Dame Elizabeth Taylor who passed away on Wednesday at age 79, gave one of her last interviews toUsMagazine.com in late 2010. Promoting her fragrance Violet Eyes, the Oscar-winner, humanitarian, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother shared 25 things you don’t know about her with Us:
1. Before I made films, I had a lemonade stand in Southern California.
2. When José Eber is out of town, I love to cut my hair and anyone else’s.
3. I’m mad for Law & Order and have seen every single episode. My children and Mariska Hargitay, a dazzling actress, played together as kids.
4. I converted to Judaism in 1959.
5. My Jewish name is Elisheba Rachel.
6. My first horse was named Betty.
7. I didn’t go on a date until I was 16.
8. My legs are too short.
9. The film I’m proudest of is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
10. I never face the day without perfume.
11. I dreamed of designing perfume 25 years before I did it.
2. I love blood-orange juice.
13. My very first memory is of pain.
14. I’m still heartbroken that Richard [Burton] never won an Oscar.
15. I am sincerely not worried about getting old.
16. I never tried to act until A Place in the Sun.
17. I am disgusted by the amount of myth about me that is accepted as fact.
18. People on Twitter named my new fragrance, Violet Eyes.
19. I’ve never had acting lessons, though many people think I need them.
20. In my twenties, I nearly lost my eye and my leg. Still have them both, tee hee.
21. Nerves are the nemesis of all actors.
22. I hate being called Liz, because it can sound like such a hiss.
23. I believe you can be close to God anywhere.
24. My dog Delilah is in love with my cat Fang. To each his own.
25. My family and people with HIV/AIDS are my life.
One of the great legends of Hollywood has died. Elizabeth Taylor was 79.
For some reason I have formed the habit of looking at celebrities’ Twitter accounts when they pass away.@DameElizabeth had not tweeted since February, when Harper’s Bazaar published a conversation with Kim Kardashian.
But last July 22, Taylor tweeted 10 times in one day. And what she wrote there, in many ways, reads most profoundly today. Taylor entered the hospital with congestive heart failure six weeks ago, long after these tweets were posted, but it was a condition she battled for many years, according to her publicist. You get the sense that on July 22 Taylor was facing — and defying — her own mortality.
But she continued:
Not at least until I’m dead, and at the moment I’m having too much fun being alive…and I plan on staying that way. Happiness to all.
Then it appears the Taylor considered what she was tweeting (pay attention, celebs!) and she softened her tone considerably.
I would like to add something to my earlier tweet. Always keep love and humility in your heart.
Never let yourself think beyond your means…mental, emotional or any otherwise.
You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves and those around them.
And the final from that day:
Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you.
One of the reasons there has been trouble for some on Twitter is no other written exercise, especially public, has been more like talking. Tweeting is an ephemeral singular act with a multiplication effect and a permanent memory. And the positive element of that is that our momentary thoughts can be replicated and remembered. On a day like this, I suspect @DameElizabeth would be happy she tweeted those last messages.
One set made headlines that day:
Hold your horses world. I’ve been hearing all kinds of rumours about someone being cast to play me in a film about Richard and myself.
No one is going to play Elizabeth Taylor, but Elizabeth Taylor herself.