Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most legendary Hollywood stars of our time. As famous for being one of the most beautiful women in the world as she is for having married eight times (“Nicky” Conrad Hilton Jr from May 1950 to February 1951; Michael Wilding from February 1952 to January 1957; Mike Todd from February 1957 until his death in March 1958; Eddie Fisher from May 1959 to March 1964; Richard Burton from March 1964 to June 1974; Richard Burton from October 1975 to August 1976; John Warner from December 1976 to November 1982 and Larry Fortensky from October 1991 to October 1996) ; for her pioneering work in support of AIDS and HIV education and fund-raising; for her high profile friendship with Michael Jackson and for her love of show-stopping jewels.
Her role in the movie Cleopatra brought her into stardom. Taylor won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her roles in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (in 1966) and Butterfield 8 (1960). She was nominated three times in the three years preceding her first win – for Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Raintree Country (1957) – but was beaten to the Oscar each time. She was photographed for the cover of Life magazine more than anyone else in the world – 11 times – and she appeared on the cover of People magazine 14 times, putting her second only to Diana Princess of Wales.
Her status as a fashion icon grew throughout her career – she was a long-time fan of couturier Marc Bohan and his work at Dior and she launched many fragrances under the Elizabeth Taylor franchise, the most famous of which is White Diamonds.
Taylor battled ill-health throughout her life. She suffered a fall whilst on the set of the film that made her famous – National Velvet, with Mickey Rooney – which led to a lifetime of back problems. The birth of her third child – daughter Liza, with third husband Michael Todd – left Taylor unconscious for four days after contracting pneumonia and meant she was unable to have more children. Whilst filming Cleopatra with Burton the same year, she contracted a rare-strain of pneumonia and almost died, halting production of the film – for which she was paid $1 million. In the Nineties, Taylor had two hip-replacement operations and another near-fatal bout of pneumonia before undergoing surgery for a benign brain tumour in 1997. In 2004, it was revealed that she was suffering from congestive heart failure, with symptoms including fatigue and shortness of breath, and scoliosis, which twisted her spine. Taylor revealed via Twitter in October 2009 that she preparing for a heart procedure, “[It is] very new and involves repairing my leaky valve using a clip device, without open heart surgery so that my heart will function better.” Throughout her life, Taylor battled addictions to alcohol and drugs but was reportedly sober and clean over the last two decades of her life.
As well as her four children, Taylor is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A private family funeral was held the day after the actress' death, Thursday March 24, and Taylor was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn cemetery where Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Walt Disney and her friend Michael Jackson – amongst others – are buried. The family asked that, rather than flowers, contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
Princess To Be, Kate Middleton Will Have Her Personal Doll
This is in the sense that she will have a doll that is her spitting image, destined for collectors: few would pay a good 195 dollars for a doll also wearing an imitation of the Issa dress that Kate was wearing the day of the famous engagement announcement.
Personal dolls are just one of the many symbols of a certain arrival, the one of the entrance to the pop culture of a country, sometimes for nothing, sometimes openly like a caricature. Little girls all over can’t wait to have their hands on it!
Prada’s ‘Madras’ Bag: Hottest Tote In Town
‘It-bags' come and go, but one has caught the eye of Hollywood's A-list this season more than any other is Prada's Madras tote is such a zesty shade of orange that it could also have been called 'Chicken Tikka'. We've already spotted it dangling nonchalantly from the arms of Sienna Miller, Jessica Alba and Uma Thurman – a trio of style-setters if ever there was one – adding an instant 'colour-pop' to spring looks.
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Knotting On Fashionable Turbans
Singer, Solange Knowles
From the sidewalks to red carpets, stylish sirens have been knotting on fashionable turbans to accent their outfits and update their looks. The high dramatic ornament offers an air of refinement, recalling jewel-adorned actresses of golden Hollywood.
The headpiece was popular in the glitzy 70's and made a resurgence on Prada's Spring 2007 runway, only to be re-appropriated by modern trendsetters like Shala Monroque and June Ambrose in 2010. Whether patterned, jewel toned, or plain black, the accessory asserts glamour and unrivalled elegance.
Stitched, Woven And Braided
Aurelie Bidermann Trussardi
Prada’s Spring 2011 collection mixing bright stripes, banana prints, and colorful braided sandals often worn head to toe created a fervor of excitement, you don’t need to wear everything at once to have an impact. Doré took one piece—the sandal—and by pairing it with a camouflage pant, instantly transformed it from artisanal to urban faster than you can hail a cab. With this in mind, we’ve pulled our favourite crafty-gone-courant pieces just in time for the changing of the seasons.
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