The world stopped for a moment in time this morning when the legendary Dame Elizabeth Taylor passed away.
An era in time is over.
Elizabeth Taylor’s achievements in film were outstanding. How can we forget her as a teenager in National Velvet? Then A Place in the Sun with Montgomery Clift when her tulle “daisy” dress became the most copied dress of all time for debutantes. Her performance with Paul Newman in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Rock Hudson and James Dean in Giant, Butterfield 8 with Eddie Fisher (which earned her, her first Academy Award), Cleopatra (the start of her life-time, love affair with Richard Burton) and her next Academy Award winning performance for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? solidified her international elite status above and beyond any other female actor of her day.
Her continual and undying philanthropic work for AIDS gave the world hope, promise and awareness.
This year, one of the greatest highlights of my entire life was when I was asked to remake Cleopatra for Harper’s Bazaar magazine in a fashion shoot. Not only did I get to wear Dame Elizabeth’s original clothing from the movie, but I got to interview her for this piece! I never felt so lucky and fortunate; it was truly the greatest honor and dream of mine to be the iconic “Elizabeth Taylor” for one day! As I got to know her, I saw her beauty both inside and out, loved her humor and business mind and her spirit for life was truly amazing and contagious.
Unfortunately, this was Ms. Taylor’s last interview ever and her last tweet was about our piece in Bazaar together. I am so very grateful to have had this amazing and phenomenal experience personally with my life-time idol, Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Everyone remembers Elizabeth Taylor’s famed and celebrated marriages along with her beautiful, acquired and renowned jewelry collection over the years.
But for me, as I sadly write this piece, I know that interviewing and getting to know Elizabeth Taylor will always be the real “jewel” in my life!