12 thoughts on “WCW: Elizabeth Taylor

  1. More than anyone else, she is the mother of “I don’t care if its period, I want to show off my rack”, but I still can’t hate.

      1. Dangling in the Tudor rack is the pearl La Peregrina, once owned by Mary I (gift from Philip II of Spain).

        A side note, Taylor’s career could have started in 1939, when a friend of her mother told her to take her child to MGM to apply for the role of Bonnie Blue Butler in ‘Gone With The Wind’ because of her resemblance to Vivien Leigh.

  2. Loved her — at least on screen. Offscreen, the two-headed monster, the Lizandick, was a bit much to take. Fortunately, she outgrew it. Fave role has to be Rebecca in “Ivanhoe.” I’ve always had a thing for fair skin and dark hair.

    1. I did love their fire — wouldn’t want to be near it in reality, but I admired how brutally honest their connection always seemed, onscreen & off.

  3. I have one favourite costume drama Ms Taylor was in. Taming of the Shrew with all the glorious Daniel Donati costumes. The others I like are Ivanhoe, Rain tree County & Anne of a Thousand Days. With the movie was told from Anne’s viewpoint as the play was. But Henry VIII was Burton…

  4. “Not a historical costume movie, but she played an actress who performed a Shakespearean role, providing scenes of La Liz in Elizabethan costume.”

    Actually, “The Mirror Crack’d” was set in 1953 (with a flashback to WWII), so the whole film was technically a period piece (attempt):


    (Again with that “I want my entire head turned into a floral arrangement” thing. Didn’t she even get married like that once?)

    And her character is playing Mary, Queen of Scots in a costume film opposite Kim Novak’s character as Elizabeth I:


    Novak even sports an attempt at an Elizabethan pair of bodies in one scene:


    “Opposite then-husband Burton, this is pretty much the hottest version of Shakespeare’s play ever.”

    Nowhere near as good a production, but I’d personally give “hottest version” of “The Taming of the Shrew” to the 1976 ACT production that ran on PBS, starring Marc Singer and– uh, Marc Singer’s abs:


    (And Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson were pretty darn hot in the “TotS” scenes in “Kiss Me Kate”…)

    My personal favorite Liz “historical costume” movie would have to be “Cleopatra,” because if you can’t get period accuracy, go for broke and make it look like it was designed by a team of stoned drag queens.

  5. Shrew, no contest. From the same team as ’68’s Romeo and Juliet. Costumes, sets, music–all gorgeous. And it’s hilarious! I think Elizabeth did quite well with Shakespeare, and Burton was, of course, magnificent. The “chubby Burtons” took some heat from reviewers. Yeah. We should all be fat like her. One of the greatest screen beauties.

  6. (And Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson were pretty darn hot in the “TotS” scenes in “Kiss Me Kate”…) My favourite Howard Keel film. No, hang on, Kismet [we walked down the aisle to ‘Night of my Nights’]. No, 7 brides. Dammit. Hang on, TIGHTS in Kiss me Kate, so that wins.

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