My Favorite Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor

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In America, the word “icon” is often applied to a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of the society and culture and worthy of honor or great respect. Many celebrities or movie stars are often described as icons. If you were judging them based solely on their public persona, you would approve of them as “representative symbols”. If you were to include details about their private lives as reported, they might not be considered “iconic”.

Not On My List

Any list I make ignores private lives. Have you ever made your own list of iconic female celebrities? Madonna, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga might be on your list. Not on my list. I’m old school. Many of the glamorous movie stars from back in my day (“my day” meaning the 50s, 60s, and 70s) are no longer with us. A few years ago, at one of my blogs, I published my unofficial top ten list of female celebrities that in my humble opinion were “iconic”. My Top 10 List of Iconic Female Celebrities

If you review my list you will note that my favorite movie star, Elizabeth Taylor, is not on my list. She is iconic; she is legendary; and she deserves her own spotlight.

Call her “Elizabeth” or “Liz”. For those who wish to treat her as if she is almost royalty, call her Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE. (DBE = Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire). She is American; but she was born in England so the Brits love her too! Queen Elizabeth officially acknowledged her as a “Lady”.

My Favorite Elizabeth Taylor Films

Numerous documentaries have been aired on television or via the Internet about Ms. Taylor’s life and film career and I have watched too many of them to count. In discussing her significant films, one of the documentaries failed to mention ALL of my favorite Taylor movies. I have 3 favorite films and 2 out of the 3 movies on my faves list were not even mentioned. No matter. I’ll mention them now.

Below are the three motion pictures which starred Elizabeth Taylor that made a lasting impression on me, along with the memorable quotes. They are classic or vintage movies now, and they are worthy of being included in America’s cinematic history and legacy.

National Velvet (1944)

This was the story of a young girl who believed in her dream. She loved her horse named “Pi” and she believed that she and Pi could compete in a horse race for professionals. She was an unqualified jockey with no experience or training, and Pi had not been tested. It didn’t matter. She knew in her heart that they could and would win!

“ … by knowing the Pi can win and telling him so!”

Oh mother! Were we the best that we could be?”

Giant (1956)

This movie is a love story. A girl from the east married an oil millionaire from Texas. She had to make adjustments to her new lifestyle and married life had its difficulties. She loved her husband and he loved her back like vinegar on greens.

“Well, we Texans like a little bit of vinegar in our greens. It gives them flavor.” {NOTE: This is what Jordan Benedict (played by Rock Hudson) said to his wife, Leslie Benedict (Elizabeth Taylor’s character). It’s the line etched in my memory.}

Cleopatra (1963)

The title is the name of the famous Egyptian queen who loved two powerful men, the Roman emperor Julius Caesar and a Roman politician and general, Mark Antony. These romantic liaisons were for love and for lust. She desired power. The rest of her story is history.

How DARE you and the rest of your barbarians set fire to my library? Play conqueror all you want, Mighty Caesar! Rape, murder, pillage thousands, even millions of human beings! But neither you nor any other barbarian has the right to destroy one human thought!”

In Memory Of: Elizabeth Taylor (1932 -2011)

Is Elizabeth Taylor on your list of favorite actresses and do you have a favorite Liz Taylor film?

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Related Links:

Elizabeth Taylor’s 10 Most Iconic Roles | Hollywood Reporter

Liz Taylor: 10 Memorable Movie Roles | Fandango

1950s Women’s Fashion Slideshow: Fashion Icons of the Era ~ Noted icons of the 1950’s included Elizabeth Taylor

Author: Treathyl Fox

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11 thoughts on “My Favorite Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor”

  1. pgawale says:

    my favorite movie star, Elizabeth Taylor,She is iconic; she is legendary; and she deserves her own spotlight.

  2. Utpal Kumar Karmaker says:

    Elizabeth Taylor is my best female heroine. I will try to watch her all movie.

  3. Rose says:

    There is no woman like Elizabeth Taylor. I agree, she was an amazing movie star. Thanks for the remembrances of her movies.

  4. Cynthia says:

    I agree with you! I much prefer the stars from 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. Elizabeth Taylor was definitely among the best. Of course, I think of “National Velvet” when I think of her, but I had forgotten about “Giant”. In my mind, she will always be “Cleopatra” and a real vision of beauty.

  5. Sibin says:

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  6. Sibin says:

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  7. Sibin says:

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  8. Sahabuddin says:

    Helpful tips, lots of knowledge and information. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Angel says:

    one of my favorite artists, world icon of cinematography, among them “Cleopatra” for me her best work where the romantic plot was tremendously spectacular.

  10. Raghi Santhosh says:

    Elizabeth Taylor is also my all-time favorite actor.
    I like your article very much.

  11. jack says:

    Elizabeth Taylor now is my Favorite Movie Star

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