Goodbye, Liz

I guess this is a few days late, but I came across a really touching homage to Elizabeth Taylor on Dossier’s site, and it inspired me to add in my own 2 cents here on the Slog.

For the longest time, I thought of her as just another beautiful Hollywood actress, but then years ago I watched Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and my opinion of Taylor completely changed. She was ferocious in that film. In real life, she was a beguiling mix of tough and vulnerable, like a lot of us.

And then there was her tumultous relationship with Richard Burton. They married and divorced twice. As it turns out, he sent her a letter just before he died asking her if he could come home. She received it when she returned from his funeral. She kept that letter in the drawer next to her bed for the rest of her life.

Anyway, there’s a lovely piece over at Dossier in honor of Taylor with excerpts from Burton’s letters to her. You can read it here.


~ by Valerie Palmer on March 27, 2011.

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