Goodbye, Timeless Beauty: Elizabeth Taylor
It took me a while to compose my thoughts as I pondered about the passing of an iconic beauty: Elizabeth Taylor, aged 79. I still have not digested the information fully, truth be told. It felt a lot like Michael Jackson’s death.
I first beheld her exquisite image on a vintage issue of LIFE Magazine. She was 12. I couldn’t believe she was 12 because she looked so grown-up!
Apparently, when she was just starting out as a child star, Universal Pictures found that she looked too old, largely thanks to her now legendary eyes. We all know she’s famous for having that much-coveted genetic mutation: a double layer of eyelashes and mesmerizing violet eyes. (Well, besides the fact that she married 8 times.)
Here’s a photo of her at age 10.
Unbelievable! Most little girls that age would probably be in their awkward phase.
But MGM saw and nurtured her potential and the rest is history. Who isn’t aware of her successful acting career? She is also mostly recognized for her humanitarian activities, especially with regards to AIDS/HIV projects and advocacy.
One of her most famous quotes about her humanitarian works was: “Give. Remember to always give. This is the thing that will make you grow.”
Elizabeth owned the role of Cleopatra, pictured here with her (arguably) greatest love Richard Burton, who played Mark Antony. Who else fits the bill of a tempestuous goddess who had the world at her feet? No one else but Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
By the by, madame is Piscean, which probably explains why she had been constantly hounded by drama for most of her youth. Anyhoo…
We will miss you dearly, Beautiful Elizabeth. I hope you’re having a great time with your best friend MJ now. T.T