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Liz Taylor 'at death's door'
News.Com. AU ^ | April 28, 2006 | staff writer

Posted on 04/28/2006 5:54:50 AM PDT by yankeedame

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To: PBRSTREETGANG

WOW, that pic makes me want to blow big chunks on my keyboard.

ARGH.


51 posted on 04/28/2006 7:35:58 AM PDT by roaddog727 (eludium PU36 explosive space modulator)
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To: najida
News reports say she'll be buried with her husband Richard Burton. I think they were the two people really in love and I never understood why they broke up. They seemed such a natural fit together so it would be kind of ironic to see them together in death united in a way they never were in life.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

52 posted on 04/28/2006 7:41:10 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: veronica

One of the most beautiful women, ever.


53 posted on 04/28/2006 7:43:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If a woman gives birth in Indiana, is she a Hoosier Mama?)
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To: yankeedame

Another marker of the passing of an age.


54 posted on 04/28/2006 7:47:25 AM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1100 knives and counting!)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
She broke the million dollar salary ceiling when she made Cleopatra. I don't think any actor had ever made that much money for a movie. The producers were hounding her to take the role, and she kiddingly told her reps to say that she'd do it for a million dollars. When they actually accepted she howled with laughter. According to Liz she was taking a bath when they called to accept her terms.
55 posted on 04/28/2006 7:50:45 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: Ramius

Quite so...


56 posted on 04/28/2006 7:51:11 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: goldstategop

Honestly? I think it was his heavy drinking that made it hard for her to live with him.

Not that he was abusive, but that she couldn't stand by and watch him destroy himself.


57 posted on 04/28/2006 7:52:02 AM PDT by najida (Founder of the Contrarian Party....Do NOT argue with me ;))
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To: veronica
They wanted a very exotic actress for the role. And she must have been worth the money, since, if you do see "Cleopatra" today, its hard to imagine any one else in the title role.

(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")

58 posted on 04/28/2006 7:52:42 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: OB1kNOb


59 posted on 04/28/2006 7:53:26 AM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: goldstategop
Here's some fun stuff.:)

Trivia for Cleopatra...

A clerical error on the part of the Academy cost Roddy McDowall an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Adjusting for inflation, this is the most expensive movie ever made to date (mid-1999). Its budget of $44 million is equivalent to 270 million 1999 dollars. Elizabeth Taylor had 65 costume changes for this film, a record for a motion picture. The figure is exceeded by Joan Collins, who had 85 costume changes in the TV movie "Sins" (1986) (mini).

Coincidentally, Collins was set to star as Cleopatra before Taylor was signed. In 1958 Joan Collins was cast in the title role, but after several delays she became unavailable. Collins had previously starred in a similar role in Land of the Pharaohs (1955). After Collins' departure, Audrey Hepburn was considered as a replacement by producer Walter Wanger. Wanger then offered the role to Elizabeth Taylor. He called her on the set of her latest film, Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) and related the offer through Taylor's then husband Eddie Fisher who had answered the phone. As a joke, Taylor replied "Sure, tell him I'll do it for a million dollars." This then unheard-of sum was accepted and in October 1959 Taylor became the first Hollywood star to receive $1 million for a single picture. Soon after shooting began in England, Elizabeth Taylor became ill and could not work. As her presence was required for almost every scene production soon closed down. Director Rouben Mamoulian finally resigned on January 3, 1961. He was followed by stars Peter Finch and Stephen Boyd, who had to honor prior commitments. Taylor's illness prevented her from working again in England's weather for at least 6 months. Therefore the production moved to Rome. The sets and the footage already shot were scrapped. (See also Carry On Cleo (1964)).

Various employees of Rome's Cinecitta studios where this was filmed stole several millions of dollars worth of equipment and props while production took place. A group of female extras who played Cleopatra's various servants and slave girls went on strike to demand protection from amorous Italian extras and their bottom-pinching fingers. The studio eventually hired a special guard to protect the extras.

Rex Harrison had a clause in his contract stipulating that whenever a picture of Richard Burton appeared in an ad, so would his. A large sign was put up on Broadway showing only Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. After Harrison's lawyers complained, the studio fulfilled the contract by placing a picture of Harrison on one corner of the billboard.

The original list of choices for the role of Marc Antony were Stephen Boyd, Richard Johnson, Michael David, Peter O'Toole, Peter Finch and Laurence Harvey. Boyd was cast as Antony while Finch was cast as Caesar. However, both men had to leave the project due to the lengthy delays and their obligations to other projects. Boyd was replaced by Richard Burton and Finch was replaced by Rex Harrison. Filming began in 1960.

More trivia by following the link.

60 posted on 04/28/2006 8:03:00 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: murdoog
I loved her in "The Flintstones"

Yes, one of her best rolls.

61 posted on 04/28/2006 8:04:40 AM PDT by Angus MacGregor (Wars are fought in the will...)
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To: yankeedame
“Maggie the cat is alive! I’m alive!”

Here’s hoping that reports of her imminent death are premature.

62 posted on 04/28/2006 8:04:50 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Liz

You did that on purpose. I just got finished with a cold shower. I'll grab another towel and return in a few minutes. - LOL! OB1


63 posted on 04/28/2006 8:05:44 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (History will record that America's unprotected southern border was its Trojan horse.)
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To: OB1kNOb

LOL----oops, sorry 'bout that.


64 posted on 04/28/2006 8:07:52 AM PDT by Liz (We have room for but one flag, the American flag." —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: OB1kNOb

When young she was one STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL woman.

Exquisite.


65 posted on 04/28/2006 8:08:04 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
Stunning!

Those EYES, hair and skin contrast ... face shape ... like a goddess.

I hope she has her spiritual life in order. Does anyone know if she is a Christian? He'll take anyone, John 3:16 and it's not too late for her. Eternity is a LONG time ... .
66 posted on 04/28/2006 8:11:34 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
Stunning!

Those EYES, hair and skin contrast ... face shape ... like a goddess.

I hope she has her spiritual life in order. Does anyone know if she is a Christian? He'll take anyone, John 3:16 and it's not too late for her. Eternity is a LONG time ... .
67 posted on 04/28/2006 8:11:39 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: nmh
Exquisite.

The perfect word to describe her early beauty. Thanks.

68 posted on 04/28/2006 8:12:33 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (History will record that America's unprotected southern border was its Trojan horse.)
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To: TBP

Some are inching faster and there's no mystery that their knocking on death's door.


69 posted on 04/28/2006 8:14:58 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: veronica
Like Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, John Wayne, and Paul Newman, to name a few, Liz Taylor is one-of-a-kind, an icon. I don't think we have many stars of her caliber today. Her passing will be very sad. Certainly no actress has ever been a bigger movie star.

OR TRAMP.

70 posted on 04/28/2006 8:16:04 AM PDT by chit*chat
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To: yankeedame
"She's not leaving a lot of money to her children.

Well, that explains all those breaks in her back...

71 posted on 04/28/2006 8:17:39 AM PDT by 2Jedismom (Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same.)
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To: veronica

Eleanor Clift is related only by marriage. She's a mediocre-at-best "journalist" who has gotten to where she is by virtue of that last name only.


72 posted on 04/28/2006 8:17:50 AM PDT by paddles
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To: yankeedame

I remember a Liz Taylor joke about her ample frame that went something like this; "When mosquitos bite her they get gravy."


73 posted on 04/28/2006 8:19:09 AM PDT by paddles
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To: yankeedame
"The Oscar winner, 74, is believed to be bedridden in her Bel Air, California, home. Taylor reportedly cancelled her annual Easter party to plan her funeral next marriage."

There, fixed it.

74 posted on 04/28/2006 8:20:18 AM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: goldstategop
"if you do see "Cleopatra" today, its hard to imagine any one else in the title role. "

The irony, of course, is that as a historical figure the role was horribly miscast. Yes, I know, it's a movie not a history book. I'm just saying that the popular conception of Cleopatra is all Hollywood.
75 posted on 04/28/2006 8:23:05 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I thought the real Cleopatra was beautiful?

Is that false?

In any event, Liz Taylor flattered her with how she looked. I have little doubt that Liz was more beautiful.


76 posted on 04/28/2006 8:25:19 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: paddles
Eleanor Clift is related only by marriage.
She's a mediocre-at-best "journalist".

You're too generous.

77 posted on 04/28/2006 8:29:04 AM PDT by trickyricky
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To: trickyricky

Yeah, I know. But it's Friday....


78 posted on 04/28/2006 8:29:58 AM PDT by paddles
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To: Charles Martel

"Well, at least we can be sure that Michael Jackson has an assortment of black veils..."

Yeah, but will he come back from Boyland, I mean Bahrain to attend the funeral?


(Do you know why he lost interest in his Neverland ranch?)


79 posted on 04/28/2006 8:31:23 AM PDT by Rebelbase ("truth is not invalidated by suppression"--nicmarlo)
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To: LS
Good morning.
"No one had Liz's eyes."

Those eyes were incredible, enough to make you catch your breath.

Michael Frazier
80 posted on 04/28/2006 8:31:37 AM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
"They didn't come any prettier than this...."

Mmmm... don't know about that. Sophia Loren was bodacious back in her day, too.


81 posted on 04/28/2006 8:36:15 AM PDT by Rebelbase ("truth is not invalidated by suppression"--nicmarlo)
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To: YaYa123

"I think it's sort of wierd Liz Taylor, (who converted to Judaism when she married Mike Todd), has annual Easter parties"

Maybe 'cause annual Passover Parties don't have the right ring to it. What could you do? Dye Matzo Balls?


82 posted on 04/28/2006 8:40:00 AM PDT by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: yankeedame

She'll die knowing she really lived, and lived large.


83 posted on 04/28/2006 8:49:23 AM PDT by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: yankeedame
her pet Maltese terrier, Sugar

I, too, have a Maltese named Sugar...

84 posted on 04/28/2006 9:08:17 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

Bone cancer will weaken bones too.


85 posted on 04/28/2006 9:09:34 AM PDT by Terriergal ("My conscience is captive to the word of God...here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." ML)
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To: paddles
Yeah, I know. But it's Friday....

I used to love watching her on John McLaughlin's show.
She always looked like she just woke up,
or hadn't slept in about 48 hours.

Probably late-nighters with her lib buddies.

86 posted on 04/28/2006 9:10:38 AM PDT by trickyricky
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To: yankeedame

What the heck is a maltese terrier? Ain't no such thing.


87 posted on 04/28/2006 9:10:39 AM PDT by Terriergal ("My conscience is captive to the word of God...here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." ML)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

I suggested bone cancer... but likely they would have named that. Osteoporosis sounds more likely, as you say.


88 posted on 04/28/2006 9:11:22 AM PDT by Terriergal ("My conscience is captive to the word of God...here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." ML)
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To: veronica

Didn't she adopt Michael Jackson. They are close you know. (sarcasm on)


89 posted on 04/28/2006 9:16:07 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (Politicians and the U.S. Government are liars, cheats and thieves, in it for their own gain.)
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To: Terriergal
What the heck is a maltese terrier? Ain't no such thing.

Originally, Maltese were considered part of the Terrier group. Now they are considered Toys. Maltese Terrier is just an old-fashioned name for Maltese....

* My wife and I breed Maltese.

90 posted on 04/28/2006 9:21:07 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: nmh
"I thought the real Cleopatra was beautiful?"

She was not. Her charm was her intelligence and personality. She was also a strawberry blond. She was not an Egyptian either. She was a Macedonian Greek.
91 posted on 04/28/2006 9:21:45 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: veronica

Ah, yes ... as Leslie Benedict in "Giant." Definitely my favorite of her roles. Also one of my favorite movies.

She was stunning - as in the pix here on the thread in the white brocade dress and in the red dress. Dynamite. Liz has always had a presence about her that is larger than life. I'm sure you know when she's in the room.

Remember her rehab husband, Larry Fort-something? Was it Fortensky? Egad, it's hard to believe she is *only* 74 - she's done at least 100 years of living.

In addition to the movies most have mentioned (even "The Flinstones"), I remember her in "Raintree County." It was a terrible movie, but I was just a little kid and it seemed GWTW-like to me. I always thought if Liz had been older, she could've played Scarlett O'Hara very well - although Vivien Leigh was so exquisite, there's no imagining anyone else in the role.

She was also in the very strangest movie I think I ever saw, at least at the time it was. It was with Marlon Brando and Julie Harris, IIRC - "Reflections in a Golden Eye." Just downright *weird.*

I loved it when she first got fat (a la John Belushi) - the porky among us had a "role model." If Liz Taylor could let everyone see her get fat, it shouldn't matter to any of the rest of us who had put on a few ourselves. I lost it all about the first time she did.

Indeed, her marriage to Michael Todd ("Todd-ao") seemed to be her happiest, but Richard Burton was the love of her life, I think. (Oh, obviously, since she's being buried next to him.) They couldn't live *with* each other or *without* each other.

The last I heard about a "gentleman caller," it was Rod Steiger and it was during one of her other more recent "bedridden" periods. Remember when she fell and hit her head on the nightstand? She was supposed to die that time, too. The press has been writing her obit for a long time.

Bless your heart, Liz - you're one of a kind.


92 posted on 04/28/2006 9:25:24 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: LS

Actually, there was a whore in St. Louis in the early fifties who had ties to bank robbers. She was known as 'the whore with violet eyes'...my dad interviewed her once when he was a G-man.


93 posted on 04/28/2006 9:25:57 AM PDT by wtc911 (You can't get there from here)
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To: veronica

Only a woman would enjoy Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf.


94 posted on 04/28/2006 9:26:45 AM PDT by wtc911 (You can't get there from here)
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To: D-Chivas
Congestive heart failure at her age is literally a death sentence. She'll be gone by the end of the year, for sure.

Not necessarily. I have had 90 year old patients that have lived with CHF for many years, but then most were VERY compliant with their therapy.

95 posted on 04/28/2006 9:28:01 AM PDT by tertiary01 (May 1st-- PINKO DE MAYO shop til you drop)
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To: spectre
I wonder if she and Ex hubbie, John Warner, are on friendly terms?

I'm pretty sure they are.

Incidentally, the "chicken bone" incident was on a campaign stop for him in 1978.

96 posted on 04/28/2006 9:30:37 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: nmh

The real Cleopatra was the owner of a championship snout...but also one of the biggest treasuries around...


97 posted on 04/28/2006 9:33:49 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: nmh
Here ya go..

"On the January 15, 2001 "Larry King Live" show, Elizabeth Taylor was asked "You are Jewish, are you not?" and she replied "I am, I am." (She had converted when marrying singer Eddie Fisher, and of course she later married the Jewish producer and impresario Michael Todd.)

Elizabeth Taylor narrated portions of "Genocide," produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, that went on to received the 1981 Academy Award® for best feature documentary, the first Holocaust documentary to be given this honor.

sw

98 posted on 04/28/2006 9:38:30 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Terriergal
Adorable critters.
99 posted on 04/28/2006 10:14:53 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily

Yeah they're pretty cute(if you cut their hair...) ;-) and I knew what a maltese was but I didn't realize they were terriers. Apparently they are (just did a google search) but it's weird that they would bring up that archaic term. It'd be like calling an airedale a Waterside Terrier. No one would know what you meant anymore.


100 posted on 04/28/2006 10:24:05 AM PDT by Terriergal ("My conscience is captive to the word of God...here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." ML)
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