Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011
During our Unrequited Love in Film challenge, the inspiration for my "Yellow Rose of Texas" Dress was Elizabeth Taylor's character in Giant. While I was never a huge Elizabeth Taylor fan (I'm more a Debbie Reynolds sort of person), she was one of those celebrities that sort of seemed like they were immortal. Especially for me, as a child of the 1980s. I remember her being the living icon of "Old Hollywood."
Like so many other child stars, she regretted losing her childhood to Hollywood (that was her bond with Michael Jackson). Lest we think that turning very young teenagers into sex icons is a new trend, the little girl was made into "Liz Taylor," way sooner than she should have been.
Here she is, on the cover of Life Magazine from 1947. She's 15.
Another photo of the 15-year-old:
But the most striking image is this iconic photograph of Taylor in what I believe has to be one of the most beautiful Hollywood dresses. At the time this photo was taken, she was not yet 17. Yes, this is a sixteen year-old: