Butterfiled 8, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Elia Kazan, Elizabeth Taylor, George Stevens, Giant, James Dean, Krupp diamond, Montgomery Clift, Pacific Design Center, Paul Newman, Richard Brooks, Suddenly Last Summer, Tennessee Williams
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
That’s just a taste. She has so many! RIP Elizabeth.