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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:43 am

Although I am not very familiar with the work of Elizabeth Taylor (my film interests tend to run more toward the post-1965 New Hollywood), I would be remiss not to acknowledge her death on Wednesday at the age of 79. And although I definitely need to brush up on my 1950s melodramas, I know enough to admire the woman. In addition to delivering strong performances in the few early roles I’ve seen her in (most notably the Tennessee Williams adaptations “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and the oft-neglected “Suddenly Last Summer”), she was also key to the success of 1966’s monumentally important “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, which served as a much-needed slap in the face to the era’s Hays-code social mores, and also won Taylor a second Oscar as best actress.

More admirable still were her humanitarian efforts, to which she had faithfully devoted herself for decades. She was also famously dismissive of ego-driven Hollywood BS, which is always a plus in my book. In any case, she will be missed. And don’t worry: I just added “A Place in the Sun” to my Netflix queue.

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