"I Don't Pretend to be an Ordinary Housewife," Elizabeth Taylor
March 23, 2011
Helena Cassadine died today. I was there when she crashed Luke and Laura Spencer’s wedding (she looked FABULOUS) and showered them with the stink eye and a Greek curse, ensuring plenty of wacky shenanigans for years to come in Port Charles. I was 20 years old, and everyone in college had skipped class to watch the other wedding of the year on General Hospital (there was also Prince Charles and Princess Di…given how THAT turned out, it appears that Helena must have crashed that wedding too.).
The episode was made even more famous by the fact that Helena Cassadine was portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor, filmed through MILES of gauze so that she had a slightly fuzzy outline. It was campy, fun and very cheesy, and gave a younger generation a touch point with the actress; a generation that knew little of Eddie Fisher, Mike Todd and the decadent scandal of '50's and '60's filmdom.
Elizabeth Taylor died on Wednesday, March 23 at the age of 79. She was unforgettable, lovely, and vibrant. She was as famous for off-screen scandal as she is for on-screen presence. Some interesting facts about Elizabeth:
- Her parents were American, born in Kansas. They relocated to England, where Elizabeth was born.
- In 1999, she was appointed "Dame Elizabeth, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire."
- She raised over 50 million dollars for AIDS research and patient support.
- She was married 8 times. (Long before "Brangelina" there was "Richabeth".)
- She had four children, and nine grandchildren.
- She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress.
Her films are legendary in cinema history, and are staples of TCM and AMC. They include: National Velvet, Little Women, Father of the Bride, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Taming of the Shrew just to name a few. All of these titles are available with the MCPL system, as are several more of her films.
Books available about Dame Elizabeth’s incredible life include:
How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood
By William J. Mann
By J. Randy Taraborrelli
Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry
By Elizabeth Taylor
So dab on your Diamonds perfume, settle back and remember a life that walked an always wavering line between scandal and sense, but always walked it with style.
North Indpendence Branch