26 Mar '11, 10am

Obituary: A last goodbye to Liz

She was her own montage: Seven husbands, eight marriages, diamonds beyond the counting, scandals like forgotten promises, two Oscars for films that showed the immense creative journey she could take, soaring from playing a "whore" in the ridiculous Butterfield 8 to playing Martha in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, and yes, a defiant wreck out of the true heartland of American tragedy. She had the range, nerve and instinct that only Bette Davis had had before - and like Davis, Taylor was monster and empress, sweetheart and scold, idiot and wise woman. We went in awe of her, but with one word or a knowing smile she assured us she was one of us. Those two Oscars were only six years apart, and in that interval there was the folly of Cleopatra, her first near-death in the London Clinic, and then the fateful meeting in Rome with Richard Burton, the Antony she carried into life....

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