When I think of Elizabeth Taylor, I think of my Mother, let me explain; ever since I was a little kid, Liz and my Mother seemed to be living in two different worlds yet shared very similar life experiences and illness problems later in life. Sometimes the cards piled up against Liz and it seemed she wasn’t dealt a fair hand, and I could hear my mother saying, “Oh, poor Liz, I feel for her. I would love to talk with her because it seems she and I would understand each other”.
I know a lot of people feel like Liz Taylor was family to them or an inspiration; her lavish and amazing lifestyle and career were what motivated a generation. She was such a huge star that everyone feels such a strong connection to her.
You can maybe try to compare her to one of today’s new Hollywood generation crop of starlets or socialites like Paris Hilton, one of her relations, but there is no one like Liz! A lot of Hollywood’s Movie A listers claim what a huge influence she was on them and some of them may even copy her style, but to be the first of your kind is very hard to duplicate.
Beside the fact that Mom and Liz both were Pisces; they both liked lavender, they were loving and caring yet brutally honest at times, and a somewhat resemblance that in some photos was “spooky” to me… Liz would have been my Mom’s doppelganger for Face Book!
I remember Liz at a Halloween event I attended in 1998 called “Dream Halloween Children Affected by AIDS Event” at Barker Hanger at The Santa Monica Airport. She was platinum blonde! She had everyone at this event on their feet applauding when she took to the stage. She was the Fairy Godmother of AIDS causes! This was an amazing appearance for her since in 1997 she underwent brain surgery for a benign tumor. I actually couldn’t believe how great Liz looked sans her famous teased hair in her LIFE Magazine post brain tumor operation photo spread! At the event many A list stars showed up in Halloween costumes, like Jamie Lee Curtis in her “Cat” Costume. I remember when Jamie Lee was coming off the red carpet and she was twirling her cat tail and walked up to me and “purred”! Jamie is fun and never takes herself too seriously!
Liz was a very private woman, yet was very sweet and friendly and down to earth once she let you in her world. I first met Liz when she was married to Larry Fortensky. I remember Larry Fortensky and I talking one time, he just rolled in from Palm Springs and was absolutely “smitten” with Liz. Larry was not the typical “Hollywood” type of guy that you think Liz would have been with, but in reality, Larry was what she liked and needed… at that time! Liz had so many marriages to “dream guys” like Conrad Hilton, Eddie Fisher which sparked a war with Debbie Reynolds, Richard Burton and so on, that made every woman in the world dream what would it be like to have been her.
Although, Liz could be brutally honest and be a “broad” at times, and this is what made her so unique. She was strong, yet weak at times.
Her weight gains and losses made news as well as her fashion and hair choices. Her famous mole even made news! Funny, I have a mole on the same side of my face like hers, as so did my grandmother! Hmm, coincidence? Joking of course!
Whether you liked Liz for her acting, persona, charity work, her “White Diamonds” perfumes, or heck you just liked “Her”, she is a legendary lady and “STAR”… yes, all capitals,… and she will be greatly missed. I am sure she will never be forgotten, how could she?
The list of movies that she will be immortalized in; “National Velvet”, “Giant”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf”, “These Old Broads” her last movie, and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and of course my personal favorite “Cleopatra”, just to name some.
The funeral for Elizabeth Taylor was held yesterday, Thursday March 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM, 15 minutes “fashionable late” per Liz’s instructions. It was a private service at the same cemetery where Michael Jackson and in the same Mausoleum as Jackson.
I remember a month before my Mother passed away she called me and Liz came up in the conversation because Liz was admitted to the hospital. My Mother said to me “I wonder who will die first, Liz or me?” Anyway, Liz is gone and she will be greatly missed. Legends Never Die.
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NOTE FROM ROSE: Daniel I have a feeling perhaps Liz and your mother Rita are visiting tonight. Wonder what the two of them are chatting about.
March 25, 2011
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