So, as a special Friday afternoon treat, we have for you a selection of Elizabeth Taylor’s finest moments from her long career. First up is this one, the trailer for 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof', which pretty much sums up why she was such a star. Sigh.
Taylor won the Oscar for best actress in 1961 for her role in Butterfield 8, and this second clip is of her, looking completely draw-droppingly gorgeous, accepting the award from Yul Brynner. In spite of her polished appearance, Taylor’s appearance at the Oscars came only a few months after she had fallen ill with pneumonia on the set of Cleopatra in London, when she became so unwell that at one stage she was pronounced dead. In fact, you can see the scar from the emergency tracheotomy she was given as she speaks.
Next up is this clip from the 1981 Tony awards, where Taylor was presenting, rather than receiving, an award. 1981 was an important year for Taylor because she had reignited her acting career with a move to Broadway – in spite of having acted since she was nine, her Broadway debut came as she approached 50. We love this clip, because it shows how brilliantly engaging Elizabeth was off screen as well as on it. At the end of the below video is footage of Elizabeth presenting an award at the Golden Globes in 2001 when, aged 69, she was a sparkly and witty as ever. 'I'm new at this!', she exclaims when she reads from the wrong envelope. J'adore.
In the 1990s, Taylor again experienced a resurgence in her career and – of course – her love life when she met her last husband, Larry Fortensky, who she married in 1991. Aside from the amazoid rock-chick leather jacket and massive hair combo Liz is sporting here, the other thing we love is her reply when she’s asked about marrying a younger man by Carson. 'All my husbands stay the same age’, she says. Brillz.
By the end of her life, Taylor was confined to a wheelchair, although she had lost none of her trademark sparkle. Sporting the 33 karat diamond ring that was a gift from Richard Burton, Taylor responds to an interviewer’s suggestion that she might marry her companion Jason Winters with typical understated and low-key charm. LOVE.
- Alex Butt