Like everyone else, I am bittersweet about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. I am so sorry she's gone, for my own self - because I adored her and everything about her. But I also know as everyone does, that she's in heaven now . . . people have said she's with her great friend Michael Jackson, and there are her great loves to consider. We have to think that heaven is perfect, because I know that she didn't just love one man. What's the heaven situation with both Mike Todd and Richard Burton? There has to be a workaround . . .
But the clothes!
Explain to me why it isn't possible today to construct dresses of the degree of perfection, beauty and class of this iconic green dress.
I'm not fond of social commentator Camille Paglia, but I am appreciative of her comments on Elizabeth Taylor's femininity in Salon.
This indeed why Elizabeth Taylor was and will ever be my favorite actress, and all-good in my book under all circumstances. I might love the style and femininity of Marilyn Monroe, and I do, and I might be a lot "closer" to Marilyn as a fellow blonde, but Elizabeth Taylor was not only the symbol of great beauty when I was growing up, she was the perfect woman.
Camille Paglia is so right about what Elizabeth meant to us. She was a goddess. She was feminine enough to be a complete woman. There is no need for women to "compete" with men - because men (sorry RuPaul) play their role in the world, and women fill theirs. As to Camille's comments about Elizabeth's ability to be a partner and friend to men both gay and straight - it is the same. When you love yourself, and I believe Elizabeth did love herself, loving others is easy.
As to her extraordinary beauty, I also believe that it isn't possible to be as beautiful as Elizabeth always was, if it did not come from a deep inner source.
This is one of the great frustrating stereotypes. Of course not every extraordinarily beautiful person is beautiful inside as well as out, but the great beauties always have an inner strength that shines through.
I'm, as usual, searching for answers to tell the best story I can - and have written a lifetime searching for the heroine's story. Elizabeth, I think, once again inspires me. The answer is not in the heroine "acting like a hero." It's in her acting like . . . Elizabeth.