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Elizabeth Taylor dies aged 79

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, has died at 79, her publicist told CNN Wednesday.

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born February 27, 1932, in London, the daughter of two wealthy American art dealers, Francis and Sara Taylor. Her mother was a former actress who had given up the career when she married, but encouraged her daughter in the pursuit. Indeed, Elizabeth Taylor and her mother were to remain extremely close until the latter’s death in 1994, at age 99.

The legendary actress who was famed for her beauty, her jet-set lifestyle, her charitable endeavors and her many marriages died “peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles,” said a statement from her publicist. She was hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, “a condition with which she had struggled for many years.

Though a two-time Oscar winner — for “Butterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966) — Taylor was more celebrated for simply being Elizabeth Taylor: sexy, glamorous, tempestuous, fragile, always trailing courtiers, media and fans.

She was known for her generosity and love of life and never really took her own image too seriously.

“I am a very committed wife,” she once said. “And I should be committed too — for being married so many times.”

Hailed as the world’s most beautiful and desirable woman when she was in her prime, her tempestuous affair with actor Richard Burton, fueled a paparazzi rush unrivaled in its time.
Taylor and Burton met on the set of the film “Cleopatra,”  and the two later married and divorced – twice.  Taylor demanded $1 million — the highest fee demanded by an actress up to that time.

She reputedly gave her best performance as the shrewish, plain, embittered opposite Richard Burton in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966) and starred in “Giant” (1956), “Raintree County” (1957), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958), “The Sandpiper” (1965) and “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1967).

Taylor was a champion for a number of charitable causes, notably the fight against AIDS. She founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation after the death of her friend Rock Hudson. The BBC once noted that her charity work had grossed as much as her film career.

Taylor made her debut for Universal, which placed her in 1942’s “There’s One Born Every Minute.” Taylor was then signed by MGM, which was to be her home for almost two decades, and made “Lassie Come Home,” opposite Roddy McDowall.  The actor became a devoted friend.

1944’s “National Velvet,” made the young Taylor a star. The story of a girl in love with her horse earned her public adulation and at 18 had her first hit as an adult, the classic “Father of the Bride,” in which she played Spencer Tracy’s soon-to-be-married daughter.

She was married soon after to Conrad Nicky Hilton for 8 months in 1950, then to actor Michael Wilding in 1952, a marriage that lasted five years and produced two children.  Taylor then married Mike Todd a week after her divorce from Wilding.

In 1960, Taylor was offered the lead in 20th Century Fox’s production of “Cleopatra.” The movie seemed gripped by a curse. Taylor’s illnesses forced casting changes and prompting the production to move from London to Rome. The original director, Rouben Mamoulian, was forced out and replaced by Joseph Mankiewicz (“All About Eve”).   Richard Burton, who was cast as Marc Antony when Stephen Boyd had to leave the production. Weather wiped out days of filming pushing the budget, which was originally about $5 million, to $44 million.  In real terms the movie cost more than “Avatar” to film.

Burton, was widely known for his philandering had initially thought little of Taylor beyond her beauty, was quickly smitten:

“He tried to end it, but he kept turning around and coming back to her,” Mankiewicz’s son Tom told Taylor biographer William J. Mann. “He just couldn’t help himself. He couldn’t get enough of her.”

The two were inseparable prompting Burton’s long-suffering wife, Sybil  to file for divorce.  The Vatican released a message directed at her, saying she was guilty of “erotic vagrancy.” A U.S. congresswoman introduced a bill banning Taylor and Burton — or “Liz ‘n’ Dick,” as they were becoming known — from the United States. In response, Taylor asserted, “I will never go back to America.”

They wed in 1964 and Burton showered Taylor with jewels, furs, baubles. Burton’s tour of “Hamlet” sold out and their movies together — “The V.I.P.s,” “The Sandpiper,” even the grim, groundbreaking “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” — were hits, the latter also nominated for 10 Oscars.

The actress’ career languishedfaltered as she entered her 40s as did her marriage to Burton; the two divorced in 1974, and though they remarried the next year, a union that ended nine months later.

In 1985, she organized a benefit dinner to raise money for her friend Rock Hudson, who was dying of AIDS, that led to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR); in 1991, she began the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation.

She had more health woes: a trip to the Betty Ford Clinic in the late ’80s — where she met Fortensky — as well as a brain tumor and severe back problems. The latter put her in a wheelchair.

She remained indomitable.  She even joined Twitter to send regular updates on her life.

Why not? She was born to the spotlight, and no amount of tittle-tattle was going to take it away.

Nicky Hilton: hotel-chain heir
Michael Wilding: actor
Michael Todd: producer
Eddie Fisher: singer
Richard Burton: actor
Richard Burton: actor (again)
John Warner: Became U.S. senator because of being married to Elizabeth Taylor
Larry Fortensky: trucker

Nicky HiltonMichael WildingMichael ToddEddie FisherRichard BurtonJohn WarnerLarry Fortensky

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Legendary Pinup – Jane Russell Dies aged 89

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Jane Russell, the legendary actress and pin up beauty who helped push the envelope in onscreen sensuality died on Monday at the age of 89.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Russell had suffered from respiratory problems and died after a short illness.

Her first role was in 1943’s Howard Hughes production –  “The Outlaw,” that played up her sexuality in a marketing campaign that focused on her voluptuous figure.

Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell on June 21, 1921, in Bemidji, Minnesota, she moved to Southern California with her family.

After working as a part-time model after graduating from high school, she was discovered by one of Hughes’ casting agents who were on the look out for a beauty with a curvy figure to play Billy the Kid’s love interest Rio McDonald in “The Outlaw.”

Hughes took such an interest in her that he fired director Howard Hawks and got personally involved and went so far as to design a “cantilever” bra to emphasize her assets, but Russell refused to wear it.

Joe Breen, who was in charge of enforcing the strict production code which forbade such overt portrayals of erotic situations and material. He said at the time that he’d never seen “anything quite so unacceptable as the shots of the breasts of the character of Rio,” which he said were “shockingly emphasized.”

Hughes refused to cut some of the more provocative shots of Russell as Breen had demanded, playing up the controversy in the ad campaign with the haystack poster and taglines such as “How Would You Like to Tussle with Russell?” After being re-released in 1946 without code approval, the movie made millions and made Russell a Star.

Although she went on to star in another 18 movies, Russell’s only notable part was as Marilyn Monroe’s sidekick in the 1953 legendary farce “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

Russell went on to play in nightclubs and 1940s-style revues well into her 80s.

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Actress Maia Campbell back on drugs!

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Actress Maia Campbell, who is famous for her role as Tiffany Warren on the sitcom “In The House”, was caught on video screaming and yelling after it was rumored that she is back on drugs.

The video would appear to confirm this especially since just before she entered rehab around a year ago a similar video surfaced and her antics were very similar.  She also appears thin and frail which is another indication of drug abuse.

Maia Campbell seems to be yet another child star who has got hooked on drugs.

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    Lindsay Lohan worried she won’t get Family Time before heading to Rehab!

    Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

    Lindsay Lohan has just one week left to serve of her “90 day sentence”, being scheduled for early release on Sunday or Monday due to overcrowding.  Having got away with the largest part of the sentence her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley complained in an interview with People that she may not be allowed her family time before heading for rehab.

    “She’s a little upset right now,” said her lawyer, “She’d like to spend some time with her family, and there’s at least some question as to whether or not she’ll have to do directly to rehab.”

    Presently, Lohan will have a day from the time of her release to make personal arrangements before rehab but Holley says the concern now is that the troubled star will go straight to the rehab facility.

    “I think it would only be fair for her to spend some time with her family and that’s what she’d like me to emphasize to the judge,” Holley said.

    Ms. Lohan may be upset but after all a 14 day jail stint hardly makes you estranged!

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    Zsa Zsa Gabor remains critical after tranfusion!

    Monday, July 26th, 2010

    Hungarian born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor who has been bound to a wheelchair since being paralyzed in car accident in 2002 remains in critical condition after receiving a blood transfusion on Friday evening.

    According to her husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the actress broke her hip after falling out of bed last weekend at her Bel-Air home. She had hip replacement surgery Monday.  The doctors are hopeful new medication will help the 93-year-old recover.

    Von Anhalt says his wife is conscious and able to squeeze his hand and whisper a few words Saturday morning.

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    Justin and Jessica Enjoying the Simple Life!

    Sunday, July 25th, 2010

    Justin Timberlake and long term girlfriend Jessica Biel enjoyed the simple life today cycling through Hudson River Park before heading back to their Washington St. loft.

    Justin who is currently in New York filming “Friends With Benefits” didn’t look to happy about being photographed off duty!

    Photo by IGNAT.

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      Lindsay Lohan’s Mug Shot

      Friday, July 23rd, 2010

      Ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson visited Lindsay in jail at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif.  She arrived around 1:40 p.m. on Thursday and stayed about an hour.

      The 32 year old DJ looked upset while leaving the all-women’s jail, and snapped at a reporter who asked how Lohan, 24, was holding up.

      She sarcastically retorted “How do you think she’s doing?”

      Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, also visited and her former attorney Blair Berk visited earlier in the day. “She’s good. She’s (doing) better every day,” Chapman Holley says.

      It is likely that the actress will serve just two weeks of her 90-day sentence for violating probation in a DUI case.

      Still it may still serve as a lesson for Ms. Lohan that she is not a law unto herself, who knows!

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        Kate Winslet: looking too hot to handle!

        Friday, July 23rd, 2010

        Kate Winslet, stole the show as she filmed the Longines commercial with Aishwarya Rai and Lin Chi-ling at the Piazza Navona in Rome.  The Swiss watchmaker is showing their Dolce Vita collection.

        In those startling surroundings and wearing that sexy little black number, Kate is really looking her best ever.  What do you think?

        Photos by VENTURINI

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        Nicole Richie: May Return to Television on NBC’s ‘Chuck’

        Friday, July 23rd, 2010

        Former reality star, Nicole Richie is apparently slated to make her return on NBC’s series ‘Chuck’.

        Richie will apparently resurface when a prison transfer goes awry.  Her character ends up being stowed away at the underground CIA base, “Castle”, Entertainment Weekly said.  Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah’s relationship suffer some bumps and Chandler will use that to her advantage.

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        Mila and Justin Filming Friends with Benefits!

        Friday, July 23rd, 2010

        Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in New York’s Central Park filming scenes for “Friends With Benefits” today.

        Not sure what is going on their Justin but it looks as if it’s a mighty uncomfortable surprise!

        Photos by STEVE SANDS

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