Friday Glam Spam: Elizabeth Taylor (Special Edition)

Pardon my lateness with today’s Friday Glam Spam, darlings — it’s the first one I’ve posted in quite a while, anyway — but I’ve been busy preparing a very special surprise for all of you. In honor of the incredible, the beautiful, the talented, the magnanimous, the all-around Glamorous-with-a-capital-G, Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011), I wanted to go the extra mile and share with you something truly unique and exceptional. Since I happen to collect movie magazines from the 1950s and ’60s, there is obviously a lot of material on Ms. Taylor in my assortment — not all of it flattering, but hey, that’s history — so I’ve scanned a few of the articles and photographs and posted them here for your perusal. I’ve tried my best to leave the text legible, but my scanner isn’t known for its quality, so apologies if things are a bit fuzzy around the edges. There’s a lot of material here, and a lot of work went into scanning and editing it, so please do enjoy.

(Clicking on each thumbnail will take you to the full-sized image on a gallery page, with links below to the last and next images in the sequence.)


First up is the glossy “souvenir book” for the 1963 epic masterpiece Cleopatra, in which Ms. Taylor plays the titular queen.


Next we go back in time a bit to the July 1958 issue of Movie Stars Parade, four months after the death of Liz’s third husband Mike Todd in a plane crash. The magazine ran a rather florid account of the couple’s final moments together, but the six-page spread features some truly stunning photos of Liz.

 


In the August-October 1958 issue of Screen Album (before the invention of September, apparently), Liz was featured alongside Judy Garland and Lana Turner in a six-page spread disclosing “The Tragedy of Three Queens.”

 


This rather nastily-titled article from the December 1959 issue of Motion Picture chronicles Liz’s distressing trip to Europe with new husband Eddie Fisher. Haters to the left; she looks flawless.
(Click the images again from the gallery page to make them big enough to read.)

 


This baffling piece comes to us from the August 1960 issue of Screen Stars. I think it’s about how hard it is to be married to Elizabeth Taylor. Because we all know what a dream it must’ve been to be married to Eddie Fisher.
(Click the images again from the gallery page to make them big enough to read.)

 


The October 1961 issue of Motion Picture features a sprawling pictorial of Liz and Eddie’s trip to Russia, complete with anti-Communist propagandist captions (“A Russian woman stares enviously at Liz Taylor — beautiful symbol of American way of life”). I’m totally digging Liz’s beaded swimcap and Quinceañera dress.
(Click the images again from the gallery page to make them big enough to read.)

 


Jumping in our time machine yet again, we find the annual Who’s Who in Hollywood from 1952, which honored A Place in the Sun as one of the top ten pictures of 1951. Talk about nostalgic; she’d just finalized her first divorce.

 


Last but not least, a particularly adorable profile from Who’s Who in Hollywood 1949.

 


Want even more? Check out this archive of Liz Taylor Newsweek articles, contributed to The Daily Beast by my friend Louis.

I hope you enjoyed this flashback tribute to the divine Ms. Taylor. While these articles highlight the good, the bad, and the downright tragic events of Liz’s life, I will always remember her not only as a stunning and gifted actress, but as one of the greatest humanitarians Hollywood has ever seen. Liz had an enormous heart, which, combined with her enormous pocketbook, did an amazing amount of good for the world. Even in death, Liz is still giving — reportedly her entire jewelry collection, valued at $150 million, will be auctioned off to benefit HIV/AIDS research. Forget her acting talent or her beauty; it’s gestures like that which make her death so hard to bear. Liz was so much more beautiful on the inside than she was on the outside — and when you’re talking about Elizabeth Taylor, that means a lot. On her passing, we mourn her death as well as celebrate her life; we cherish her gifts to cinema as well as her gifts to philanthropy, activism, and just plain friendship. She brought hope and love into the lives of so many who had been denied such necessities. That is the example from which we should learn, and the legacy which we should seek to continue. So goodbye, Liz — and thank you, sincerely, for making the world a better place.

7 Comments

  1. This is a fantastic tribute to her life. Thanks for scanning all your magazines! It’s so fun to see more ephemeral publications from the past.

    • Thanks Molly. I’d like to post more of my collection, but I think we need to invest in a better scanner. XD

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     /  March 26, 2011

    Caroline,
    What a fun look back at what was being reported about Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing a bit of your collection with us. Very neat post!
    Page

    • Thanks, Page! My collection isn’t very big (yet), but I’m glad I finally got around to sharing some of it. I plan to incorporate more of my magazine scans into future Friday Glam Spams.

  3. I am in awe of people who can come up with photo collections like this. Thanks so much for sharing.

    As for the “How Much Can Eddie Take From Liz,” the theme seems to be “How dare she be more famous than Eddie?” But then, you could practically paper your walls with the names of the Hollywood husbands who complained about being “Mr. Elizabeth Taylor,” “Mr. Gene Tierney,” “Mr. Hedy Lamarr and so on. I know it’s not nice to be overshadowed but still, in terms of problems you could have…

    • Aw, shucks, it really wasn’t that hard — I just happen to own a few choice magazines. :)

      I really cannot possibly fathom what made Eddie Fisher, of all the men in Hollywood, somebody to fight over! If I were him I’d just shut up and not complain, since clearly there must have been some magical spell over Liz and Debbie to make them crazy for him.

      Thanks so much for your comment, Rachel — you’ve got a great blog!

  4. Thanks so much for the great scans (I love reading/looking at scans from magazines from back then)! A wonderful tribute to an incredible lady :)

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