She was an incredible actress -- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is vicious, venomous and a must watch, Cleopatra is pure Hollywood extravagance, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, well between Paul Newman and a young, luscious Elizabeth Taylor, it's pure eyeball porn -- and a raucously fabulous individual who was one half of the biggest and most glamorous couple that Hollywood has ever seen. Her and Richard Burton's white hot love affair and public life eclipsed that of Brangelina by 1000 times. They were the original scandalous Hollywood couple. (Do yourself a favor and read "Furious Love" or at the very least the excerpts from it in Vanity Fair. It's a fascinating story of her life with Richard Burton and you can barely begin to comprehend the insanely glamorous lifestyle they lived. Not that they could remember much of it I'm sure. She could drink her famously hollow legged husband under the table.)
She was one of the first celebrities to take a stand on the AIDS crisis in the 80's and even went before Congress to speak her mind. Her foundation, AMFAR, is one of the biggest and oldest AIDS charities around. Til the day she died, she was a firecracker and a true individual. (She even gave specific instructions and timing for her service this week, saying she wanted to be at least 15 minutes late for her own funeral.....!)
They just don't make them like that any more, kids. They truly broke the mold with her.
Must watch movies:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Night of the Iguana (Richard Burton & Eva Gardner)