Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Next to Etta James, Elizabeth Taylor is the only woman I know to have uttered the words "Tell Mama" and have them shimmer with such sensual promise. She was a force of nature whose life and talent we were privileged to witness and have a role in.
Her passing marks the end of a grand era we will never see again, when there were larger-than-life Movie Stars that sparkled gloriously in their own distant galaxy. There are a handful of formidable actresses working today but not one of them can hold a candle to Elizabeth Taylor. Heck, they don't even call themselves "actresses" these days but prefer to be called "actors," like their male counterparts. With her allure, magnetism, those magnificent lavender eyes, and a lust for living life on her own terms, I can't imagine she would have bothered with such gender distinctions or question her own power as a woman working in a male dominated industry.
For all of her professional accomplishments, the husbands, the scandals, for all of the magnificent jewels her men lavished upon her, when it's all said and done, it is her humanitarian legacy that outshines the glamourous life she led. That she gave of herself unselfishly, completely unaffected by her own grandeur. Elizabeth Taylor was a brilliant, magical essence. I wish her spirit well.