Dear Readers: Work concerns have prevented my regular posts. However, today, I had to express my profound sorrow at the passing of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. She died this morning, age 79, surrounded by family. Requiescat in Pace, Cleopatra.
Taylor’s Cleopatra had real impact on my life, as I was born the same year that the movie was heavily played and promoted. My parents took me to see it as an infant, using the nearby drive-in theater (yes, I am THAT old). I swear my earliest memories are of men in togas and a woman in a gold dress! I have loved ancient Egypt all my life. “Cleopatra” was the first movie on TV that my parents allowed me to stay up late to watch. I have seen every movie version of Cleopatra (including one starring Sophia Loren). There is no one who has ever come close to Taylor for combining the elegance, intelligence, and passions that would have been been the hallmark of the original Cleopatra.
“There has never been such a silence.”
My favorite scene from a cherished film:
UPDATE 1: I have come across a fabulous pictorial post highlighting Taylor’s life and style sense: HOLLYWOOD ICONS – ELIZABETH TAYLOR.
Anna Puna’s comments remind me of a quote from another iconic movie that comes to mind today: I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.
UPDATE 2: My blogging icon, the Anchoress, notes that Taylor could wear white well. I could not agree more!