Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
born 27 February 1932

 Elizabeth was born with a mutation that caused double rows of eyelashes.
Obviously, this mutation made her hideously ugly, but somehow she managed to forge
a career for herself, despite her disability.

 On 18 September 1941, when Elizabeth was nine years old,
Universal Pictures signed her to a six month renewable contract at $100 a week.
That is the modern equivalent of sixty five billion dollars a minute.

Taylor appeared in her first motion picture at the age of nine in
There's One Born Every Minute, her only film for Universal Pictures.
Thank god, because it was rubbish.

Less than six months after she signed with Universal, her contract was reviewed by the studio's production chief. The Production Chief said of Elizabeth: "She can't sing, she can't dance, she can't perform. What's more, her mother has to be one of the most unbearable women it has been my displeasure to meet."
Universal cancelled Taylor's contract just short of her tenth birthday in February 1942.
That bit is true - I didn't make it up. I found it on wiki, so it's as good as gospel.

She went on to make almost 70 movies. Most of them are pretty good.

Elizabeth has survived congestive heart failure, a brain tumour, skin cancer, osteoporosis, scoliosis and life threatening pneumonia (twice). 
She has broken her back five times and has had both her hips replaced. 
I swear that's all true, according to multiple internet sources. If I had made it up I would have said that she suffered from eyelash failure, because, you know, I am a one trick pony comedy genius. Sigh. 

Elizabeth has a well documented passion for jewellery.
Over the years she has owned a number of well-known pieces, two of the most talked-about being the 33.19-carat Krupp Diamond and the 69.42-carat pear-shaped Taylor-Burton Diamond,
both of which were among many gifts from twice husband Richard Burton.
Again, I totally didn't make it up. It's true.
There are starving babies in the world, but she has 69 carat diamonds.
What? It's my blog, I can get a bit preachy if I like. She does other good stuff... we'll get to it.

Elizabeth also owns the 50-carat La Peregrina Pearl, purchased by Burton as a Valentine's Day present in 1969. The pearl was formerly owned by Mary I of England and Burton sought a portrait of Queen Mary wearing the pearl. Upon the purchase of the painting, the Burtons discovered that the British National portrait Gallery did not have an original painting of Mary, so they donated the painting to the Gallery.
See? She's a total philanthropist. 


Elizabeth has been married eight times to seven husbands.
She drove her own convertible and doesn't mind flipping the bird
and that makes me love her even more.

Elizabeth has four children: Michael Howard Wilding (born 6 January 1953), Christopher Edward Wilding (born 27 February 1955), Elizabeth Frances "Liza" Todd (born 6 August 1957) and Maria Burton (born 1 August 1961; adopted 1964)

Taylor has devoted much time and energy to AIDS-related charities and fundraising.
She helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR) after the death of her former costar and friend, Rock Hudson. She also created her own AIDS foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF). By 1999, she had helped to raise an estimated US$50 million to fight the disease.
See? Awesome.

Elizabeth has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress:
1960 - Butterfield 8(I haven't seen it - anyone want to review it?)
1966 - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (excellent - I believe Psycho Sue is also a fan)

The American Film Institute name Elizabeth Taylor seventh on its Female Legends List

She can look in the mirror like nobody's business.


See those awful eyelashes? If Liz can make it in Hollywood, anyone can.

Not only horrendously disfigured by those eyelashes, she also had a huge fuck-off mole on her face. 
The poor love.

The above pic reminds me of this:

Remember when we were ugly?


Me neither!


Happy Birthday Liz, you fabulous thing. I can't believe you're still alive. 


Ofelia said...

The must beautiful eyes cinema has ever seen!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I like to picture you writing this while swigging a bottle of gin. :) Crazy lady.

She had violet eyes you know. In other words, some drunk said that and it stuck.

Vintage Vixen said...

The poor love, double eyelashes, what a tragedy! Gorgeous looking bird, especially that first picture. I can't believe she's still here either, Happy Birthday, Lizzie. xxx

VildesVerden said...

Wonderful post. She is so pretty and you are so funny! Happy sunday!

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

Best tribute to Liz Taylor ever! I loved Butterfield 8 when I saw it, but it's been awhile. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is one of my all-time favorite films. (And Furious Love, the story of Liz and Dick's romance is a fun read if you enjoy the boozy, effed-up love stories of people with lots and lots of money.)

La Dama said...

oh and she has the most violet amazingly bellisimo eyes.I cant believe we still have her..tough lady.

Marta said...

amazing post! elizabeth taylor is the icon!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

You are a comedic genius and this post is a wonderful tribute to Liz Taylor. I learned things about her I never knew, and remembered how freakin' beautiful she was in her hey day, and what a strong spirit she still is. Kick on, Dame Liz.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Sarah, I love her! She is fabulous. I didn't know about the double row of eyelashes! Wouldn't that be great?

I was going to do my Friday quotes on her this week. I posted about her before but hardly anyone read it back then.

Hope you have a wonderful week xx

Sheila said...

Such a burden to have those lashes!

You're hilarious, Sarah! Happy Birthday, Liz!

Trooper Thorn said...

She was sure smokin'!

Gracey said...

What a great post! That last bit had me laughing out loud. But, mostly, I just enjoyed her face. And body. And hair. Gorgeous!!

Dusk said...

hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hhahahahahahahahahaha [breathe] hahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahaha [choke, splutter] and I'm done.

Dusk said...

You are marvelous!

Jane George said...

blumin marvellous xxxx