ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Marilyn Myth & The Liz Legend Part 3

Updated on April 29, 2010

Elizabeth Taylor is a different sort of screen goddess, even though she too has been on a life - long quest for true love, with her numerous marriages and rumored affairs. But, unlike MM, from her earliest teenage film roles Liz received critical praise as a serious actress. She had the opportunity throughout her career to sink her teeth into the kind of movies that Marilyn only dreamed of, earning two Oscars in the process, one as a jaded call - girl in Butterfield 8 and the other as a troubled college professor's wife in the wrenching Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
Like MM, Liz graced the covers of many magazines, and she holds the record as having been on the most Life magazine covers. And even now, in her advanced senior years, her image is regularly found in fashion magazines, weekly tabloids and other publications.

Elizabeth Taylor has kept the public fascinated for over four decades. Her numerous bouts with life - threatening illnesses and her battles with food and drug binges have all been received with general sympathy. The scandal surrounding her fabled extra - marital affair with actor Richard Burton kept whole staffs of tabloids employed throughout the 1960s, and even then, she was depicted less as a brazen other - woman, and more as a regal empress seeking out her rightful emperor.

At the pinnacle of her screen popularity the royal couple paired up in one of the most spectacular bombs ever produced, the abysmal Cleopatra. That's where they met, and fell in love, despite her marriage to recording artist Eddie Fisher, whom it was said Liz stole away from Debbie Reynolds, and his to London celebrity Sybil. Their stormy relationship, marked by two major break - ups and two weddings, was reported upon almost daily in the press. Burton showered his queen with riches beyond measure, and the couple's lifestyle flaunted an opulence that most could only dream of, flying off to Paris for candlelight dinners and such like.

Not long after Burton's death in 1985 Liz told the press that he was the only man she had ever truly loved. Surely their story is one that legends are made of.

In recent years, Liz has attained even more of a regal status. It may be in her position as spokesperson for AIDS awareness that Elizabeth Taylor has found her most elevated status. A tireless and highly visible presence in the Hollywood community, she frequently appears in public to fight the good fight.

While Liz, like MM, held a spot as one of America's premier sex symbols during the 1950s and '60s, she was able to remain aloof as she was desired, living her own life with an I-don't-give-a-damn and a projected image of strength, opposed to Marilyn's vulnerability. And though her private life has been racked with more pain than any six people should have to endure, she has created the lasting image of survivor, not victim. With all her weight fluctuations and health woes, she remains a glamorous icon, providing living proof that older women can still be stunningly beautiful, something that Marilyn never had the opportunity to demonstrate.

Back To Start

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)