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Legendary Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies at the age of 79
Born February 27, 1932, Elizabeth Taylor was my mom’s inspiration.
This legendary movie actress died of heart failure at the age of 79, just like my mom.
The impact of her death sent my head spinning. Comparing her to my own mother would be unfair.
Their lives were different in many ways and yet the parallelisms shook the deepest part of my soul.
Elizabeth Taylor was a movie actress; my mom was not in the public eye. However, my mom was born on February 26 and she died from heart failure at the age of 79 as well.
Elizabeth Taylor Tribute by Paul Newman
My mom was married to the same man for over 47 years before my father passed away. Liz Taylor had been married 8 times to 7 different husbands. The Hollywood life creates this style of living. It is a life that promises great things but fails to deliver.
The parallels seem unlikely but the coincidences are too strong to ignore.
Ms. Taylor was surrounded by her 4 children at the time she died. Having 4 children as well, my mom suffered with congestive heart failure.
Elizabeth Taylor’s son, in a recent statement said, “We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
These were the same heartfelt sentiments I felt over the loss of my own dear mother.
A two time Academy Award winner, Elizabeth was known for exceptional beauty.
At a very young age, in 1945 she won the hearts of Hollywood with her role in “National Velvet.” Only 12 years old, she was destined to become a great Hollywood legend.
With over 50 movies during her lifetime, Elizabeth Taylor displayed a portrait like no other. Her movies inspired many. The movie, “Cleopatra” was one of her greatest performances.
Working alongside the likes of many great actors in her day such as Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Bing Crosby, James Dean, Paul Newman, and of course Richard Burton, whom she married twice.
A great friend to many within the industry, she was also a great humanitarian.
In my memory, her friendship to Michael Jackson stands out the most amongst all those other friendships.
Michael Jackson was disgraced and humiliated in the public and Liz Taylor stood right by his side defending him.
What greater friend would do this and with such, is the power of true friendship.
Her Humanitarian Award acceptance speech in 1993 was truly inspiring.
“ I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame." - Elizabeth Taylor
The tributes poured in from all over. Hollywood mourns a legend.
Whoopi Goldberg on "The View" said, "She really mentored me."
Larry King said, “She was larger than life. She fought the fight against AIDS. If she was your friend, she was your friend for life. We’ll never see her likes again. She’s the end of an era.”
"She liked all the diamonds, but the real diamond was her." - George Hamilton, actor.
Elizabeth Taylor will live on in her movies and in the hearts of many.
My father once said the reason he married my mom was because she looked like Elizabeth Taylor.
My mom just smiled.
Maybe my parents were there to welcome Ms. Taylor, and my mom finally got the chance to meet her "twin."
This has been my personal tribute to a Hollywood actress, one I never knew, but always felt connected to.