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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Inspiration: Elizabeth Taylor

Star Power: Set like a 10 carat diamond in the firmament of heaven, Liz Taylor's star still burns brightly
In every sense of the word, Elizabeth Taylor is a true style icon. Beyond the celestial beauty of her youth,  the down-to-earth heat of her personality, this supernova of a woman still burned brightly even in her end of days. While her life contained tragedy, she didn't read as tragic, and in spite of her many tumultuous loves and losses, her bearing was always regal.  In her life-long role of celebrity, I was always struck by her flesh and blood qualities. She was, and will continue to be an inspiration for me in the expression of her passions, her elegance,  her savvy and her grand heart. How she simutaneously could be one of the biggest stars in the world, EVER, and yet seem so approachable and  so real is a tribute to her soul power, not just her star power. Her body is now at rest, but I can't help but feel that her star still burns brightly in the firmament, formerly in Hollywood, now in Heaven.

There is a lovely tribute written about Dame Elizabeth over at Entertainment Weekly, so I'm not going to regurgitate a quick bio for you here. You can read the facts on the life and death of this extraordinary ICON elsewhere. There are some wonderful blog posts commemorating the life of icon Elizabeth Taylor. Most touching for me were Marissa's photo essay over at The Well Appointed Catwalk, and the wonderfully written tribute at Beautifully Invisible. If you'd like to read their touching tributes, please click here and here

The moment I was first inspired by the legendary Liz Taylor was when I saw this: 

R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor. February 27, 1932- March 23, 2011
(Photo courtesy of Agata of Listal)
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28 comments:

Vanessa said...

I was so sad when I read the news. I've been looking at photographs of her on various sights, and she was a true beauty. Poised, elegant and refined.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

One of my favorite movies as a girl was NATIONAL VELVET...she was so beautiful in that movie..I admired her so much..such a truly gorgeous woman!

WendyB said...

She was a mega-star!

Ofelia said...

Bella, an amazing human being!!!
Rich in beauty, talent and kindness!!

ChocoDisco said...

I just heard!
so sad =(

btw I registered on blogspot with chocodisco long ago... later moved on to host my own site, that's why the different names you see, sorry to confuse you!

My Heart Blogged said...

She was such a beautiful person. I'm glad she is resting peacefully now though.
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Casee Marie said...

"Set like a 10 carat diamond in the firmament of heaven", that may be the most fitting and beautiful sentiment about her that I've read all day. This was a wonderful tribute, Bella!

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was my introduction to Liz as well and it still serves as one of my favorite films. I first watched it whilst in the throws of a wicked crush on Paul Newman yet Liz's performance managed to cut through the stupor those electric blue eyes put me in and she just captivated me. Such a talented and passionate woman.

Beautifully Invisible said...

Bella, this was absolutely beautiful. An amazing tribute for a truly amazing woman.

I adore this: "Beyond the celestial beauty of her youth, the down-to-earth heat of her personality, this supernova of a woman still burned brightly even in her end of days. While her life contained tragedy, she didn't read as tragic, and in spite of her many tumultuous loves and losses, her bearing was always regal."

So, so true, and so eloquently phrased.

Thank you for the link love. I am honored that you found my tribute worthy of mentioning. I am still in shock over her loss - she just seemed so timeless that I never considered that one day she would be gone. I pray that she is peace and that maybe - just maybe - she and her true love are together again.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Funny how some strangers can wiggle the way into your own odd heart. Really, just watching her as Maggie with the late great Paul Newman, pulls at the heartstrings a little. Only I don't feel an ounce of sad. Grateful maybe, to see the grandeur of these star folk, and wish there were some modern day version of this kind of star power.
She lived a wonderful life, and I get the feeling she knew it.

Marissa said...

Oh, wow. Thank you so much, Bella! As I was reading your beautiful tribute, I was thinking how superficial mine must seem in comparison. Then I got to the end, and there's your kind little mention. I'm so glad to know you found it touching. Can you believe I've never seen Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Putting it on my Netflix list now.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Marissa it was your sweet tribute that triggered mine! And watch Cat on a Hot Tin Roof- it is so good!

tim said...

It's hard for her fans to accept it. But that's life..

Skyelarkbirdy said...

Beautiful post, beautiful woman.

Sara said...

Lovely post, Elizabeth is one of my goddesses. Even though I didn't feel like I have very much to say in my tibute to her. :) She is just so gorgeous.

sacramento said...

She will always be the only woman in the world with violet eyes. I will say no more.
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Collette Osuna said...

Liz was a legendary icon who will be so missed. It indeed was a very sad day:(

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Lnj said...

I love your sincerity. E. Taylor was an amazing woman.

So sad to see her go..

frontrowspectator.com said...

so sad to see her go..

E.taylor was an amazing woman...

Ife' said...

She was such a firecracker. We all strive to be so gorgeous & unforgettable. A portrait of a lady. I think you're right. Her star will absolutely continue to burn bright...

claradevi said...

Never heard that!
saddd :(
This is my first time here and I love, love your blog. Very inspiring and neat!

Love from Indonesia!
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Oh to Be a Muse said...

she was definitely a true style icon!

Arash Mazinani said...

I didn't realise how pretty she was when she was younger. RIP.

THE-LOUDMOUTH said...

Pure class.

I wanna have a movie marathon.

Helga! said...

Her memory will never fade!! She was one of my Mummy's faves,and she has always been on my list of incredible women.I love her best in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!
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Laura Connell said...

I love Elizabeth Taylor's restrained intensity. And Paul Newman is too much! Ooh la la, is it hot in here?

Fiamma said...

It's so sad! She'll always be an icon and a true inspiration!

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Fashion Limbo said...

I think that's what made her such an icon, that even though she was a HUGE screen star she was still an amazing human being and managed to reach so many people. Lovely tribute, very fitting post, and congrats in making it on the IFB links :)

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Great inspiration, but it's strange because I did'nt think Elizabeth Taylor was beautiful when I was younger. can't understand why ... ?

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