Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor - Feburary 27th 1932 - March 23, 2011

Wasn't she beautiful???

Image from Second Hand Shopper Blog
I must admit, when I heard via twitter from @felsull about Elizabeth Taylor's passing my I was a little sad. I know, she hasn't been around too much but she's one of those icons I grew up knowing about. I'll fully admit I never was able to get through Cleopatra, but her version of Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew was one of my favorite "based on a play" movies when I was younger.I watched it over and over when we rented it from Blockbuster while I was reading the play. I thought it was so much fun!

White Diamonds

I think it's the first fragrance commercial I ever remember. I remember Elizabeth Taylor handing a handful of lumpy diamonds to someone one saying "These have always brought me luck" with aristocratic affected English accent and going "Oh dear... that's dreadful" along with "How can costume jewelry be lucky?"  But a part of me will always associate Elizabeth Taylor with full on glamor, which is what I think these commercials were trying to show.Watching the commercial again, it's just so cheesy and campy. But the nostalgia makes is warm and fuzzy, right?

My Most Recent Elizabeth Taylor Memory
"Who's the most beautiful girl in the world?!?"

Yeah, I have to go there... I mean no disrespect, just giving you what I associate with "Elizabeth Taylor". Whenever I hear her name what runs through my head is Charlotte and Harry trying to name "Ms. Dandyridge Brandywine" and Charlotte saying "Who is the prettiest girl in the world?" and the slow dawning of realization on her face as she and Harry say "Elizabeth Taylor!"

Of course, along with giving a beautiful dog that name on a show like Sex and The City means that the dog is going to be subject to several rather ridiculous jokes. Like "Elizabeth Taylor" getting gang banged in the park by a bunch of mutts. I remember thinking "doesn't anyone listen to Bob Barker? Spay a neuter your pets!"

Anyway, please feel free to share your Elizabeth Taylor memories and thoughts below. She will be missed!