Inspiration: Elizabeth Taylor

Originally I was going write about Charlotte Olympia but when I realized today was the fifth anniversary of Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s passing, I knew I had to write about her. Elizabeth Taylor is an iconic actress best known for her violet eyes, collection of jewels and well documented love life. While I admire her for all of those things,Elizabeth Taylor is an inspiration to me because of her strength and her activism.

Elizabeth Taylor is undeniably one of the greatest actress that has ever lived and I’m not just saying that because it’s something that people say. If you haven’t seen any of her films I recommend that you start with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Not only does this film include one of the greatest actors to ever live, Paul Newman, it also has some of the greatest insults I’ve ever heard in an Old Hollywood film. I also recommend The Last Time I saw Paris, which will make you cry. Butterfield 8,although she didn’t care for it. The V.I.P.s, which includes Richard Burton her fifth and sixth husband and half of one of the greatest love affair of all time. These are just four of the fifty movies Elizabeth Taylor made in her film career that started in 1942 and ended in 2001.

She’s regarded as one of the prettiest women to ever live. She had raven black hair, violet eyes and a birth defect that gave her an extra row of eyelashes. As pretty as she was physically, she was even prettier as a person. Elizabeth Taylor was the kind of friend I aspire to be. After one of her friends got into a car accident after a party at her house, actor Montgomery Clift, she ran down, helped him out of the car and kept all of the paparazzi away from him. Her dedication for her friends didn’t stop their.

Rock Hudson,another actor and long time friend of Elizabeth Taylors, died in 1985 from AID complications, she again, acted swiftly. She created her foundation The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation and the National AIDS Research Foundation, which continues on today.It is even said that she played a pivotal part in President Reagan to acknowledge the HIV and AIDs problem in the United States. She even helped pass a bill into congress to help people with HIV and AIDs.

These are just a few examples of the work she’s done for other people. I haven’t even began to talk about all of the hard things she’s gone through. Breaking her back as a teen while filming National Velvet. Her husband and the love of her life, Mike Todd, dying in a plane crash after only eighteen months of marriage. Almost dying from pneumonia before filming Cleopatra. Her public fight with prescription drug and alcohol abuse. She went through all of these things and after each set back, she came back swinging. She had a strength I aspire to have as I go through the rest of my life.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor was a beautiful, talented actresses who cared deeply for everyone and everything. She helped all she could while fighting her own battles. That’s why she’s an inspiration to me, as she is too many people. I can only hope to have the same strength and lust for life and love regardless of what happens throughout my life.I’ll end this with a quote from her that often gets me through any bad situation.

 You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.- Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Rest in Peace Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The world is a better place because of you.

Au Revoir!

Pssss. You can watch The Last Time I Saw Paris if you have Amazon Prime! If you’re on Spring Break, I hope you’re having a good week and if you’re in the middle of finals, good luck!

 

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