What a life! What an obit! Elizabeth Taylor's spectacular obituary, a testament to a life well lived, is today's source of cinema quotes:
"I swear, if you existed, I'd divorce you".
As Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky.
Asked why she married so often, she said, in an assumed drawl: “I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me.”
"Planes, trains, everything stops for Elizabeth Taylor, but the public has no conception of who she is. People who damn her wish to hell they could do what they think she does". Roddy McDowall
“She has wonderful eyes,” he added, “but she has a double chin and an overdeveloped chest, and she’s rather short in the leg.”My favorite:
“The public me,” she said, “the one named Elizabeth Taylor, has become a lot of hokum and fabrication — a bunch of drivel — and I find her slightly revolting.”
“The kid has nothing.”
Casting director at Universal Pictures, on a young Elizabeth Taylor.
“She has more chins than a Chinese phone book”. Joan Rivers. Ms. Rivers later apologized to Ms. Taylor through a friend... Ms. Taylor shrugged off the insults, saying they did not “get me where I live.” (Brava!)
Although the press was not invited to the (Taylor-Fortensky) ceremony, a photographer parachuted in and narrowly missing landing on Gregory Peck.And last but not least:
Mel Gussow, the principal writer of this article (obit), died in 2005.