Elizabeth Taylor R.I.P.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

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On CNN, Elizabeth Taylor has died.


I met her once (with Richard Burton) just before their final break-up. They were shooting a movie in the hotel where I worked. Nice folks. It was fun to see them together at dinner. My Mom was thrilled as she adored both of them. To be “Their Waitress” made her year (decade?). Richard liked her as she had an English accent still…

And yes, she had the most striking “violet” eyes. I think it comes from having the blue gene, but very few alleles for it, on the edge of albino, so the pink and blue mix and, violet…

My sister has the very last autograph they ever signed together. Mom got it just about 11 PM as they left for their room. That night they had a fight and broke up. So in the Autograph Book is their last moment as “a couple”…

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9 Responses to Elizabeth Taylor R.I.P.

  1. Jason Calley says:

    As a teenager I knew an elderly lady with violet eyes. I do not think I had ever heard of violet eyes before meeting her, and I do not think I have met anyone since with eyes that color. Absolutely striking, even in a little old, frail lady.

  2. @E.M.

    You should publish a magazine; you are an undending source of information.

  3. Tim Clark says:

    Sorry – OT
    Haven’t seen one this size at this location for a while. Lots of quakes branching west towards India also.

    Magnitude 6.8
    Date-Time Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 13:55:12 UTC
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 08:25:12 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location 20.705°N, 99.949°E
    Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)
    Region MYANMAR
    Distances 89 km (55 miles) N of Chiang Rai, Thailand
    168 km (104 miles) SSW of Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China
    589 km (365 miles) NE of Rangoon, Myanmar
    772 km (479 miles) N of BANGKOK, Thailand

    Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 15.4 km (9.6 miles); depth +/- 5.8 km (3.6 miles)
    Parameters NST=109, Nph=109, Dmin=234.9 km, Rmss=0.88 sec, Gp= 36°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=C
    Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

    Event ID usc0002aes

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jason Calley:

    I met a person with Violet Eyes (other than Elizabeth Taylor) once. And about my age too. Very striking. Unfortunately he was a he…


    I thought I was already publishing ;-)

  5. Sera says:

    Always had a ‘thing’ for her, and Lauren Bacall. It’s not easy watching this generation leave us. She will be missed.


  6. E.M.Smith says:


    That’s what videos are for…

    Bogie and Bacall
    Liz and Richard
    Lucy and Desi
    Tracy and Hepburn

    Why are there no great pairs / romances in Hollywood anymore?

    I know, there are a couple of couples, but they try to stay hidden… and you rarely get to see them play opposite each other in a series of films. That Bogie & Bacall meeting in “To have an have not”… just electric.

    And while “Branjolina” was interesting in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” it’s just not the same as watching Tracy and Hepburn look at each other on the screen… Or hearing Richard Burton thunder a line at Elizabeth Taylor on the banks of the Nile… and see her know she owns the scene anyway… and give him That Look…

  7. Sera says:

    It was just as much fun watching those two (Liz and Richard) in The Taming of the Shrew. Much fun had by all.

  8. Ken McMurtrie says:

    Elizabeth Taylor was truly a legend in her own lifetime, now sadly, forever!
    As a film couple, she and Richard Burton are up there with the greats. Both very high on my best actor list.
    Thank you Elizabeth, for your wonderful films.
    On video, your thrilling entertainment will live on.

    I often ponder on the importance of various elements of our lives. Firstly the essentials – food, water, shelter and personal weather protection.
    Then the things that make the life worthwhile and enjoyable – health, love, family, friendship, sex, (also a first essential for continuation of life), wine, tasty foods, children, grandchildren. (Order optional).
    Then, entertainment for the mind/body – books, music, films and sports. If one is lucky enough to have any of these as a vocation, all the better.
    To me, films are high on the list. I have hopes that they will provide my later years with pleasure when the activity phase is waning.
    Did somebody ask – what about money? Enough money to support the above essentials and desirables is all I ask. A job/vocation that is not stressful but that provides the money is also part of the requirements.
    I have left out holidays, only absolutely essential if your life is not otherwise happy. But certainly an added enjoyment if the cost doesn’t detract from the funding of the more important items.
    So, Elizabeth, you and your industry play a large part in the feeling of pleasure in my life.
    Again, my thanks!

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ken McMurtrie:

    You are not the only one to have pondered the relative importance of such things:


    It’s nice to be at the “self actualization” level… that’s where the arts and sciences tend to be. But all the other levels have to be there first.

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