Magazine May 2, 2011, Issue

The Late Liz, Upstaged

Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in a detail of a poster for A Place in the Sun (Paramount/Wikimedia)

She Married the Men She Slept With, She Slept with the Men She Married, and All of Her Children Had Surnames . . .

As epitaphs for Elizabeth Taylor go, this captures the instinctive couth she always held onto and displayed in every earth-moving scandal. She might have been around the track but she never posed for a mug shot, never lived with anybody, never got beaten up by a one-night stand, and never became a “single mom.” Compared with today’s morally bedraggled movie stars she was practically a saint.

What she was not, for me, was “special.” Like everyone, I was

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