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From: "Ann Hawthorne" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mar 23, 2011 3:28 PM
Subject: MARCH 23, 2011
To: "Wittenberg, Holly" <email@example.com>
I asked one friend what word came to mind when she thought "Elizabeth Taylor" and she said 'legend." I guess my own would be "beauty," just the unadorned noun. But there are plenty of words we could use.
She started acting as a child in the 1940s. It was a different time. The movie palaces glittered with famous names--Gables and Garfields, Hayworths and Hepburns. Many were legends; many were beauties, but Elizabeth Taylor was, somehow, special. She first became famous, I guess, for "Lassie Come Home." Her first big, big hit, at age twelve, was "National Velvet." Just a girl and a horse, back in 1944.
Then came grownup roles--A Place in the Sun, Giant, Raintree County--the first of five Best Actress Oscar nominations. Others? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer. First Oscar--1960s Butterfield 8. Cleopatra. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf-- 2nd Oscar win.
Well, I could go on and so, if you're old enough, could you. The glamour, the beauty, and magic mattered, somehow, more than all the gossip, all the husbands.
I don't know where dead souls go, but I hope hers finds a happy place. Good-bye, beauty. We'll miss you.