They just don’t make them like Elizabeth Taylor anymore.The very last of the old Hollywood stars is gone, and all we’re left with now is a bunch of celebrities who do not have in their entire bodies that true star power that Elizabeth Taylor possessed in her pinkie finger.
She was an impeccable dame in every sense of the word, standing up to an elusive disease which led her to establish the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) in 1985, in a time when the so called leader of the free world, then President Ronald Reagan didn’t even have the guts to address the disease.
Just as she was a collector of lavish diamonds from around the world, Elizabeth Taylor also collected her fair share of men, raking in a whopping total of 8 marriages throughout her lifetime (beat that JLo). And while Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Reese Witherspoon among many other modern day celebrities try their hand at banking in on the current celebrity-designed perfume craze, few could forget that Elizabeth Taylor was the pioneer in the business when she released White Diamonds in 1991. Preserved in YouTube archives forever, that old style black and white commercial for White Diamonds will forever be ingrained in our minds, as will Elizabeth Taylor’s alluring voice as she revealed that, “White Diamonds last forever”.
Elizabeth Taylor was it, and now she’s gone. She was, along with the elite category of women in her group, no doubt the very stimulus behind dreams conspired by little girls everywhere who believed in the entity of magical fantasies. Elizabeth Taylor, and classic Hollywood starlettes just like her were indeed my inspiration when as a little girl following my mother on shopping trips to Neiman Marcus, I would urge her to mislead the salesperson in believing that the elaborate and grandiose dresses I picked out which I secretly wanted to try on in my mother’s fitting room so I could feel like the doted princess I believed I was, were really for her and not for me (true story). Who will little girls look up to now?
As Elizabeth Taylor’s exquisite face will be preserved in her photographs, so will her enigmatic persona forever be preserved through her films. Elizabeth Taylor is gone, and with her she has put an end to an era. An era of mystery surrounding Hollywood stars who provided a level of substance and authenticity which no longer exists in today’s stars and movies, and probably never will again. So as we say goodbye this week to the last of Hollywood icons, we know that there will never be another quite like Elizabeth Taylor, because Elizabeth Taylor was it.