CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

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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