Elizabeth Taylor

This Week in Boomer History: Liz & Dick … ‘Cat in the Hat’ … ‘Dock of the Bay’

Posted on 03/9/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Mikhail Gorbachev assumes leadership of the Soviet Union on March 11, 1985. In 1990, Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Cold War. In a notorious incident, neighbors in Queens, New York fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death in the street on March 13, 1964. Levi Strauss Co. begins selling bell-bottom jeans on March 11, 1969. The Cat in the Hat is published March 12, 1957. “It is the …

Brickbats Fly at ‘Liz & Dick’

Posted on 11/26/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment  In another time, under different circumstances, if Elizabeth Taylor had lived longer, she might have taken Lindsay Lohan under wing.  Taylor had great compassion for gifted sad sorts who were withering in the glare of media scrutiny. Remember how her maternal side came to the fore with best friends Montgomery Clift and Michael Jackson?  Too bad none of that humanity is even hinted at in Lohan’s “Liz & Dick” Lifetime movie, premiering Sunday (11/25). This flyweight Larry Thompson telepic …

Lindsay Lohan plays Liz Taylor. But Who’ll Be Richard Burton?

Posted on 04/26/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWell, I’m not going to pile on with everyone else who’s ridiculing the announcement that Lindsay Lohan will play Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime Channel TV movie. Her personal life may be a train wreck, but Lohan is by no means a bad actress—check out her thoughtful performances in Mean Girls and, especially, Emilio Estevez’s historical drama Bobby. Besides, Liz herself was not one to tie up her offscreen adventures with neat little bows—there was after all the little …

The Lost Films…and Years…of Elizabeth Taylor

Posted on 03/23/2011 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe last truly great film performance of Elizabeth Taylor’s career was probably as the boozy, bossy Martha, locked in a codependent marriage from hell with her hubby George (Richard Burton) in Mike Nichols’ searing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 45 years ago (I happened to visit Mount Vernon last weekend, and every time the guides spoke of George and Martha I couldn’t help but picture Dick and Liz, in powdered wigs, swilling martinis and mercilessly pushing each other’s hot buttons). …