The VIPS (1963)
The Sandpiper (1965)
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
The Taming of The Shrew (1967)
Doctor Faustus (1967)
The Comedians (1967)
Under Milkwood or Hammersmith is Out (1972)
Divorce His, Divorce Hers (1973)
Thank you so much for posting that photo Mark. I hadn't seen it before but it's great. Elizabeth looks so young and beautiful in it.
I've finally made a new Elizabeth tribute video. This one is a look back on her childhood and focus on her time as a childstar:
I hope you will like it.
Then I also thought I'd share some more photos with you from the Swedish press' coverage of Elizabeth's death. A friend of mine sent me a bunch of articles the other day. Most of the photos have been posted before but oh well...
Also since Minx pointed out that my photos were too big, I will resize them for you from now on...
I love this photo as she looks so full of life...
I rewatched this movie the other week and Elizabeth was hands down the best thing about the entire movie. She lit up the screen when she came on. It's sad this was her last movie. I am sure she would have made more if Hollywood had only given her a chance to...
Where her fame begun...
With another legend, I read that after Elizabeth's death one of the secrets Jimmy Dean had confided in her got out. He had been molested by a minister at the age of 11...
My favorite Cleopatra picture. I have this one as a picture poster at home!
Despite her aging she still looked like a star...
This page is from a weekly magazine. The headline reads: "A life full of love and friends".
Richard is not on that page however as he made the two first pages of the reportage and the major headline read something like "Now she gets to meet her beloved Richard again"
Here's some photos of them from the first two pages:
This photo was used to illustrate marriage number two, but was taken during marriage number one when they arrived in London after Elizabeth's first grandchild had been born...
The text to this photo was about Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf...a bit odd as the photo is from The Comedians...
The Taylor-Burton diamond...
I think it's sweet how Elizabeth and Roddy were friends basically their whole life.
And well that's all for tonight...
Oh and one more thing. I wanted to share this clip with you. It's too cute not to post:
Oh and here's one from their PR for Private Lives:
And a short scene from Private Lives:
Last edited by Karin Schill; 04-02-2011 at 11:57 PM.
Okay as you all know I love Elizabeth together with Richard the most and I do believe that they were soulmates.
But for years and years Elizabeth Taylor kept insisting in interviews that she'd had two great loves of her life. Richard and Mike. So I recently got the idea to make a fan video that focus on Elizabeth's relationship with Mike Todd. I eventually decided to work with the song "Memories" by Within Temptation. The video turned out rather angsty but then again their life together ended in tragedy. Looking through the old clips of them it becomes rather obvious to me how much she loved him and how painful it was for her to talk about his death even decades after it happened.
I hope you will like my new video even if it is on the sad side:
So comments, any other photos, articles or videos anyone?
Thanks for the great photos and videos Karin, I love them all.
Love the photo you posted Snarky , so many photos, coming out, I have never seen before.
Thanks to everyone who has posted all the great videos, and photos, and articles on Elizabeth.
Thank you Jessie for the two Elizabeth Taylor tribute videos. I did enjoy watching them.
I just received a belated birthday gift from one of my best friends this week. She's found me some vintage Elizabeth Taylor stuff so I thought that I'd share an article from a Swedish magazine with you tonight. The article was written in Swedish so I have translated it to English. It is from 1953 and revolves around Elizabeth Taylor's visit in Stockholm. As far as I know it was the only time she visited Sweden and after reading about the reception she got I can't say I blame her!
“Elizabeth Taylor in Stockholm”
“She is only 21 years old but has been a star for soon 10 years. Her best movie so far is A Place In The Sun”
The article starts with that the reporters at the Swedish magazine Se (Look) got an invitation from MGM to attend a press conference in Stockholm with Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding who were vacationing in Sweden for four days. The journalists then began by doing some research about the movie stars in questions. They used a dictionary to understand the English information and found out the following:
“The couple had gotten married on 21 February 1952. Their son was born on 6th January, 1953 and we could also read in the documents that Elizabeth Taylor was the best actress in the world and had been making movies since she was 12 years old. She was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and besides for acting she is an author, she likes sculpturing and composing. She is a woman out in her fingertips but not in her toes as she dislikes wearing high heels and kicks them off whenever she gets a chance to. She is a big animal lover and has three cats and two poodles, violet is her favourite colour, she loves sapphires, she likes proper clothes and loves to dress up in evening gowns. She loves modern houses and old furniture and wants to breed race horses. She has black hair and violet eyes”
“Elizabeth and an ideal husband, Michael Wilding. They would love to do a movie together but he prefers comedies and she prefers tragedies”.
Then the article has some information about Michael Wilding too. They write that he likes to work on cars, is almost always in a good mood and is particular with his food and that he was best man at Stewart Grangers and Jean Simmons wedding. They also learn that most every newspaper has requested for ten private minutes to interview Elizabeth Taylor but that if they would accommodate all these requests Elizabeth Taylor would have to stay in Stockholm for 14 days instead of four. So there would be no private interviews, only a press conference. Later on they come to the day when the press conference is supposed to take place. They describe it like this in the article:
“Outside of hotel grand’s entrance there was a crowd of children and a couple of elderly ladies. The children did not hold flags in their hands but autograph books so you can tell that the times have changed. To be ambitious we joined the crowd for a moment to get some of the children’s comments. But these children were unusually serious and if anyone got out of line the other children quickly told them to be quiet. A child who claimed to have seen a glance of Elizabeth Taylor in a window was called a liar and ran away from there in tears. We snuck up on the older ladies to find out why they had become fans of Elizabeth Taylor at their age.
“Why is it so much people here?” one of the ladies asked.
“Apparently there’s some movie star in town” replied another lady.
“Yes I read about it in the morning paper”
“Oh you did?”
“Yes, I had nothing to do today so I figured I could just as well go into town and have a look”
“Yeah I suppose it’s just as well”
We were shocked to hear what the ladies said and then we snuck upstairs to the party floor where the press conference was to take place. We showed our card to a young man who nodded okay and then we joined the party of 70 invited guests. There was tension in the air. Everyone looked at each other and wondered who had gotten invitations. A photographer who we know came over to us and said. “Hey that dude over there with the sun glasses can’t have an invitation now, can he?” We didn’t think that was very likely and came to think of that a sandwich cost 1 kr. each. What happened next was that the Swedish actor Christian Bratt made his entrance. That made the mood sink below zero. “What the hell does he represents?” did the photographer whisper to us. We decided to ditch this nervous man who looked like he was about ready to run out of there and fetch one of the guys who checked the tickets. We had just hidden behind the piano with a dry martini to avoid a man who insisted on that we were from the newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet”, when the couple finally made their entrance. Everyone stood up so quickly that Michael Wilding was startled and the Englishman almost tripped over his own feet. Our first impression made us disappointed since this little wholesome couple were so ordinary that you could just as well have met them in your living room for coffee. So this was what Hollywood had come to in the year 1953. Oh My God why weren’t we allowed to experience the time when Gloria Swanson made her entrance on the press conferences draped in a tiger’s fur and carried by four strong African Americans?”
The photographers were very pleased and thirty full grown men threw themselves as wolves over the little couple. The flashbulbs went off, people cursed silently and were pushing each other to get better space. After about a quarter of an hour a red-hair photographer leant forward and told Elizabeth “Smile”, then he blushed and backed off as he happily took some photos. The crowd around the couple followed their every move as they moved between sitting by the piano and posing on the balcony. The reporter’s mood got more and more gloomy, was there only going to be time for photographs? A lady looked totally devastated and screamed hysterically:
“Do you know any Swedish movie stars?” Elizabeth Taylor smiled and said:
“No”. The upset lady walked into an adjoining room and cursed. After walking around for a half an hour the couple finally sat down on a couch. Now it was finally time to talk. We were just about to sit down next to Michael Wilding who looked kind and understanding, when we realized that about a dozen young ladies were blocking our way as they wanted to have about 300 autographs from Elizabeth Taylor. When we finally made our way passed all the autograph hunting young girls we met a new hinder, in the form of the Swedish actor Christian Bratt that threw himself over the couple with a smile. He said:
“Hello” and something that sounded like how nice to meet you again. The celebrity couple looked a bit surprised but supposedly believed that this was the way a press conference was conducted in Sweden. Mr. Bratt reminded Ms. Taylor that he had done a test filming opposite her once in Hollywood but that has Ms. Taylor fortunately forgotten all about. But Mr. Bratt would not move an inch as he was entertaining the guests and no journalist were able to hear a thing of what they talked about. Of course this situation was worse for the photographers who had to work twice as hard to cut out Christian Bratt from all the photos of the couple.
But since you never should give up we made one last attempt to get close to the couple when they stood up and was about to leave. We pushed our way through the crowd of autograph hunters and Christian Bratt and for a split second we ended up face to face with the famous couple. We were so surprised that our attempt had succeeded that we completely lost track of what we were going to ask and only managed to get out a bitter laugh and a comment:
“Rather peculiar form for vacation, eh?” Michael Wilding looked petrified but Elizabeth Taylor just whispered silently.
“I still think that A Place in The Sun is my best film”
So we’re now giving a Nobel prize of 5 kr. to whoever can figure out what Elizabeth Taylor meant by that answer.”
Reportage by: Arne Sellermark & Hans Malmberg
Source: Se, 1-7 October, 1953, p.15, 31-32.
“He is an Englishman who works in Hollywood, she is an American who was born in London. The most important news from the press conference, Michael junior, eight months, who were still in London, has gotten his first tooth”.
Then here is a bigger scan of one of the photos of the couple together. I think it's the cutest one:
So thoughts about the vintage article?
Personally I found it written in a rather cynic way but it was sort of funny. I guess it can't be easy to be famous and experience this kind of commotion wherever you go. I mean they weren't even there to promote a movie but only on vacation!
I think the article is interesting as it sort of portrays the hype that surrounded Elizabeth Taylor at the time and back then she wasn't even at the peak of her fame...
I guess people who are older will always wish they could have experienced something other though, I mean just like the journalists in the reportage would much rather have met Gloria Swanson I would much rather have met Elizabeth Taylor than any of the other younger Hollywood stars that we have today. But sadly that's impossible now...
Anyway on a happier note, Camilla also sent me some "Filmisar" so I have scanned them for you:
My dad said he recognized this one since when he was a child...
I was really happy to receive these as the only "Filmisar" I had since I was a child in the 1980s were of cartoon movies and it's not the same, as this is the real thing!
Besides I'd just love anything Elizabeth Taylor...her death won't change that albeit I suspect my interest in her will fade a bit with time...
That's all from me tonight. So any comments, photos, videos or articles anyone?
I love your banner Jessie. It is so pretty!
I tried to make it my wallpaper on my laptop but my computer wouldn't let me...strange...
I've made a banner as well that I thought that I'd share with you all.
It's not as pretty as yours but I hope you'll like it anyway.
I am currently working on a new Elizabeth & Richard video that I will hopefully be able to upload to my youtube tomorrow...
Great banner Karin it is really pretty..
I'm looking forward to your new video.
They are having a Elizabeth Taylor Tribute night, on the TCM station tonight. I just watched, "Cat on a hot tin roof, now I'm watching, "Butterfield 8. I will be watching, "Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf, than Giant. I'm in heaven with all the Elizabeth movies.
I have seen "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" before it was great seeing it again. I'm also a huge Paul
Newman fan too.
I have never seen Butterfield 8 before she was wonderful in that film. I really enjoyed watching this film for the first time. She won for Best Actress for her role in this film too. I really loved this movie, it is one of my favourites of hers now.
I loved "Who's afraid of Virginia Woofe". I thought both her and Richard did award winning acting, in that film. I know Elizabeth won for best Actress for her role, and she truly deserved it. I think Richard was amazing too, but didn't win, I'm not sure if he was nominated?
This scene from Butterfield 8 , was amazing, wow she is awesome. I want to see all her films, I just have to find them.
That's cool that you're getting to catch up on some of her movies Jessie. TCM is a great channel for vintage movies. I love that channel.
Elizabeth was an amazing actress. The more I see of her work the more impressed I get. She really knew how to spellbind an audience and could play any part convincingly.
I think it's a shame Hollywood didn't give her anything to do during the last 20 years of her life though. I mean she could have easily have made a movie every second year or something. When I saw the "England's Other Elizabeth" documentary from 2000 it sounded like she wanted to return to acting. There were also rumors of her wanting the part of Norma in "Sunset Boulevard" a few years ago. I think her fragile health and Hollywood's age discrimination, particularly towards women, were the main reasons why we didn't see much of Elizabeth on film after the 1980s...and I think that's sad...
Or what do you think?
As for Richard, yes he was nominated for an Oscar for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" too.
But since he didn't win he and Elizabeth didn't even bother showing up for the award ceremony where she was to collect her award. Over all Richard is the next most nominated actor who has never won the award, as he has been nominated 7 times. Peter O'Toole has been nominated 8 times...I think that's a pity too as Richard would have deserved an Oscar...
BUtterfield 8 is better than people give it credit for being. Me and Marky wrote quite a lot about that movie a few pages back if you wanna re-read our comments now when you've seen it...
Now on to my new Elizabeth & Richard video. It's set to "The way we were" by Barbra Streisand and is a bit nostalgic look back on the best celebrity couple that there ever were in my opinion:
I hope you will like the new video.
Also since youtube blocked my Mike & Elizabeth video due to copyright I put it on viddler:
I hope you will like that one as well even though it's really sad...
That's all for tonight, now I really need to sleep as I am travelling tomorrow...I'm attending a conference for work...
Thank you Jessie. I am glad that you love my new video!
I just got back from my conference the day before Easter started and thought that I'd share some new stuff with you. I found Daily Mirror's Tribute Magazine to Elizabeth at the airport. 84 pages full of vintage articles and rare photographs.
The Magazine is worth having and can be ordered from amazon...
I've typed up one of the vintage articles that is in Elizabeth's own words about why she and Richard got remarried!
“Why I married that man again”
Elizabeth Taylor, February 1976
The remarriage of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Botswana in October last year made headlines all over the world. Liz Taylor tells what happened in the days leading up to the wedding and ceremony itself.
The story starts with this moving exchange of letters. Liz writes first…
“Fear and doubt. Will marriage spoil our confident love – make us over-confident and smug and taking for granted all the lovely awareness again. It’s a mind-troubling question…
I know we will be together in every biblical sense forever, so why are we afraid of that legal piece of paper which the missionaries made necessary to go through with the words?
I hope you feel happy in the morning and excited and looking forward. I love you, Richard, and I leave it up to you. Please answer”
“As always the answer is yes, if that’s what you want. I am a very different man from the man you married many years ago. I could elaborate endlessly on why we should remarry and why we shouldn’t. But it is just, as you say, a piece of paper. Papers can be torn up. True promises cannot. Any road, I love you. Okay we’ll stay as ‘we is’ for the time being at least. Maybe”
“I’ll carry you off on a white charger but I’d prefer it if it was the other way around. I’m a hopeless romantic and want to be romantically swept away.
In the meantime we will be loving and sweet – but someday, you son of a bitch, something will make you realise that you cannot live without me and you have to marry me, otherwise your life will not be complete”
The proposal and marriage ceremony…
“We planned to go on a picnic to pick out the magical marriage plot but it had all turned suddenly funereal. I took a quick but cleansing bath, a long look at my soul in the mirror and decided that I was indulging in self-pity. After all, life was not over, and I knew we loved each other – so what the hell!
I shouted into the other room where Richard was rather gloomily reading: “Let’s go on the picnic anyway!”
“Okay” said he, in the most human sounding tone of voice I’d heard all morning.
I chose my t-shirt with particular care and my tightest jeans.
As we were driving, everywhere around us was beautiful, so untouched, so unspoiled. A voice, that voice, a voice belonging to the person whose hand I was holding said, loud and clear: “Will you marry me?”
I turned slowly (not whiplashed) around to meet his green, cheetah-like eyes and said quite steadily (for what was going on inside). “Are you serious?”
“Yes” the voice-eyes said. “Will you?”
“Yes” said my heart-eyes into his now hear-eyes.
We giggled, we smiled, we grasped each other’s hands, we stared at each other, we held each other – hard- gasping hard- we didn’t even care that two other people were in the van!
Next day…D. I should say W-day or perhaps I should say B-day. Booze day on our wedding day. My beloved is as stout as a Welsh chicken flapping about over an impending frying pan.
I mean I love him, deeply, truly and forever, but I do recognise one or two flaws in that immense personage, like getting slightly drunk on our wedding morning after being on the wagon for several months.
I led the lad back to bed and suggested he tried to get a couple of hour’s sleep, so that his eyeballs would have a chance to change from magenta to at least a pretty conjunctivitis pink.
How can you get mad at someone so utterly outrageous?
That was about eight in the morning and we had the whole day to go. I crawled into bed beside him and just held him very close and we both fell into a deep, dreamless sleep.
My Welshman is indeed a wizard – he awoke about three hours later refreshed as if he had just been christened. He has the most remarkable recuperative powers I’ve ever seen, which is probably why he is still alive, thank God.
Now, about my wedding dress. It is green with all the colours of pastel dream birds, blending softly into each other. It is trimmed with coloured wooden beads hanging from cords of chiffon and ending in delicate guinea fowl feathers – feathers that found their way to England, then back to their homeland.
I had been given some African bead necklaces in Johannesburg by the cast of the superb musical Ipi Tombi – all black and beautiful and, God, what talented people they are.
One was a marriage necklace so I piled my hair on top of my head so it was falling low in the back but held my hair in front in place, like a high ponytail.
I wanted flowers, but it’s very arid at this time of year so I picked some lovely green leaves and placed them among the green and white beads on my head and was ready for our wedding.
While I was fussing around with last-minute details (Kleenex in my bag in case I got weepy, lip-gloss in case my lipstick was kissed off) Richard appeared resplendent in white slacks and deep red silk turtleneck sweater.
We must have appeared an odd-looking couple leaving the hotel in mid-afternoon, me in a long floaty evening dress and Richard in his most elegant, leaping into a Land Rover and speeding away into the bush.
We were legally married in Kasane in a legal looking room by a legal looking gentleman wearing a legal looking dark suit.
We repeated the marriage vows after the District Commissioner, but slightly more quaveringly – if we’d been auditioning we would have been turned down instantly.
We exchanged rings, fathomless looks and were married, once again, back where we belonged. Always belonged.
But the ceremony wasn’t really completed until we went back to our river bank and repeated our vows again with a Bible and God’s beauty around us.
As if on cue, two enormous hippopotamuses snuffled their eyes and ears out of the river as additional witnesses and a rhino stood like an unblinking Buckingham Palace Guardsman guarding us – and it was beautiful!”
Source: Daily Mirror, Tribute to a true Hollywood star, p. 52-53.
So thoughts anyone?
Personally I think she sounds very much like a woman in love in the text. Also I love the fact that she was so feminine and went into descriptions about her clothes. The whole text reminded me a bit of an entry in a person's diary and it also shows that Elizabeth was a skillful writer. We always talk about how Richard was a great writer. But I think Elizabeth could write vividly too...reading this passage makes me look forward even more to the day when her autobiography is released as I bet that will make for some very fascinating reading!
Then finally here's some photos from the magazine:
I love her facial expression in this one, it's playful somehow...
Elizabeth at 18...
Another rare one, my copy of the magazine had a blue stripe over it. Not sure why...
I think this is her wedding photo with Michael Wilding. They look happy.
The doting mother with her firstborn...
Elizabeth, Michael and Michael jr...
I like this photo of Elizabeth with her husband Michael Wilding too...I think he was good for her as he treated her right and their union was blessed with children...
Elizabeth In love with Mike Todd...
Elizabeth with Mike and Christopher...the scanner cut out Michael...
Elizabeth and Mike Todd at the center of attention. I think if she hadn't been married to him she wouldn't be the Elizabeth we loved as it was during this marriage that her love for big jewellry began and she grew confident enough to be more outspoken. She also adapted some of his flamboyant style and love for life...
Elizabeth and her daughter Liza...
I love the fact that Elizabeth never gave up. Even when she injured herself she always kept up her spirits. Also even with one leg in a cast the lady manage to look good...
Elizabeth & Richard at his niece's wedding...
I think it's cute how she is constantly fixing his hair...
I think this is on a train...
At a fashion show in Paris...
The Burtons walks hand in hand...
At some Charity Event in the mid 70s...
Waving goodbye at a pressconference in 1982...
Family reunion at her 50th Birthday. I love that they all look so happy...
I love this photo of them dancing. Because they are trying to keep up with the time and dance in a way younger people danced like in the 1980s...I bet it must have been a sight to see...
Elizabeth in her 60s I presume...it's hard to tell as she looks a lot younger...
With her dear friend Michael Jackson...
May 2000, Elizabeth and Julie Andrews are both made Dame's by the queen!
And well that's all for now. But I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!
I hope you'll like the photos...
Last edited by Karin Schill; 04-22-2011 at 02:00 PM.
Thanks for all the lovely photos and articles you posted Karin.
Here is a awesome video, I just love this one. Karin at the 3 minute mark of this video, what movie is that scene from? She is standing by the water, she is stunning in that scene? What am I saying she is stunning in all her movies, but I never seen that film before?
Elizabeth Taylor- Surface of the Sun CSISweeneyTodd
Thank you Jessie for the Elizabeth video. I enjoyed watching it.
As for the scene you were wondering about it's from "The Sandpiper". Haven't you seen that movie before?
If not I can recommend it as The Sandpiper (1965) is a really romantic movie and Elizabeth & Richard's chemistry is awesome. In the particular scene you were mentioning he comes back to her and kisses her without a word on the beach. It's like their eyes says it all and I love it!
Here's the trailer:
The kiss I mentioned can be found at 1.21...
Then I also thought that I'd share some more photos. This time I've scanned some from People Magazine:
So I reckon most people in the US has seen them already but anyway...
Elizabeth as a child...
With King Charles...
In the 1950s...
With Jimmy Dean...
With Mike Todd...
Wearing the Mike Todd earrings...
From The VIPs wearing the earrings Richard gave her...
Elizabeth & Richard seemed very much in love when they married...
She sure loved jewellry...
I think this one is from the movie "Hammersmith is out". Not the best movie but it would still be nice with a DVD release...
A photo I have never seen before, probably from the 1970s...
I think this add is rather provocative in the sense that it can be misinterpreted like they all have AIDS at the first glance, then you realize that it's most likely just one person in the photo who has it if any...
I think it's a good add though and the message is important, AIDS is a global problem and needs to be treated all over the world...
Elizabeth & Debbie...
Elizabeth celebrates her 75th birthday together with her children. Michael, Christopher, Maria and Liza...
She was a true Hollywood star and there will never be anyone else like her ever again...
all together the magazine have 14 pages about Elizabeth so if you want to see more photos and read the articles I can recommend you to buy the back issue, or better yet buy People Magazine's tribute album which is in stores now:
I don't have that one but it is supposed to be 128 pages of only Elizabeth...
And well that's all for now. I hope you'll like the new photos.
Last edited by Karin Schill; 04-24-2011 at 10:50 AM.
Thanks Karin for the photos they are beautiful.
I have the first people Magazine you posted, but not the second one.
I have not seen the movie, "The Sandpiper", yet but I have to find that movie now.
Thanks for all the clips.
Here is a video with Richard and Elizabeth. I think the song is perfect for them.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton- The Rose
Look at the picture of Elizabeth in the snow. I don't think I've seen her without makeup in her later years before.
Thanks for the article Minx. I love the photo's especially the one in the snow. It was nice seeing
her without the make up, and the fancy clothes, just being normal. Seems like Larry is having a
rough time, sad that he broke his vow of silence. The article was interesting, he did seem to
really love her. She still helped him after the marriage was over, that was very nice of her.
Jessie, thanks for posting the video I enjoyed it.
Oh you will love the Sandpiper. May I recommend you to buy the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection?
If you do you will get The VIPs, The Sandpiper, The Comedians and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the same time. It's a great buy.
Here is a link if you wanna read some reviews about the product:
Minx, thank you so much for posting the link to the Larry Forsensky article. I enjoyed reading his memories about his time with Elizabeth:
It is a bit scary to think of that he is now the age Elizabeth was when they dated. I guess at this point in her life Elizabeth was well matched with a younger man as watching old photos of the two you could never guess she was 20 years older...
I also love the photo of her in the snow that I am taking the liberty to repost:
I had seen her without make up in the Christmas video with Michael Jackson from 1993 before. She did still look gorgeous without make up. What I love about this photo is that it shows her playful childish side that was so sweet. Like there was still a little girl living inside of the body of a grown woman...
Then I thought I'd post an old vintage article that I've typed up from a Swedish movie magazine for you all:
“Two Hearts In Waltz-rhythm”
There are a 19 years age difference between 19-year old Elizabeth Taylor and her new fiancé Michael Wilding. He is an elegant worldly man with big claims on life. She has bit by bit developed into a hot-blooded woman. She has once said that she has “a woman’s emotions and a child’s soul”…
“The press in New York are reporting that 19 year old actress Elizabeth Taylor has gotten engaged with her colleague, the 38 year old English actor Michael Wilding! That means that a question that has caused a lot of speculations has been answered: Would the raven haired beauty Elizabeth after her divorce from Nicky Hilton – a typically Hollywood “child marriage” – get married again with Michael Wilding?
As usual people had a lot of guesses and divided themselves into two camps; one that insisted that it was just persistent rumours and that a worldly man like Michael Wilding would never get tied down to a little girl (even if she’s really pretty) and the second that said that this was it, the big love. The gossip guru Elsa Maxwell belonged to the first group, and has been proven wrong for once. The ones who have been proven right they say triumphantly that the people who didn’t believe this affair was serious has forgotten something – which is the transformation Elizabeth Taylor has gone through in the past two years. The transformation from a pretty girl to a sophisticated woman.
When Elizabeth got married to Nicky Hilton she was known as the prettiest girl in Hollywood but hadn’t proven herself on screen yet. Her looks made her easy to cast as cute girls where she only had to be herself, a task that she managed with a cool but impersonal pleasure. And in a review a mean man wrote that “with a good director can Elizabeth resemble an actress”. He expressed what most people thought of the girl with stars in her eyes. But there were people who suspected that Elizabeth Taylor was a talented actress. One of them was the Paramount director George Stevens who gave her the part as Angela Vickers in “A Place in the Sun”. And he was to be proven right.
“A Place in the Sun” is the definite proof of Elizabeth Taylor’s talent. Of course some people insist that the part is similar to the parts she has portrayed before but it’s a simplification. Angela certainly is a nice and pretty girl who is a well-brought up family girl but the love that hits her heart like lightning transforms her into a deeply passionate woman. And for this transformation Elizabeth Taylor finds the right expressions – that does not necessarily mean that you have to dismiss the rumours that she fell in love with her co-star Montgomery Clift during the filming – and if you add that her beauty has blossomed in this picture you can understand why she is mentioned among this year’s Oscar candidates.
It was after this filming – with all it meant for her with depth of personality, new experiences and widened perspectives – that Elizabeth Taylor went to England last fall – which by the way is the country where she was born – to film “Ivanhoe”. That is where she met Michael Wilding, who is the English audience’s favourite, an elegant and charming escort that we have seen in a lot of dance and music movies where he acts opposite Anna Neagle. Elizabeth & Michael started to be spotted more frequently at restaurants and night clubs around Piccadilly and Leicester Square where people in London meet these days. They are a very handsome couple and the papers started writing more and more about them. People thought it was nothing more than a romance. Because Michael Wilding was married – even if his marriage was breaking up in the seams – and he was known as a big flirt. People also thought the huge age difference would be too much of a leap. Besides Michael Wilding was already seeing one of the world’s most sophisticated ladies; Marlene Dietrich. It was a public secret that Michael Wilding had courted her for a while and that she was interested. And what kind of chance would the cute little Elizabeth stand when she was up against the big Marlene, who is a seductress who knows every trick in the book.
The movie wrapped and Elizabeth returned to America. And everyone thought it was the end of an episode. Especially since Elizabeth was staying in New York and were seen around town with Montgomery Clift. But one day Elizabeth checked out of her fancy hotel, the posh Savoy Plaza – to go to Hollywood. The same day Michael Wilding checked into St. Regis Hotel in New York.
Then people discovered that Elizabeth had not gone to Hollywood but only moved to St. Regis Hotel. No one could have any doubts about it anymore. Because even though both she and he declared that it was a coincidence that they were staying at the same hotel no one believed them, and at last we also got the official declaration of their engagement.
When this issue goes into print the latest news is the Liz uses the leap year to leap and gets married to Wilding. The wedding day is set for 27th of February. The place is London. So when you read this the two of them are on their honeymoon.
Source: Filmjournalen No. 9 1952 p.12-13, 30-31.
Here are some photos from the article with the undertexts from the article:
“Elizabeth Taylor have succeeded with the impossible - to win over Marlene Dietrich and to dismiss the gossip guru Elsa Maxwell’s prophetic – by getting engaged with Michael Wilding. The big flirt and audience favourite is willing to be trapped by her!”
“With a good director can Elizabeth resemble an actress’ was what people said. But “A Place in The Sun” changed all that. Now there are peers who insists on that the beautiful girl should win an Oscar for her excellent acting”
Then here is a photo of her with co-star Robert Taylor:
I cropped out Nicky Hilton from this one:
So thoughts about the article anyone?
I think it's kind of interesting from a film historic point of view how they were trying to build up a new image for their young star...
Still the style is is written in is rather silly...
Last edited by Karin Schill; 05-01-2011 at 01:03 PM.