RIP: Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011)

Elizabeth Taylor

For all of the many beautiful women in Hollywood, there are but a few who manage to define beauty… and Elizabeth Taylor was one of them.  With her violet eyes, sensual presence and many marriages, Taylor captivated both movie audiences and men in general for the better part of the last half of the twentieth century.  Today the legendary screen actress has passed away due to congestive heart failure at the age of 79.

Winner of two Academy Awards and star of countless films (actually… not countless… she appeared 70 times in film and TV according to IMDB) she came into the public eye as a child star and morphed into one of Hollywood’s greatest assets.  Starring in such classics as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the all time classic fiasco Cleopatra, Taylor was one of the last great actresses of Hollywood’s golden era.

My associations with her however have much more to do with her later life and activism.  For me, she was always the dame of old Hollywood, the woman with eight marriages and seven husbands, Maggie Simpson’s voice for one word and after her friend Rock Hudson’s death from AIDS she became a tireless activist for fighter for AIDS research helping to start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) as well as her own foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF)… not to mention being Michael Jackson’s “date” at various times in the 80s.

Today many eulogies will be spoken in her honor… many condolences… I will simply say, rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor.

Cornelius J. Blahg

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