Posted by medusamorlock on March 24, 2011
Note: Please read fellow Morlock Kimberly’s wonderful appreciation of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor who died today, Wednesday, March 23, 2010, at the age of 79. Her post is beautiful! But since Morlocks clearly think alike sometimes, I also did a post at just about the same exact moment as Kimberly, and here it is:
Whether you thought she was a great actress or just a movie star, you have to admit she was THE movie star for a generation of moviegoers. From her debut as a little girl of 10, through her star-making MGM years, then into the years of crazy international stardom and oodles of publicity for her colorful and passionate off-screen life, Elizabeth Taylor held a fascination for the public nearly unequalled even today. It was a different time, of course, when Elizabeth Taylor ruled the headlines, a slightly more genteel time when beautiful movie stars maybe stole husbands from each other, but refrained from publicly exposing themselves quite the way it’s done today.
Many of us know a lot about Elizabeth Taylor’s life already, and those of us that don’t will certainly find out from the articles about her death. I think we’ll all find that despite it all — the crazy life almost totally lived out in front of the camera — that Elizabeth Taylor was a decent human being, with a large heart for many causes and a genuine interest in the world. Instead of rehashing her life at this point, I think it’s more important to reflect on the face of Elizabeth Taylor, that beautiful face that so hypnotized the audience and kept her career going forward for so many decades. So here are some more photos from my stash of early 1950s news snapshots, all of Elizabeth Taylor, and all of them intriguing.
For information on “Operation Starlift” check out this great article from the Jimmy Doolittle Museum.
For the whole story behind her Harvard Lampoon honor — actually she got two from them in 1951 — read this funny little article from Time Magazine of March 12, 1951.
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011.
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