Elizabeth Taylor may have been the last Star, the last creation of the dream factory who will be remembered as much for her divorces, diamonds and dry-outs as for her films
Elizabeth Taylor made more than 50 films, won two Oscars, was a grandmother at 39 and was married eight times to seven men. A woman of exceptional physical beauty, Taylor grew into the most photographed film star of all time. Other love goddesses such as Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner were not in the same league in terms of public and press attention. Everything she did was news.
One of the films I remember most was with Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It was a scalding performance that scraped paint off the walls.
What Taylor films have you seen?
Is there a “star” male or female in Hollywood today that has a bigger profile than Taylor did in her day? Who?
I can think of Maggie Smith and Judi Densch but they don’t come near to Taylor.
I saw Richard Burton play Hamlet on the stage in New York. I think he may have been hung over
Is there anyone in film-land who takes up the space that Taylor filled in her day?
Was Taylor the last of the greats?
What do you think?