Goodnight Cleopatra.

Mar 24, 2011 | Beauty and Style | 15 comments

Well, I am pausing for a moment to remember a great and beautiful talent.
Elizabeth Taylor.
I am an “old” Hollywood junkie and spent much of my twenties devouring every book and documentary I could on my favorite stars (none of them modest ladies like my previous post extols!).  But boy you learn a lot read those old bios and autobiographies…
Despite her crazy personal life Elizabeth Taylor is one of my favorite actresses to watch.  (And honestly the woman whose appearance I would say I covet most – I mean in her youth she was GORGEOUS was she not???
I won’t give you a mini-bio.  That is easily enough found online but I will say, this weekend if it’s been a long time since you watched a Taylor film in honor of the violet eyed beauty why don’t you pop one in?

Her work with Richard Burton is like firecrackers… The Taming of the Shrew and I
I LOVE Cleopatra (the stories behind the production are full of drama too)
and if you have been reading Parisienne Farmgirl for the last couple years you know Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of my all time favorite movies.  Elizabeth’s raw passion threatens to consume you thru the screen as she acted the role in the throws of the real life mourning her “one true love” Mike Todd who died in a plane crash early in production.  CHTR is an incredible Tennessee Williams play turned movie with an all star cast – everyone’s acting will make you wonder what happened to true talent.  The pain is profound and the humor is subtle but enough to stick with you.  Maggie the Cat is a character I just LOVE.  In fact, that’s a self appointed nickname for me in this house – me being ornery -n- all.  
“Maggie the Cat is ALIVE!”
In fact, I think I’ll watch a bit after hitting “post”.  
I know she’s not everyones cup of tea – but what’s your Taylor favorite movie?
The Queen is dead.
Long live the Queen.
All images found on Google.

15 Comments

  1. Deb

    Did you think I had left your blog forever??? Of course not, silly! I’ve been quietly sitting in a corner reading every post. I just don’t have a lot to say…until one of these kinds of posts!
    When I lived outside of DC, I met a young man who had been a delivery driver for a drugstore. This was during the time Elizabeth Taylor was married to the Senator (Warren..Warner?? Whatever.) Anyway, she was past her movie making years, was “old and overweight” and he said to me, totally without any prompt whatever, “I handed her the bag and when she gave me the money, I looked her in the face and really, she was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in my life. No makeup that I could tell, but so beautiful. I’ll always remember being surprised at how she looked…” He was 17 and more interested in baseball than girls for the most part, and was usually quiet and had little to say. She made quite an impression!!

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  2. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Deb, How ironic. I was just thinking about YOU! Thanks for you comment you sweet lady! I hope all is well and blessed in your neck of the woods!

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  3. Kalee

    I have something horrible to admit. I grew up watching old movies, but have never seen an Elizabeth Taylor film. I should probably remedy this.

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  4. Jenny

    I have to catch CHTR, being an old movie buff myself and never having watched the whole thing through. I guess I would pick National Velvet as it is the movie I have seen most recently and she is utterly adorable and even then quite the beauty.

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  5. Sherri

    I did hear that Elizabeth Taylor had passed away yesterday. What a great loss! Her life was a whirlwind and certainly exciting. She will be great missed!

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  6. Stephanie

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was magnificent. She was so beautiful. I also liked her in Father of the Bride, so sweet and innocent back then.

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  7. claudia b

    she really was a star, no? a true star, none of this reality celebrity no-talent hags that abound nowadays. love her love her love her!

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  8. Theanne and Baron

    Hands down…Cat on a Hot Tin Roof! My favorite quote from this movie: Maggie says, “……A child is coming, sired by Brick out of Maggie the cat…….”

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  9. Adrienne

    There has never been a time in my life when Elizabeth was not there. It’s like losing a friend.

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  10. Glenda

    I felt the loss yesterday. I like you, loved Elizabeth Taylor. I loved her movies, and I loved watching her being interviewed. I remember watching an interview and her saying Mike Todd was her greatest love. If I was to pick out the two movies I love the most, by far it would be Giant, and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf. From one extreme to another, but that’s what made her the greatest. Thanks for the tribute.
    ~G~

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  11. Bohemian

    I wuld have to say the movie GIANT… the all star lineup in that one was pretty impressive!

    Dawn… The Bohemian

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  12. The Not So Perfect Housewife

    I posted about her too.. I’m an old movie lover also. So sad to know she’s gone.. but what movies she left behind for us to enjoy!!

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  13. Curtains In My Tree

    I agree the Queen is dead Long live the Queen Elizabeth Taylor
    was the most beautiful woman.

    I wish we had seen more of her the last 20 years.

    If only I could have been that beautiful. She was special to have been that beautiful all her life.

    Also I think she really enjoyed her life

    Janice

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  14. French Basketeer.com

    I have an affinity for Giant. I will watch for a TCM marathon; all I can say is yes, Wow, she was the Queen, amazing and riveting personally and professionally… Thank you for a wonderful post to remind of that. I posted today on Deneuve; how do you think she stacks up, I wonder?? xxoo A

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  15. Happy Homemaker UK

    I have to admit I haven’t seen any, but I am intrigued…

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