Hollywood lost its original diva today when Elizabeth Taylor died of heart failure at the age of 79.
If you don’t know anything about Liz, think of her as the 1950’s/60’s Angelina Jolie. (Only instead of collecting kids, she collected ex-husbands.) She was the epitome of sexiness and she knew exactly what to do to get her way. (Like a million dollar paycheck for “Cleopatra.” She was the first actress to do that!)
But, she had the talent to back it. Here are my top 3 Taylor films:
The Flintstones (1994)
Okay, not here finest film, but it was my first exposure to the Hollywood titan so I have to include it. She played Wilma‘s mom. Though, as a kid you easily overlook her and just want more Fred and Barney, watching the film now I’m amazed at the A-list cast in the thing.
Be honest, when you first heard this title you thought it was a horror film and the killer’s name was Virginia Woolf. Anyone? Just me? Okay, moving on. It’s one of her and two-time ex-husband Richard Burton‘s 11 films together about a bitter alcoholic couple who unleash their resentment for each other one night in front of a some friends.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
This film adaptation of one of Tennessee Williams‘ plays is one of my favorite films. It stars Paul Newman as an ex-football player who’s bitter and depressed and ignores the affections of his loving sex kitten wife (Taylor). If you’ve never seen it, go, NOW!