Mar 23, 2011

The Passing of a True Hollywood Legend

Elizabeth Taylor died today at the age of 79. She was one, if not, the most beautiful screen legends of our time and a trailblazer onscreen and in her personal life. As one of the greatest actresses of our time she is known for her fiery roles in Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Taming of the Shrew, and BUtterfield 8. Dame Elizabeth was best known, however, for her penchant for jewels, marriages, and her glamorous Hollywood life. She married eight different times (twice to Richard Burton who is considered the love of her life) and captivated the the paparazzi and her fans with her dramatic personal life and screen presence. Her full-throttle love affairs, divorces, and marriages intrigued the world as did her unapologetic pursuit at finding happiness and love on her own terms. She blended her public and private persona as one and lived her life for the world to see. She was truly a star. She also deeply cared about her organizations and devoted much of her time and energy to AIDS-related charities including helping to start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR).

Elizabeth Taylor never did anything subtly. She wore big jewels, glitzy over the top outfits and accessories, alluring makeup that accentuated her trademark exotic eyes, and big Hollywood hair. Her public life and loves were also for the world to see and no matter what she did, it was done without a sense of fear or need to please others.

Her beauty, grace, and captivating violet-eyed stare have made her one of the most iconic figures of the 21st century. The Oscar winning actress defined glamour and will be forever remembered as one of the original and most recognizable sex symbols and beauties of our time. She was also a true humanitarian and a truly gifted actress. She was and always will be an unforgettable legend.

Take a look at some of my favorite Elizabeth Taylor photos here:

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