklyn-born singer Vic Damone, the book claims.
She had an affair with Frank Sinatra, got pregnant and had an abortion at his insistence, the book claims.
Later on Errol Flynn and Paul Newman shacked up with the starlet, the book reports.
“It’s a view of a great American movie star that wasn’t able to be portrayed at the time,” said Danforth Prince, co-author and publisher of the book.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/liz-taylor-love-romps-article-1.1181033#ixzz292qC4A4G