Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

She was with us a long time, but not nearly long enough. Early this morning, at age 79, we lost Elizabeth Taylor to congestive heart failure. More than just a movie star, Taylor was our last bond to a version of Hollywood that has long since faded to black. That gets said about a lot of people, but unfortunately, in Taylor's case, it's true. But Liz wasn’t the type to let advancing age and deteriorating health banish her from the spotlight. She swam with sharks! She interviewed Kim Kardashian, and then tweeted about it! Those violet eyes never stopped sparkling with indomitable spirit—look closely enough, and you might catch a glimmer of her vast, softball-sized-diamond collection, each with its own ex-husband story to tell.

Turner Classic Movies has announced that it will air a 24-hour memorial tribute to Taylor on Sunday, April 10; it will include airings of both of Taylor’s Oscar-winning performances—Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)—as well as other classics like National Velvet (1944), Giant (1956) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

While Liz is best known for her big-screen roles, she has made some memorable appearances on the small screen as well. Seeing as this is TV.com, we thought we’d highlight a few of them.

In 1954, she was the mystery guest on What’s My Line?. Extra points to the panelist who guessed Taylor's identity based on a question about one of her lesser-known husbands—though I guess there were a lot fewer to keep track of back then.



In 1981, Taylor played the part of Helena Cassadine on General Hospital. This wasn’t Liz doing an art school project like James Franco—she just really loved the show, and wanted to take part in the Luke and Laura’s Wedding-mania that was sweeping the nation. This montage of outtakes is classic, but be warned: Auntie Liz has a toilet mouth!



Taylor stumbled adorably through her presentation of the 2000 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, but after some coaching from producer Dick Clark, she finally made it to announcing the winner: “GLAAAAdiator!” So cute.



Finally, here is the ad for Elizabeth’s fragrance, White Diamonds. I always wished they’d expanded this commercial into a feature film. It seemed like a perfect mixture of La Dolce Vita, Out of Africa, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.



RIP, Liz.

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She had a good perfume. She should have appeared on the Simpsons more times, she was actually good on that.
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Her 1970 appearance on Here's Lucy with Richard Burton, in which Lucy was trying on Taylor's famous diamond ring and couldn't get it off, was unforgettable to anyone who's seen it. Apparently, several people haven't.
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Everyone forgot her ultimate guest appearance with her then huband on Lucille Ball's Here's Lucy! In 1970 First episode in Season 3!
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Rest in Peace Ms.Taylor
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RIP She was a legend.
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R.I.P Elizabeth, you were an outstanding actress and a fantastic role model, you'll be missed dearly. My sympathies go to the family and friends.
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Elizabeth Taylor was a unique blend of timeless beauty, acting profiency, generosity, and subject of endless fascination. Her Cleopatra shook up both the ancient and modern world. She is truly one of a kind.

I was saddened by her death, however, she lived an amazing life of romance, great performances, passion to raise funds to fight AIDS, and loved her four children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren very much. Furthermore,thank you for giving the world the most famous love story of the silver screen- you and Richard Burton.

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Sad news, one of the greats.
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An brillant actress, a seem-to-be lovely person. Truly one of the biggest Stars from the great hollywood period still alive. Rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor. May your afterlife be as rich as your life was.
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simply a legend! she truely is one of the last classical beauties
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A brilliant actress, and a fighter; a survivor. She was so strong, and did everything she did with class and style. Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor. Your legacy will live on.
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mermayd - if you enjoyed her in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" make sure you check out "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" Personally, I thought she was at her best alongside Lucille Ball on "Here's Lucy" She showed her comedic abilities and held her ground with one of the greatests, if not the greatest of all time in Lucille Ball. Truly a beauty, a lady, and a legend. She personified Hollywood. RIP Liz.
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She was an amazing "Lady", a word you can't use to describe many of the actresses anymore. rest in peace
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Rest peacefully, Ms. Taylor.
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RIP she had such talent.
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RIP Such an amazing, talented person.
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She was a very beautiful person.. RIP..
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RIP The end of a great era.
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truly one of the ALL TIME GREATS she will be missed
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Rest in pease, Elisabeth Taylor. Glamorous, beautifull and scary... A real Hollywood legend! I do wonder if there's still someone from that golden age who'll be at the funeral.?
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She is fantastic in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. RIP
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RIP Elizabeth!!
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RIP Elizabeth. You will be missed.
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