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Old 03-24-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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She is the third in the line of recent celebrities to pass away--Jack LaLanne and Jane Russell having preceded her in recent months. Sadly, I think she is close to being the last one of her era of movie STARS--none of the present group of those in the entertainment field come even close to having the class of that group. Olivia deHavilland may be the only one left alive from that era.

A retired nurse friend of mine knew Elizabeth Taylor as a patient many decades ago when she was an in-patient at a California hospital. He said she was a pleasure to take care of--she was not demanding and both she and her then husband, Richard Burton, treated everyone with kindness and respect.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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Cucunu Beach is right. Taylor was one of the huge stars of the silver screen in her era. Good call on DiHaviland, at 94 years of age she undoubtedly is the last one.

Talk about an illustrious career, being involved in motion pictures going back to when FDR was president. Elizabeth Taylor was class.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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enjoyed that! She was so beautiful--stunningly beautiful.
However,man that outfit she had on was not suitable for a 22 year old. More for one much older.
That outfit was very chic for a 22 year old in that time.....it was classy and very chic. Geez....How old are you? Just because young women bounce around half naked today, doesn't mean that's how a 22 year old should dress back then.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gR-vU44gd4

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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She isn't American (although made it big in American movies) but it seems to me that Sophia Loren could be the last big star. Lauren Bacall and Debby Reynolds are still around as well. True none of them was quite as big as Taylor. Taylor was in the same class as Jackie and Marilyn.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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Oh how sad. My aunt just happened to be walking down Michigan Ave in Chicago one day when she saw Taylor sitting in a parked limosine. This was back in the 60's.

Mt aunt was just stunned by Taylor's beauty in person. She said the neither film nor still photos did her justice.

Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the gusty, galmorous dames.
I saw her several times in person over a span of years. She was stunning.

One thing that always impressed me was how she treated people. When she was married to Larry Fortensky they used to go to a BBQ place that was just a hole-in-the wall frequented by neighborhood folk and construction workers. Someone I knew used to see her there and he said she came in and expected to be treated like everyone else. No, "I'm a celebrity!" Just paper napkins, and a few dirty jokes and a lunch time spent like she lived down the street.

I saw her on stage in "Little Foxes". The audience let out a huge, collective gasp when she made her entrance. Her *Presence* was stunning. She came on stage and it was, "OMG this is a STAR!"

And for what she did to educate the world on AIDS/HIV and for the money she raised..."God bless you, Elizabeth!"
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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She isn't American (although made it big in American movies) but it seems to me that Sophia Loren could be the last big star. Lauren Bacall and Debby Reynolds are still around as well. True none of them was quite as big as Taylor. Taylor was in the same class as Jackie and Marilyn.
Sophia Loren is my next very-close second screen idol (after Liz). although I was an adult before I opened my eyes to her.

There is Ann-Margaret, too. Her acting wasn't in the same level as Taylor and Loren, but she was very beautiful and could sing and dance. And she's become a great actress in later years. I've always considered Ann the last of the great classic screen beauties.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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That outfit was very chic for a 22 year old in that time.....it was classy and very chic. Geez....How old are you? Just because young women bounce around half naked today, doesn't mean that's how a 22 year old should dress back then.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gR-vU44gd4

That was a maternity outfit!!!

(She was pregnant.)
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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She isn't American (although made it big in American movies) but it seems to me that Sophia Loren could be the last big star. Lauren Bacall and Debby Reynolds are still around as well. True none of them was quite as big as Taylor. Taylor was in the same class as Jackie and Marilyn.
You are right. How could I forget Lauren Bacall and Debbie Reynolds? Both of them classy ladies.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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You are right. How could I forget Lauren Bacall and Debbie Reynolds? Both of them classy ladies.
Cunucu thanks for the reminder I had completely forgotten about those ladiesAll classy in my book
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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The actresses/stars of today can barely hold a candle to Liz. She was one of those rare creatures that was blessed by God with true beauty - both inside and out. She could literally make me gasp at how beautiful she was in just a slip in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. No plastic surgery or needles required to enhance this lady!

She also lived life in a way I admire. At times recklessly and to excess - but seriously - you only get one shot. Enjoy it. Liz seems to have lived following this quote and had a great time doing it. Rest in Peace - you were one in a million!

“Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely, in one pretty and well-preserved piece, but to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out and defiantly shouting ‘Geronimo!!!’”
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