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Elizabeth Taylor's movie choices

They were certainly... eclectic. After she was able to select her own roles, why did she almost always pick extrememly flawed women to play, in sometimes very offbeat movies? Psychotic, shrew, narcissist, prostitute, crime victim...

Here's a partial list:

The Driver's Seat (20-May-1974) Ash Wednesday (1-Nov-1973) Night Watch (10-Aug-1973) Hammersmith Is Out (12-May-1972) Under Milk Wood (27-Jan-1972) Zee and Co. (21-Jan-1972) The Only Game in Town (21-Jan-1970) Secret Ceremony (23-Oct-1968) Boom (26-May-1968) · Flora Goforth The Comedians (31-Oct-1967) Reflections in a Golden Eye (11-Oct-1967) Doctor Faustus (10-Oct-1967) The Taming of the Shrew (27-Feb-1967) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (21-Jun1966) The Sandpiper (23-Jun-1965) The V.I.P.'s (1-Sep-1963) Cleopatra (12-Jun-1963) Butterfield 8 (4-Nov-1960) Suddenly, Last Summer (22-Dec-1959) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (18-Sep-1958) Raintree County (4-Oct-1957) Giant (10-Oct-1956) The Last Time I Saw Paris (18-Nov-1954) Beau Brummell (1-Oct-1954) Elephant Walk (21-Apr-1954)

by Anonymousreply 703/30/2013

Because La Liz was shrewd enough to know that audiences didn't want to see her playing doctors, lawyers, scientists, educators, politicians, and activists. Those roles were for the Greer Garsons, Deborah Kerrs, or Joanne Woodwards. They wanted to see glamorous, bosomy Elizabeth Taylor in distress, and back then neurotics, psychotics, prostitutes, crime victims, and fallen women were the juicy parts being written for pretty women who were no longer ingenues.

by Anonymousreply 103/30/2013

^ Please ignore the link above. That was for another thread.

by Anonymousreply 203/30/2013

After Cleo her fee was one million. Anyone willing to pay, she signed on the dotted line.

by Anonymousreply 303/30/2013

After her great era - to end of the 60s, with box office disasters like Boom and Secret Ceremony she grabbed whatever she was offered, Zee & Co was kitschy camp but the rest were DREADFUL, and hardly got shown at the time. Even now something like The Drivers Seat is unwatchable.

by Anonymousreply 403/30/2013

An interesting point certainly, she was able to pick and choose her projects and didnt really need to work for money as she must have had amassed enough, but of course had that travelling entourage to maintain ... perhaps Mike Todd instilled into her the idea of always grab the bucks.

by Anonymousreply 503/30/2013

It's funny The Driver's Seat is so bad because its based on one of the best novels by one of the best British novelists of the 20th century, Muriel Spark.

by Anonymousreply 603/30/2013

I love the Driver's Seat aka Idendikit!

" Stain resistant? Doesn't stain?? Who asked you for a STAIN RESISTANT dress!"

by Anonymousreply 703/30/2013
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