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If you’re in LA, you can view her memorabilia, which includes gorgeous one-of-a-kind gowns, and her eye-popping jewelry collection, at the Pacific Design Center through Oct. 16th.  Items will go on auction in New York in December.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-liz-auction-20111003,0,1683302.story

Elizabeth Taylor necklace earrings bracelet

Goddess.  She glows, even in black and white.

Krupp diamond

Wow!  It’s like an infinity mirror.  33 carat Krupp diamond.

Her couture gowns and jewelry were bought and paid for.  Not like today’s here-today-gone-tomorrow starlets.  SNAP!  She passed away on March 23, 2011, at 79, but her memory and image live on.

Elizabeth Taylor James Dean Giant

These are legends, not movie stars.  James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of “Giant,” directed by George Stevens in 1956.

Here are some of her most memorable looks.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” directed by Richard Brooks, 1958, explores the rocky marriage of Brick, Paul Newman, and Maggie, Elizabeth Taylor.

Elizabeth Taylor Paul Newman Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

With Paul Newman in this now famous slip.

Elizabeth Taylor Paul Newman Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Was there ever a more gorgeous screen couple?

Elizabeth Taylor white dress Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Not that she needs help with figure flattering cuts, but this silhouette is so stunning on her, emphasizing her natural and ample bosom and tiny waist.

“Suddenly, Last Summer,” the creepy, Southern Gothic-like mystery, has the wonderfully patrician Katherine Hepburn breathing life into Tennessee Williams’s words, flitting around like a ghost haunting her home and haunted by the death of her son, Sebastian.  Her sea turtle monologue rivals Natalie Woods’s, “I’m a good girl Mama!” monologue, from “Splendor in the Grass” for best crazy lady monologue.  Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1959, Liz does a great crazy lady, too.

Elizabeth Taylor Suddenly Las Summer black dress

This could’ve been plucked from Victoria Beckham’s collection. Still very modern and flattering.

Elizabeth Taylor Suddenly Las Summer white swimsuit Montgomery Clift

This daring white, keyhole, one piece became an iconic swimsuit.

Elizabeth Taylor Suddenly Las Summer white swimsuit

Here it is in color. mptvimages.com

In “Butterfield 8,” she plays Gloria Wandrous, a sometimes actress/call girl trying to go legit, directed by Daniel Mann, 1960.  What’s striking about her performance is her vulnerability layered with world weariness and optimism.

Elizabeth Taylor Butterfield 8 slip

Another memorable slip. She was petite but perfectly proportioned.

Elizabeth Taylor Butterfield 8 black dress pearls

As Gloria she was the lust object looking for love, dignity, and respect in all the wrong places.

That’s just a taste. She has so many! RIP Elizabeth.

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