Goodbye to Elizabeth Taylor, perhaps one of the last true great movie stars. Famous for her violet blue eyes (and her love of big diamonds, her turbulent on/off relationship with Richard Burton and her eight marriages…) she went from child star to screen goddess and then to the Betty Ford clinic and being best friends with Michael Jackson.
A Place in the Sun (directed by George Stevens, 1951) was one of her first films as an adult and her onscreen relationship with Montgomery Clift simmers with the kind of underlying eroticism that made Hitchcock’s “Notorious” such a sexy film. The two of them are at the peak of their physical lusciousness and, despite Monty’s well-documented homosexuality off-screen, completely believable as lovers, gazing at each other with a swooning sultriness that knocks spots off the yearning looks in “Twilight”…not that that would be difficult.
They don’t make ’em like that anymore….