I can't let the passing of Elizabeth Taylor happen without saying, "Wow, what a woman!" She may have been the last true Living Legends from the glory days of Hollywood. She gave much, in her talent and in the cost to her personal life.
Add Paul Newman to a movie with her and we were there. Many we watched over and over, never growing tired of her. It was during the filming of "Cat" that she lost Mike Todd. Her performance in this movie is outstanding. This was just one of the movies for which she received an Academy Award nomination. There would be 5 in total with 2 wins.
It was because of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that I discovered the playwright Tennessee Williams and the controversy surrounding that play. No one does the hot, steamy south quite like Tennessee Williams.
She turned heads and dropped jaws with her affairs and marriages. Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, John Warner and the one that had me scratching my head... Larry Fortensky. For all of the negative press, she kept on going. Her charity funded hiv/aids research when it was in it's infancy.
I'd like to leave with this quote from Maggie the Cat.
"What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? — I wish I knew . . . Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can."
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
This lady will be at the top of her class for all time.