Elizabeth Taylor in that white swimsuit from a key scene in Suddenly, Last Summer. Was she ever any hotter? Photo from Doctor Macro.
Elizabeth Taylor, one of the last of the old Hollywood legends of beauty and glamour, died yesterday. I am a huge Tennessee Williams fans so I especially loved her as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and as Catherine in Suddenly, Last Summer. My other favorite Elizabeth Taylor movies are Butterfield 8, A Place in the Sun, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The cover of the 2002 book Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry.
She was, of course, a big jewelry collector and two pieces she owned are currently on display in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibit Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels. From the Exhibition Object Guide:
"After starring in Cleopatra in 1963 and marrying Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor began collecting one of the best private jewelry collections in the United States. On an excursion to Geneva in 1971, Burton bought his wife this Lamartine bracelet along with the matching ear pendants to highlight her violet eyes."
Lamartine bracelet. Paris, France, 1970. Coral, amethysts, diamonds, platinum, yellow gold.
Lamartine pair of pendant earrings. Paris, France, 1971. Coral, amethysts, diamonds, platinum, yellow gold.
What a jewelry collection. What a life!