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Sybil Christopher became the wife of Richard Burton at the age of just 20 and was married to him for fourteen years. During that time she experienced the entire gamut of emotions, from pleasure to pain and back again, that being married to the great and complex actor could bring. Since the late s the nebulous concept of stardom has been subjected to a systematic inflation of values.
A new BBC documentary, Imagine: Marlon Brando, on television tonight will also show that he was one of the most troubled and misunderstood. His famous sexual appetite was fuelled by his troubled childhood with an abusive father and alcoholic mother, which shaped his insecurities but also his desires. A recent book also revealed the very specfic reasons why he turned down famous beauties like Taylor and Loren.
Following the death of close friend Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John has paid tribute to the Oscar-winning actress. Elizabeth Taylor earned her fame with her extraordinary talent as a young actress, making her first movie at the tender age of nine. She earned our adoration for her stunning beauty and for being the very essence of glamorous movie stardom.
She began her career as a child actress in the early s, and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the s. She continued her career successfully into the s, and remained a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. Inthe American Film Institute named her the seventh- greatest female screen legend.
To a young generation just making its way through movie history, Elizabeth Taylor is an artifact of another time. News of Taylor's death Wednesday at 79 stirred up thoughts of an older woman who married 8 times twice to actor Richard Burtonhung with Michael Jackson and Princehustled perfume and jewelry, and notably fought the fight against AIDs. For twentysomethings and under, Taylor's career barely registers as a blip.
The last movie star died Wednesday. By the time Elizabeth Taylor left this mortal coil at 79, she had cheated death with a long line of infirmities that had repeatedly put her in the hospital — and on front pages across the world — and in left her with a tracheotomy scar on a neck more accustomed to diamonds. The tracheotomy was the result of a bout with pneumonia that left her gasping for air and it returned her to the big, bountiful, hungry life that was one of her greatest roles.
It wasn't until the very end of her life that Elizabeth Taylor allowed a photographer into her Bel Air home. She didn't ever want photographs to be done there," her executive assistant, Tim Mendelson, shares in the new book Nimes Roadwhich was released earlier this month. But in January of —two months before the actress' death—she welcomed photographer Catherine Opie into her most private spaces. But in hindsight it was pretty obvious she was close to the end of her life," Tim noted.
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The film star Elizabeth Taylorwho has died of heart failure aged 79, was in the public eye from the age of 11 and remained there even decades after her last hit movie. Taylor was born in Hampstead, north London, of American parents. Her mother, Sara, was a former stage actor and her father, Francis, an art dealer.