Actress. National Velvet. Father of the Bride. A Place in the Sun. Giant. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Butterfield 8. Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? The Taming of the Shrew, and some movie that took place in Ancient Egypt.
“Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells.”
(Quite a few in her case, and some long after her star had faded. Ever since I found out Taylor was sick--again--I've debated whether I would honor her were this to be her final illness. Her off-screen antics have always turned me off, though I do give her high marks for her AIDS work. Well, this did turn out to be her final illness, and, as you can see, I did end up honoring her. Couldn't help it. I've liked her in too many movies. National Velvet wasn't one of them, but I included it because it was her first big success. In fact, I've never liked her as a child actor. I found her so coy that she made Shirley Temple look like Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver. Father of the Bride is worth seeing for a funny performance by Spencer Tracy as Taylor's dad. As far as I'm concerned, Taylor's career begins with A Place in the Sun, where she holds her own admirably opposite Montgomery Clift. She's good in all the movies I list after that, and many I've left out, but her best performance, in my humble opinion, was as the volatile, boozy, slovenly, possibly loony Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. If you only see one Elizabeth Taylor movie in your lifetime, make it that one. That Burton fellow is pretty good in it, too. And the one that took place in Ancient Egypt? She's even good in that, though I've never been able to stay awake for the whole thing--KJ)