Posts Tagged: elizabeth taylor

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Elizabeth Taylor, Black Widow

Elizabeth Taylor's death on March 23rd triggered massive waves of nostalgia.  She had so many husbands! She loved diamonds! She was an AIDS activist before it was popular to be one, she was friends with Michael Jackson, and, in her final years, she loved to hang out at a gay bar in her wheelchair! The stories of her relationship with Richard Burton were recited with particular care — the opulence, the fighting, the monstrous yacht that they sailed across the world in.

But I’ve heard that story before. Lots. So have you. I heard that story when I was a little girl and my mom told me that the lady [...]


Four Ways Kanye West Is Channeling Liz Taylor, and Four Ways I Wish He Would

Kanye West owes a lot to Jay-Z, and I'ma let Hov finish. But Kanye and the late Elizabeth Taylor are two diamond-encrusted peas in a pod.

1) White Diamonds are forever.

Liz wore them with everything, explaining, "Big girls need big diamonds," and Kanye West replaced his bottom teeth with them.

2) Michael Jackson fandom.

In 1989, Liz was the first person to declare Michael Jackson "The King of Pop," and Kanye West later called him "The greatest, biggest pop-cultural figure of all time, arguably bigger than Jesus Christ." (And even Kanye!)

3) Agreement President Bush is stupid.

Liz: "I don't think President Bush is doing anything about AIDS. In [...]


The Road to Hell Is Paved with KFC

So, apparently Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando all went on an ill-conceived road trip in an effort to escape New York after 9/11. There are so many bizarre details in this story that I don't even know where to start, but here we go:

"A former employee of Michael Jackson’s says that Michael, like General Washington, led his entourage to a temporary safe haven in New Jersey, before the three superstars took to the open road… Brando allegedly annoyed his traveling companions by insisting on stopping at nearly every KFC and Burger King they passed along the highway."

General Washington, indeed! Also, it's entirely possible [...]


What Time Is It?

This is the time it is. (Thanks to Awler Mike Barthel for the reminder.)


Now You Can Own a Piece of Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry

"She had a collection like I’ve never seen before, and she knew exactly what every one was — what the diamonds were, the quality. But it was more for her; it was … the history behind it. A lot of them had sentimental value." —Says Peter Sedghi, President of Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills, about Elizabeth Taylor's insanely amazing jewelry collection, which is now going to be auctioned off. Perhaps you should bid on some of her white diamonds, which you can then hand off to people every chance you get while saying, "These have always brought me luck."