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Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

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Affection for Taylor is a generational thing; by the time I started watching films with any seriousness, she had become less artist than icon.  For my parents and especially my grandparents, though, Liz Taylor was a major cultural figure.  I wouldn’t say that her work has aged particularly well, although I like Giant as much as the next guy. I find it just a bit remarkable that she was only 79 when she passed; compare the arc of her career to Clint Eastwood or William Shatner (both about a year older), and remember that at the intensity of her stardom considerably outshone either.

Rest in peace.

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