Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

FURIOUS LOVE by Sam Kashner and Nancy SchoenbergerThe news this morning that Elizabeth Taylor died was not surprising—she had been ill for several years with congestive heart failure, and throughout her life she had valiantly fought a litany of maladies—but it was nevertheless still very sad and poignant since Taylor's death truly symbolizes the last of the old Hollywood vanguard of glamour stars that are now gone. Taylor was world famous from the time she was a child, starring in Lassie Come Home and National Velvet. Her astounding beauty was legendary—those violet eyes!, and did you know that she had a genetic mutation that gave her two rows of eyelashes?—and her eight marriages and love of all things big and expensive and sparkling made her irresistible catnip for the tabloids and paparazzi. The man she will always be linked with is Welsh actor Richard Burton. Theirs was a relationship that was so tempestuous and over the top that they married each other twice—talk about drama! Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger deliciously documents the larger-than-life outrageous passion that was Taylor and Burton.

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