by Melissa Brunner
A comment in our newsroom today had me reflecting on the legacy left by Elizabeth Taylor. The comment insuated Taylor was famous merely for marrying rich men. Several of us protested that statement, but then struggled to name many of the movies in which she starred, even questioning whether or not she'd won an Oscar.
I remember Elizabeth Taylor rose to stardom in National Velvet. To some in my generation, though, she might be better known as a friend of Michael Jackson and the face of White Diamonds perfume! I ran across a Yahoo! article today that details so much more: http://blog.movies.yahoo.com/blog/977-elizabeth-taylor-1932-2011
Reading it reminded me of just how many classic films featured Taylor: Cleopatra, Father of the Bride, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The Oscar question? She won two. The whole Michael Jackson, perfume and even Twitter business? It introduced her to a whole new generation of admirers.
Is there any actress or actor in the younger generation who you think can duplicate a body of work that will stand the test of time in a way Taylor's has? I'll be interested to hear your thoughts.