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Lent Day 15 Elizabeth Taylor's stage debut on her birthday in 1981 - CinemaDave

Mar. 23rd, 2011 06:40 pm Lent Day 15 Elizabeth Taylor's stage debut on her birthday in 1981

Cinema Dave clearly remembers the hype of Elizabeth Taylor's stage debut on Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on February 27, 1981. Cinema Dave could not attend, as he was portraying Lord Montague in "Romeo & Juliet" at the time. (CJ of CJ's Comics was Friar Tuck).

Between shows, Cinema Dave drove by the theatre and security was very high, after all it was only two months after John Lennon was murdered. Stagehands who were friendly to Cinema Dave during the production of "The King and I" seven months earlier, looked annoyed and stressed.

Elizabeth Taylor was already a legend in 1981, but she had become a national joke due to her weight. John Belushi portrayed her in a devastating "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update" episode.

She opened Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes" on her 49th birthday and redeemed her career.

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From:cinemastar
Date:March 24th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)

Liz

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Liz Taylor's stardom began nearly 70 years ago. We know she was almost 80 years old with a number of health issues but it still takes a while to get used to the idea that she is gone now.

Some of my favorite memories are of the TV interviews Richard Burton and Liz did together.
From:cinemadave
Date:March 24th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)

Re: Liz

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I need to see those. I remember that she and Dick had one more dalliance in the early 80s, for old time's sake.
From:cinemastar
Date:March 24th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Liz

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It looks like some of these interviews are available online. I have not watched the replays yet but I can remember Dick and Liz having some very fiesty and funny exchanges with each other. :)