Cat On A Hot Tin Roof-Elizabeth Taylor`s Life Stormy in 1958!

March 29, 2011 by  
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A cool piano strain slips around a ravishing Maggie lounging in a white slip, as she battles with Brick over Big Daddy`s mega-bucks. I had an uncontrollable urge to see any old Liz Taylor Classic, and I found one on Netflix Instant Watch, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Production commenced in the spring of 1958, during which Liz got sick with a stomach virus, then to top that off, experienced the trauma of her husband, Mike Todd dying in a plane wreck.

When Liz returned to the shoot in April of 1958, she had lost weight because of her ordeal. I`m looking for a thinner Liz and I believe I notice her change, in the scene with the usual boozing Brick, where she has on that gorgeous white gown. I`m about 40 minutes into the film. This is just the kind of thing I`m looking for, surfing for details of Liz`s personal life against what she was doing on the Silver Screen. The personal vs. public conundrum, fodder for tabloids!

I`ve heard Tennessee Williams hated the film; don`t know just why, but maybe since Brick`s role is watered down, in terms of his sexuality. Maggie is the sexually-animated one (She`s the Cat). This reversal of roles is the key to what drives the audience`s curiosity. The theme, in my eyes, is the deteriorating status of the Old South. A dying Big Daddy is a symbol for Dixieland Going South! While flawed, I love this film and could study Liz and Paul (and Burl Ives) all day long. Even better, I need to pick up a Tennessee Williams reader.

*(A nice side issue is alcoholism, that Brick is severely afflicted with.)

The Most Glamorous Movie Star Ever, Elizabeth Taylor, Has Left Us!

March 24, 2011 by  
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I watched Cleopatra recently, and experienced it for all of its majesty; it`s better than ever really. I just did an internet search on Elizabeth Taylor, and found more than 7,000 articles you may access online. I don`t have enough time to read all 7,000 pieces, but I did find a few that are noteworthy. First of all, I`ll link you to the Daily Mirror Coverage. Of the thousands of pics I`ve ogled over, it has my favorite, Liz near the beach in a bathing suit (From the movie Suddenly Last Summer).

My favorite film of hers is Who`s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? Liz plays a great hag of a drunk! But I love just about anything from the 1960s, and what about the zany Crack`d Mirror from 1980? I actually went to the Big Screen for that one. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is another great one. Oddly enough, the first thing that came to mind when I heard she died, was the robust tabloid coverage that I experienced (all my life). I will say it lasted all the way through the `60s, `70s, and `80s.

It would be interesting just to look at all that trash again, in terms of reflecting on how the media has functioned, or reacted to a real movie star, over the past 40 or 50 years. I`ll give you a few more links (before I bore you to death). The Wikipedia entry (it will take you about two weeks to read it, though) is good for a biographical summary. You might prefer to break down her life and career in segments, and systematically watch all her films, over the weeks that come. The New York Daily News has 36 glamorous Liz pics here. My pic is of daisies at Whole Foods, but I lay it as a wreath at the foot of the future grave of the last true movie star!