I have bright blue eyes that reflect color. I have had people say, "OMG, I thought you had purple eyes for a moment!" when I wear a deep purple shirt. I assume it was the same thing with Liz Taylor''s eyes.
They were just a very deep blue. Even here, with a lavender towel, they look deeply, stunningly blue.\
This is my favorite pic of Elizabeth Taylor. Roddy McDowall took it around 1963 (she would have been 30 or thereabouts). She was just out of the shower, no makeup at all. THIS is the definition of true beauty.
She''d have to be wearing the towel beneath her face and not on the top of her head for the color of it to reflect in her eyes, R9, but that is a stunning pic.
More PR, r9. She has eyeliner and her eyebrows on.
no makeup at all, R9? where, on the towel?
That is not an attractive pic at all @ R9. Her skin looks like leather---lots of sun damage and freckles. The younger Liz @ R8 (COAHTR??)) is stunning.
R9, Plus definitely lipstick, possibly blush, and mascara and/or false eyelashes. I see highlighter contouring around her eyes, too.
R10. It''s a magazine cover. You think they might have touched it up a bit?
it was actually her tits that were naturally violet, and the color just reflected in her eyes. gods honest truth
Well, I trust Roddy McDowall (longtime friend of a very close friend of mine) and if he said it was without makeup, it was without makeup, no matter what you think you see there.\
And look at it this way - if she had bothered to put on eyeliner and mascara and lipstick, don''t you think she would have done foundation and powder and blush? You can see clearly that she didn''t. Her eyebrows are shaped and tweezed, but there''s nothing on them to color them. There''s no lipstick, if she had been wearing lipstick her upper lip would have been more clearly defined. \
No, that''s a picture of Elizabeth au naturel. Some people truly are that stunningly beautiful without any help at all.\
I will allow, however, that r11 is correct about the towel placement with regards to her eyes reflecting color.
I don''t think it''s a nice picture, either. Her face is a weird shape and the lighting and angle aren''t flattering in the least.
Almost violet is not violet.
Maybe Liz''s eyes were violet-ish, meaning a deeper blue than most with a touch of gray.
[quote]Well, I trust Roddy McDowall (longtime friend of a very close friend of mine) and if he said it was without makeup, it was without makeup, no matter what you think you see there.\
Such complete bullshit. She''s wearing make-up in the photo, as we obviously can see. \
As lovely as your fairy tale is about your magical trust in your friend (or rather, your magical trust in your friend of a friend!), the rest of us have to side with the grown-up world of empiricism and visual evidence.
But perhaps in Narnia or the Land of Make-Believe she''s not wearing make-up
The eyebrows and double lashes are completely natural--she had them as a kid. That''s why MGM flipped over her looks.
And I suppose her lipstick in that photo is also completely "natural," r23--her salivary glands just secrete it somehow and it comes out perfectly applied to her mouth.
how naive ARE you?
I''ve known people whose eyes looked different colors in different light.\
From what I''ve read, hers did look violet at times in real light.\
However, color film is optimized for so-called memory colors: the green of grass, the blue of skies, and caucasian skin tones.\
I worked in photography for a while and I can tell you that many subtle shades invariably needed retouching (no matter which film you used). I''d guess her eyes naturally photographed as blue and would have to have been airbrushed to look violet, as in R10''s cover shot.
OP, to answer your question:\
Yes, Elizabeth Taylor did have violet eyes. But in all fairness, Richard Burton wasn''t known for his patience and if he asked for something once, his fists were going to ask the second time.
Had to burst your bubble sweetie, but she''s wearing makeup.%0D\
Mascara, possibly liner, lipstick, possibly eyebrow pencil.
She''s definitely wearing mascara and/or liner (especially her lower lashes). White pencil in the lower inside rim. Also some concealer under her eyes.\
And I''ve taken showers before without touching my face ( I had a full face of makeup on)- it''s quite easy. I call it my Disco Shower.\
So yes, your friend Roddy was telling the truth, but yes, she was wearing makeup.
I''m bidding on one as soon as it comes up for auction, and if I get it I''ll let you know.
She''s wearing tons of make-up in the non-makeup photo. Very heavy eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, foundation, bronzer, blush. It''s comical how anyone would claim it''s a "no make up" photo.
Sometimes. Hazel eyes are like mood rings. Mine go from hazel through green and blue to violet when I''m very, very happy.
Why would anyone want to have violent eyes?
I have hungry eyes.
In response to R23, they put mascara and eyeliner on kids, too. But the heavy brows in the picture of her as a 7 (?) year old make me wonder if she was really hairy.
I''ve got Bette Davis eyes. Well, one Bette Davis eye. The other is a Paris Hilton eye.
the googly eye
I have Bette Davis eyes.
R35. We''re telekinetically connected. We responded at the same time...Bette.
You look at blue eyes, you look INTO brown eyes.%0D\
I know I have startlingly blue eyes, people tell me all the time, but I can''t see them so it means nothing to me.%0D\
Can we get over this?
Marie Lafor%C3%AAt, a French actress and singer from the sixties had the most unbelievable violet eyes.%0D\
She is in Purple noon with Alain Delon.
Eeps! I did write "Laforet".
Eye colors can weird. \
My mom insists my eyes were blue as a child, in my teens my eyes turned green.\
I''d worked with a guy who literally had ''cat''s eyes'', besides the feline shape, his eyes were a very odd greenish-yellow. If they were consider hazel, they were the oddest shade of hazel I''d ever seen.\
They were the most unusual eye color I''d ever seen in my life. \
Years down the line, a female co-worker had also worked with him,we talked about his odd eye color, I work in very close knit field. He was also such a great guy, she told me he was the coolest boss she''d ever had.\
NO, he didn''t wear color contacts, he wore eyeglasses. He told me, everyone commented about his eyes and after awhile he got tired telling people he wasn''t wearing contacts.\
I also know a woman with one brown eye and one blue eye.
A friend''s son had the most beautiful blue eyes when he was a baby. Around the time he turned 3, they turned hazel.
My eyes also change from blue to green; my eyes are a dull blue-green, a shade that picks up brighter colors nearby. Eyes that change color are usually like mine - a light, indeterminate, muted color.%0D\
Liz''s eyes seem to have been a subtle blue or blue-gray, definitely the sort of eyes that can be very changeable. %0D\
Yes, R9, she''s wearing makeup--lipstick and eyeliner. What she''s not wearing is foundation--hence, the freckles. I''ve done stuff like this--it''s a no-makeup, makeup look!%0D\
She''s obviously naturally beautiful--with lovely, dark brows. The less you need makeup, the more natural you can appear--that''s why people get their eyelashes and eyebrows dyed!
I have violet contacts. does that count?
But seriously my co worker has violet eyes with dark hair. Everything else on her is unattractive.
Wow, can we get OFF R9''s photo? Fuck, we get it already.
[quote]I know I have startlingly blue eyes, people tell me all the time, but I can''t see them so it means nothing to me.\
While there are no extant color photos to confirm it, silent film queen, and lesbian extraordinaire, Alla Nazimova was said to have had violet colored eyes.
When she was waiting to be wheeled in to the operating theatre, a head nurse who later wrote for one of the tabloids said she leaned directly over her and stared into her eyes: blue. Not violet. She was very disappointed! \
However, I know someone with eyes that dramatically change their colour depending on the colour of reflections, and everyone with blue or green eyes knows that if you where those colours close to your face they increase the intensity of the eye colour.\
Princess Margaret was also said to have violet eyes: it''s a nice fantasy.
I had purple eyes for about half a day a few years ago.%0D\
I%E2%80%99ve written about this here before, but here goes %E2%80%93 my eyes are green-blue-gray, with the green closer to the middle, light-blue around it and a gray outer circle. One day I woke up to work after having done drugs the previous night which kept my pupils dilated and my eyes were a shocking but a very lovely purple. Well, black in the middle and purple around it. Thankfully, after a few hours my pupils shrank and my eyes went back to their normal color. %0D\
By the way, I was freelancing at the time, and after that day that company never called me back. I can''t blame them.
Kids, don''t do drugs
R10 was right, her eyes are purple in that photo. \
Every obituary I''ve read or heard or seen mentioned Liz''s violet eyes. So yes, it must''ve been a great marketing tool in her studio days, and the legend persists!
Did anyone else see this headline about her death:\
Elizabeth Taylor''s violet eyes close forever.\
I''d like to point out 2 things that have not been mentioned about r9''s photo.%0D\
1. Liz''s jaw line has been very clearly retouched by Roddy to look firmer.%0D\
2. The towel is mauve.
I think her eye color can best be described as cornflower blue.
I have hazel eyes which change a lot. After a good cry they are a beautiful emerald green but unfortunately bloodshot too.
Another weird Hollywood PR trick is the idea that Arnold Shwarzennegger is 6''2". He is no more than 5''10". I stood face to face with him once on a level floor. I am 6''2" and he is several inches shorter than that. Yet he has managed to get his height listed incorrectly as over six feet in any number of allegedly reliable sources.%0D\
It''s like the violet eyes: if you repeat it often enough people will think it''s true.
Different Eye Colours %0D
In a brown eye there is a lot of melanin in the anterior border layer. This absorbs the light and gives a brown velvety appearance. %0D
In a blue eye there is not much melanin in the anterior border layer. The light passes into the stroma where the collagen fibres scatter the light back as blue.%0D
In a green eye (or a hazel one) there is a variable level of melanin, so that some of the light is absorbed by the melanin and some is scattered by the collagen. The brown layer looks yellow as it is thinner, and so the yellow and blue mix to make green. %0D
Red irides are a result of albinism. Albinism is where there is no melanin in the melanocytes at all. Therefore all of the blood vessels (in the iris and retina) are seen and a redder appearance is given. In practice only very few albinos have red eyes, the blue reflections of the collagen show up stronger and so most have blue/grey or even brown. The mixing of red and blue reflections can also give rise to [bold]violet eyes.[/bold] %0D
[quote]Purple in this picture. Click to zoom.%0D\
R10, please. Harpers Bazaar et al are just as guilty of airbrushing celebrity pictures as the next magazine.%0D\
And don''t tell me people at the time wouldn''t know of the myth of these purple eyes. The picture is lovely, of course, but those eyes are airbrushed/color-altered for maximum effect.
It's possible to have purely red eyes, too. But yes, naturally violet eyes are possible to have. Mine turn violet when it's really muggy outside.
Hahahaha ... the "no makeup" photo. What kind of doofus says there's "no makeup" on her face?
People say that I have Bette Davis eyes.
Alla Nazimova supposedly had truly violet colored eyes, Too bad there are no color photos of her.
I did meet her once at a political event in Virginia when she was married to Senator John Warner (one of her fat stages), and I remember being disappointed that her eyes were not violet (more blueish gray).
I will say that people who met her in her youth (18+) said that they gasped at her beauty. One wrote that he laughed nervously in response to being introduced because she was so beautiful. Julie Harris (a contemporary) said once she would have given all her talent for her Elizabeth's beauty.
Blue or Violet she was a stunning beauty! But, yeah, in my opinion, they were just blue.
Ava Gardner was much more beautiful than Taylor.
Her eyes were blue. But it's so much more romantic to say they were violet.
Gee, anyone who wears makeup can easily see that the picture of her with the towel on her head is not "natural".
She is definitely wearing eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, and eyebrow pencil.
No, those eyebrows that you see were not "natural". That was the style back then. Pencil in very dark, to enhance the brows that were already there.
Anonymous may have had a friend of a friend....but he knows nothing about makeup.
It is possible, with all of the freckles showing, that she might have been without "foundation" makeup...otherwise, she is all made up.
Only when they are lazy eyes.
My mother had 'em. They'd go from pale grey to violet depending upon what colors she was wearing. Didn't have three rows of eyelashes though, lol.
I have green eyes, but there is a decent amount of yellow in them, but when I say I have green & yellow eyes people laugh at me. :(
Remember she also had a double row of eyelashes. Some kind of genetic mutation so she always looked like she had on mascara. I think a studio head scolded her mother once about scrubbing the make up off your child's face.
In PERSON her eyes looked blue-violet. They were navy blue but had red-brownish spots(blood's vessels)and the mix with the right light gave violet...Not like the flower of course but STUNNING and RARE. Even red cats aren't as red as a strawberry!!! Don't look the photos on the web: the dress she wore at Oscars 1970 was LAVENDER and
looks "ceil" on the pics.
In PERSON her eyes looked blue-violet. They were navy blue but had red-brownish spots(blood's vessels)and the mix with the right light gave violet...Not like the flower of course but STUNNING and RARE. Even red cats aren't as red as a strawberry!!! Don't look the photos on the web: the dress she wore at Oscars 1970 was LAVENDER and looks "ceil" on the pics.
I have very, very blue eyes that will completely change color depending on the light and what I'm wearing. That's all it is, folks.
I worked with this lady whose sister met Liz Taylor. Her sister said her eyes were definitely violet. Also, she said her eyes were stunningly piercing, jaw dropping, and captivating. she said you just had to see her in person to grasp her beauty because film and pictures didn't do her eyes and face justice.
Someone mentioned Ava Gardner. My mother had a friend who worked in Hollywood and she knew Ava Gardner. She said Ava was one of the most beautiful women that she ever seen. she said you couldn't help ,but just stand there and stare at her with awe. She said Ava had gorgeous deep green eyes with beautiful long eyelashes ,and even without makeup she was jaw dropping. She too said pictures and film did not do her beauty justice because you just had to see her in person to grasp her beauty. My mother's friend said, as a woman I said to myself, why couldn't I have been born that gorgeous, LOL! She was funny.
[quote] I know I have startlingly blue eyes
Bitch, the only one that needs to "get over" anything is you. That's the second time you mentioned your alleged "startling blue" eyes, this thread is about Elizabeth Taylor, not you. Get over yourself.
There is no such thing as "double eyelashes". That and the "violet eyes" were genius PR on the part of the studio. Liz definitely hit the genetic jackpot for looks, but legend is always more interesting than reality.
Some of us have eyes that change color depending on what we are wearing or the amount of light in the room. Of course even a little makeup can enhance the effect. The "flecks" in the eye contribute to the perceived difference in color. On camera we may also look completely different. I can't tell you how many have asked if I wear contacts. No&never.
I had a friend in highschool (a girl) who had eyes who would turn blue, green or gray. I don't mean that she would have these highlights of one of those colors but that they would really turn into those colors entirely. And, it wasn't colored lenses.
I also knew two people who had emerald green eyes - one a 15 year old and the other a 3 year old.
My boyfriend's eyes are dark green when he wears sunny colors and dark gray blue when he wears dark colors.
I seem to recall seeing pics of ET's son and his eyes were violet.
Lindsay Lohan also has violet eyes. I haven't thought of it until now, but perhaps that's part of why people thought of her for the Liz biopic. A natural purplish tint to the eyes is very rare, but the women have little in common otherwise.
[quote]Well, I trust Roddy McDowall (longtime friend of a very close friend of mine)
Well, then we must trust him too, then. I mean, if he's a longtime friend of a very close friend of Anonymous on the Internet, he's unimpeachable.
[quote]Lindsay Lohan also has violet eyes.
No, she doesn't.
She wore violet colored contacts for the TV movie.
Lindsay Lohan's eyes are gray, which I've always thought was the prettiest eye color (though that rich cornflower blue Elizabeth Taylor had might be even prettier). Gray eyes are fairly rare, but among the celebrities who have it are Joaquin Phoenix, Joan Collins, and Rachel McAdams.
I noticed Lindsay had violet eyes before, in Mean Girls. There's lots of good close-ups of her in that and I noticed a distinct purplish tint. It made an impression, because it was the first time I'd noticed that color since Elizabeth.
They look purplish there too r89, maybe more lavender than violet, but definitely purplish.
No violet, but been told I have Betty Davis eyes.
They were blue/gray. In certain lighting they may have reflected a violet hue.
"They look purplish there too [R89], maybe more lavender than violet, but definitely purplish"
No, they don't. They look GRAY. What the hell is wrong with you people, are you color blind or something? And all these people who have eyes that change color like a fucking mood ring; I think that's bullshit, too.
When I look at R92s picture in close up, her eyes look blueish with some yellow around the iris, rather than a true gray. Ashlee Simpson, of all people, has true gray eyes.
I always thought Lindsay had blue eyes.
[quote] [R47] is just angry that they're black and has it in for all Americans.
R80, You of all people would know about a thread bringing out idiots, such as yourself.
Trolldar's a bitch, and so are you.
Lindsay's eyes look gray to me.
[quote]There is no such thing as "double eyelashes".
There is. Only seen it once however. On a pretty male irish backpacker. Really impressive.
r83 is an Aspie & all over this thread w/retarded commentary. ugh! Probably has a wonk eye to boot
r85, you're an idiot. Lohan has brown eyes like her parents, and siblings. Not even green or hazel. see her early commercials. Fucking idiot, you. I know who you are!
She's got Violet Affleck eyes
Her eyes were so blue that day.
Yes, there is such a thing as double eyelashes, and Elizabeth Taylor had them--it's a mutation.
I just love reading comments by people who have claimed to see her violet eyes or that they know someone with violet eyes...some people are so sick. Pathological liars disgust me.
R107, out in California, it is not unusual for people to have come across movie stars uh? you know the film industry? You know, located in HOLLYWOOD?!!! You are aware that there have been thousands upon thousands of people who have worked in that industry over 100 years in that industry and its not unusual to come across someone, or someone who has a relative, etc. who met, worked, etc. with movie stars? Do you live in some isolated desert rarely any with human contact or the outside world?
r108, reality check. I am a public personality who has seen it all. You're drunk. Go to bed.
R109, I don't give a rat's ass if you are the president! I am an 8th generation Californian, and I am related to many historical figures of California history and I know a lot! So what?!
I am a public personality who has seen it all.
Yes, I know who you are. You are a legend! You are the one who made headlines back in the 80's when you threw that chair at Geraldo Rivera and broke his nose!
BTW, You're the one who is drunk! Its what you obviously do best,and THE ONLY THING YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WELL!