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The Violet Eyes of Elizabeth Taylor. Now THAT’s a Dame.

I have always had a fascination with Elizabeth Taylor. I think part of it was that she was a feisty brunette—growing up all the fairytale princesses and 70s superstars had flowing blonde locks. She was beautiful but she was also strong. My mom is a big movie buff and always introduced us to classic films. I remember watching Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Giant. Taming of the Shrew. And Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf. I thought she was amazing. She passed away today at the age of 79. While she lived a full, rich life, she had her share of ups and downs. She was a perfume mogul and a two time Academy Award winner. She was a fiercely loyal friend, a huge AIDS activist and all around saucy dame! A few years ago I wrote this post on my other blog, Strawberry Lemonade. I still love these images. I hope you do too.

If I were to say to you “Quick! Word association—Elizabeth Taylor!” What would you say? Richard Burton? Jewelry obsession?  Friend of Michael Jackson? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? White Diamonds?? I think one thing most will agree upon is that she is a very handsome woman. What many forget (blinded by the White Diamonds?) is that back in the day, Elizabeth Taylor was STUNNING. We’re talking jaw droppin’, make-Angelina-look-like-she -was-beat-with-the-ugly stick, stupifyingly beautiful.

Ms Liz was married 8 times to 7 husbands (twice to Richard Burton), she has one of the largest privately owned jewelry collections around, and was the co-founder of amfAR. I love that she looked so lady like, with a wide-eyed naivty, yet she was always extremely feisty, could swear a mean, blue streak. She was a woman who did her own thing.

Check her out in all her violet eyed glory.

First up, the young 1940s “national velvet” and “lassie come home” era Liz:

Honestly, how gorgeous is she?

A little older and hair a little shorter, but still so striking. This was the 1950s:

I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too —for being married so many times.” — Elizabeth Taylor


Hello bouffant! La Liz does the 60s in style:

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” — Elizabeth Taylor

I love this one, I’d never seen it before. She looks so 70s casual. And THOSE EYES.

She looked pretty amazing as she made her way into the 80s and finally the 90s:

Big girls need big diamonds!” — Elizabeth Taylor


Images: UltimateGraphics.

Rest in peace, glamorous lady.

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  1. mom101 says

    Applause.

  2. jenny says

    stunning tribute, my friend. i think i took 10 whole minutes to scroll through those gorgeous photos. what a beauty.

  3. amanda says

    I love Elizabeth Taylor. What a strong, glamorous woman she was.
    Here is one of my favorite photos of her:
    http://theweddingtiara.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/elizabeth-taylor1.jpg

  4. Brigitte says

    Great collection of pictures. And yes, she was my #2 favorite actress back then, right after Audrey Hepburn!

  5. anna says

    amazing photos, fascinating to look at how styles have changed over time… and yet she was so timeless too



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