White Diamonds Are Forever

March 24, 2011

She meant a lot to many, and while we're still reeling from her passing, we thought what better way to remember Hollywoods last true star, than to sit shiva and share some of our favorite Liz Memories.

It's hard to think that anyone will ever come close to her glamour, her talent, and her tireless humanitarian efforts. Being one of the first public figures to really bring attention to the AIDS epidemic, she used her celebrity to raise millions for the cause. A friend to the gay community in more ways than one, her stories kept us all captivated on screen and off.

It's clear from the outpouring of support that this true legend will be remembered fondly and sorely missed.

Have a story or a favorite memory, performance, or movie to share about Violet Eyes? Let's hear it.

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Liz Taylor - Mother-In-Law to Fred Flinstone

liz taylor mother to fred flintstone.

Any family died latetely? When they do I'd like to sit behind you grieving your loss and snicker at you.

Grow up

but in the movie "The Flintstones" she was the mother in law to Fred Flintstone. I remember it was a very big deal for her to appear in the movie. Nothing snarky about stating a fact.

This post was to remember Elizabeth Taylor and our memories of her. My Mom passed away February 2nd of this year. God bless you g2011. God forgives all, and so do I.

That was rude... there's no need for that... She played Fred Flintstone's Mother-in-Law!!

In 1981 I was hired to do Elizabeth's hair& wigs for THE LITTLE FOXES. That started a relationship that lasted more than three years. Which included an HBO FILM,and the production of PRIVATE Lives that she did with Richard burton.. I traveled with her lived with herand got to know her well.She was an amazing, generous caring person. Even though my relationship with her ended when Private lives closed. I never stopped thinking or caring about her.an extraordinary woman. Michael

In an interview with Barbara Walters, she said, "If you ever hear I'm getting married again, just slap me!"

Please, can you tell the truth? She didn't pass--she died-- sad, but true

Um, "passing" or "passing away" is just a gentler way of saying "died"--everyone understands that. It's not a lie to use a euphemism.

My favorite story of her was the day she met Richard Burton for the first time, at the script reading for "Cleopatra," because they absolutely hated each other on sight. At the end of it, he turned to her and said, "Has anyone ever told you that you're a very very PRETTY sort of girl?" She stared at him and said, "No. You're the FIRST one." Three days later they were nailing each other.

Watching her in Suddenly last Summer when she is telling the story of her cousin who was cannabilized on the island they were visiting. The way she became hysterical--such good acting and such a beauty. Also the close ups of her in Place In The Sun. She and Monty Clift were so hot together

A beauty has passed. An actress has taken her last bow. A human being of the highest caliber has left us. A fighter has laid down the sword. God rest her soul and comfort her family. May we all take up the torch in such a noble and courageous way. If anyone of us can strive to be such a free and willing spirit for those in need, what ever that need may be, Liz Taylor will surely have lived a great life to inspire and bring about compassion. Never forget what she has worked for..........

Amen

I remember the first time I ever laid eyes on Elizabeth Taylor, I must have been 7 or 8 years old and Cat on a hot tin roof was playing on tv, and I could not take my eyes off her. I have been in love with her since that day. The world really has lost something very special. :-(

I remember the first sight of Elizabeth Taylor in "The Taming of the Shrew" - the vision of one violet eye as seen through a small hole in the shutter of an upstairs windor. It was breathtaking. And now every gay site I open has something to say about her and her death, using the nickname "Liz" as if to imply that the writer knew her well, was perhaps her friend. I find this somewhat ironic when the professionally researched pieces about Ms. Taylor that I've read in the last two days ALL say that the nickname she hated most was "Liz". Maybe that was because the tabloids all seemed to shorten her name that way for reasons of available space for large headlines. Ah, well, gays and their "possessions"!

On October 2, 1985, I was having a rough day. It was my father's birthday, I had just had a huge argument with my parents, I had been sick for days with many of what were then believed to be symptoms of AIDS and I hated, no rather, HATED myself for being Gay.

The fact Rock Hudson had just died did not help my cause any. There was so much hate being spewed forth on every television channel about Gays and the Gay disease. I felt the world was coming down on me - even my hero, Joan Collins failed me. References to Joan Collins' cruel comments regarding Rock Hudson's kiss of Linda Evans on "Dynasty" were often repeated by every news/talk and variety show I turned to.

"Oh my God" I thought... "me with this sickness. Am I going to have to suffer through so much hate and indignity?" I decided to do something drastic... I decided I was going to disappear. As I sat there writing a farewell note, Elizabeth Taylor spoke on the television. She spoke of her love of Rock (and of Monty Clift) and how nothing else mattered other than the fact she loved him and wanted to help and comfort him.

That was the first time I had ever heard a celebrity say being Gay was not an abomination and the first time I've ever heard a public person defend a Gay lifestyle and not blame them for getting or causing the disease.

I loved Elizabeth Taylor from that day on...

Thank you, dear wonderful lady.

P.S. (By the way, the next day my fever broke - turns out I had strep and a stomach virus).

At the height of the plague, whenever she came to San Francisco she would take time to go to the hospitals and visit guys in the AIDS wards. They were thrilled, of course. Were any other celebrities doing anything comparable at that time??

i worked forElizabeth for years and her publicist as her NY floral designer and she was always kind and appreciative and recieved lovely Christmas and thank you cards from her..She always thought of others..and she was a great lady.........

Bravo Robhearts - for your tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. I have always been an admirer of her as an actress and member of the Human Race.
Her contribution to our community cannot be 'measured' ... She was truly a unique person and a maverick.

I am glad that DH had the good taste to highlight this tribute to someone who did so much for us ... this is the only site I know of that did ...

LIZ White Diamonds ARE Forever the SAME AS YOU ARE and will be forever . Thank you for the joy you brought this person and many others gay straight Bi whatever you surely had CLASS Lady.

Elizabeth Taylor was truly one of the greatest, ever. No current actress--including the string of forgettable young ones who have won Oscars in the last few years--has a chance in hell of coming close. I remember her in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? "I'm afraid, George--I'm afraid." Stunning.
What was also admirable about her was her lack of pretentiousness (again, an example to all). She never thought she was a very good actress, and despite her iconic beauty came across as a real woman. All of us could use some of that humility! Dame Elizabeth will be missed but will live forever....

A true ledgend has been taken from us. If you only look at ONE aspect of her life you can see what an amazing person she was. An amazing beauty; a talented actress (if you only look at Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, that performance alone makes her a great); and a tireless campaigner for HIV/AIDS. She personally donated millions to the cause, and her work and effort will be sorely missed.
I remember seeing her in one of those TV out-take shows when she was appearing in a TV soap in the 70s/80s, she kept fluffing the lines, and laughing. Then turned to the camera and said, "Sorry, I just can't act!"
I also saw her live on the London stage in Lilian Hellman's Little Foxes in the 80s. The perfrmance wasn't ground-breaking, but every member of the audience felt privilaged to be in her company. I met her briefly after the show, and she was the big Hollywood movie star I had imagined, but charming and gracious too.
Dame Elizabeth, you will be greatly missed. I salute you.

Is it bad if I say... Who is she?

Not necessarily "bad," but astoundingly stupid!

As a goldsmith and gemologist I will miss Ms. Taylor for more reasons than her acting, professionalism and tireless efforts with the fight against HIV and AIDS. She brought great jewelry into the public eye. She will be missed.

funnily enough i was never familier with her,and knew of her more for her activism,and illnesses,than movie roles.but she always came across as gracious,dignified,genuine,and a true lady in every sense of the word.she did a lot of good and always seemed to be a really nice person.she was very beautiful as well,and a real talent.

being gay since I was in junior high, this is one of the ONLY women besides my dear mother, and some very wonderful realtives that I EVER noticed....and then, later admired; we in the community have lost our guardian angel to the heavenly realm...may she continue to comfort us from that celestial place. i remember VERY well how she came to the rescue of many of our brothers in my lifetime, many of whom have been mentioned here; she recognized talent in the most and purest form; therefore, she was ALWAYS on our side. white diamonds may be the signature fragrance you will remember her life by, but as for me it will be the cologne named PASSION....it truly exemplifies her life in every capacity!!!! farewell gorgeous Elizabeth; you have earned your fame and your rest!!!!

In one of her interviews she was asked, "What does it feel like to have everything". Her responsed, "Well, I don't have tomorrow." Alas, now she has forever.

She was always first and foremost, a star. And having been trained by MGM ( and learning her lessons well) she knew the importance of not disappointing the public. She understood her role in the public's eye and luxuriated in it. I never met her but friends who worked on The Little Foxes during its Broadway run told stories of her generosity and kindnesses. Whether it was picking up the tab for a meal or a party or being indulgent with family and friends who came backstage, she understood what people wanted from her and delviered and in turn she got the best out of the people with whom she worked. Was she a great stage actress? No. But she was a star. Was she a great film actress? You bet. Was she a friend to our community when we needed one most? Absolutely. Did she have flaws? Of course. Who doesn't? Did she leave the world a better place for her having been here? Yes. RIP.

Elizabeth called Oprah a cheeky bugger after asking a simple question. Oprah asked if she and george hamilton kissy kissy. I resaw it on Oprah's DVD.

She seemed every bit a celebrity but constant health problems that dominated the news over and over it seemed.

I also find it rather amusing that she and micheal jackson and other celebrities were known throughout the world but the public is barred from seeing their graves lol

I also wonder how elizabeth is still a celebrity despite not making a movie for years. I guess Justin Bieber will be a celebrity for life.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor was not only a "celebrity", she is a "legend". The "celebrity" dies with you. The "legend" lives on... If not for her, funding for AIDS research would never have started when it did. She was the true definition of "Beauty".

On AOL's Black Voices, Ruth Manuel-Logan paid homage to "the last of the few remaining film goddesses" and called Taylor "an avid defender of civil rights," noting that "Taylor strongly believed in equality for all even during a time in Hollywood when blacks were treated like second-class citizens. She was known to selflessly donate monies to various grassroots organizations to further the cause of racial justice."
RIP Ms. Taylor

I was chilled & saddened to see, recently, footage of Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson, @ some gala event: ( camera's flashing ) - both have passed now = we are precious & fragile & too easily taken = it is hard to live & easy to die - as Elizabeth said 'I don't have tomorrow' = they are in a GOOD place = God only takes the good ones = they will be missed ...

It's quite moving to read all the commentary above. All I can say is that I will miss her vitality and strength of spirit. Thank heaven we'll always have her films and work with AIDS as part of her legacy. One thing I AM sure of, is that she is once again reunited with Francis & Sara Taylor, Richard and Mike Todd.......God bless us one and all.

Many years ago I mean many years ago I was attending college and working part-time as an usher at Loew's Capitol Theatre in NYC for the world film premiere of "Pal Joey" starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth. I was assigned the VIP loge section Liz Taylor and her then husband Mike Todd arrived and I escorted them to their seats. Todd whispered to me, "Would you be so kind to get a pillow for my wife, she has a bad back," I rushed down to the manager's office where he had a day bed and snatched the pillow. Ran back and passed the pillow to Mike Todd. Liz leaned forward and said to me, "thank you, you're so kind." Todd shook my hand said, "Thanks!" I felt the exchange of paper in my palm with his handshake. When I went outside I opened my hand and there was a $20.00 bill (This was in 1958) He truly was the last of the great big spenders.

She was lucky in that there was not the media blitz back then that exists now. She had more privacy compared to these days where stars are raised up just be taken down later on. However now it is harder to sway a crowd with speech and text based mumbo jumbo. People are generally more aware about the nature of ancient cultures influences the opinions of critics and writers so it is no longer true that the pen is mightier than the sword. Progressiveness has taken strides to give us fresh porno in new high resolutions and eventually it will come at us in 3D. Sooo much better and more progressive than the ancient 8mm porno in Black and White for sure.