Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

When the Cross household finally entered the days of home video in the mid-80s, my parents sought out movies they had enjoyed in their younger days.  Interestingly enough, they could not locate some they wanted to see featuring Elizabeth Taylor.  They had lived through the days of media reports regarding her many affairs and remembered the stories of her and Richard Burton.  Sadly, the first experience I remember clearly of Ms. Taylor was when she made appearances in the 80s with Michael Jackson.  I remember how a big deal was made of her becoming Maggie’s voice on an episode of The Simpsons – all over one word, “DaDa.”  The first time I saw her on a movie screen was in the live-action version of The Flintstones.

I know, pretty daggum sad for me to admit these travesties.

While I may not have experienced her work at the high-point of her career, I do know that she was a star that transcended generations.  At least we are privileged enough to be able to view her body of work any time we like…

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