I was about five years old when Elizabeth Taylor’s film Elephant Walk was being advertised on TV. I thought there was something odd about the fact that the ads said “Staring Elizabeth Taylor.” The star wasn’t a man. There must be something special about her.
There were many things special about Liz. Perhaps the violet eyes or the double eyelashes, whatever, something gave the child a look beyond her years and the woman an unmatched beauty.
While some Hollywood stars are merely famous for being famous, Liz had notoriety and talent. She won two Oscars for Best Actress and, with Montgomery Clift, made A Place in the Sun a film classic. She was seventeen when she made that film.
Now that she is gone, there are two important points about her for me. One, the paparazzi like nonsense around her is gone and, two, what remains is the film record of her outstanding talent and magnificent beauty.