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Originally posted 01/17/2012 11:55AM
Elizabeth Taylor was the ultimate Hollywood starlet with a glittering on-screen presence and eyes of violet.
And with a Lifetime biopic in the works, that's a lot to live up to for a lucky leading lady. The It Girls possibly up for the role: Lindsay Lohan and, more recently, Megan Fox.
"I've been talking to Lindsay Lohan directly, and with her reps, and have been in conversations with other actresses, including Megan Fox," Larry Thompson, executive producer of Lifetime's Liz and Dick, tells E! News.
He added of Lohan and Fox, both 25: "It's a very serious selection. It's like casting for Hollywood royalty."
Originally posted 12/14/2011 06:15AM
All that glitters is gold – as Tuesday night's Manhattan auction of 80 gems from the estate of Elizabeth Taylor fetched nearly $116 million, a dazzling world record for a private jewelry collection.
"It's one of the most extraordinary auctions that Christie's has ever had and a testament to the affection for Elizabeth Taylor worldwide," said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie's Americas, reports the New York Post.
The highest price for a single item – $11.8 million – was set by the "La Peregrina," the 16th-century pearl on a necklace designed by Cartier, which husband Richard Burton gave Taylor in 1969. It carried a pre-auction estimate of between $2 million to $3 million, and when bidding passed the $10 million mark, the auction gallery burst into applause.
Originally posted 10/16/2011 08:55PM
Close friends and family of the late Elizabeth Taylor gathered Sunday afternoon to remember the beloved Hollywood legend during a private memorial on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, PEOPLE has learned.
With Taylor's good friend Colin Farrell hosting the 75-minute celebration in the lot's Steven J. Ross Theater, the tribute was attended by Taylor's children Michael and Christopher Wilding, Liza Tivey and Maria Burton, as well as close friends Michael Caine, stepdaughter Kate Burton and Sir Elton John, who sang a stirring rendition of "Blue Eyes" to close the program.
"To say that the world got smaller, emptier, darker and lonelier when we lost Elizabeth is an understatement," Sir Elton John told the 400 guests during his heartfelt remarks. "She was a true rock, a pioneer, a pathfinder, a trailblazer and a star who will always burn bright and always had time to laugh at herself."
Originally posted 06/29/2011 08:10AM
Elizabeth Taylor fans will soon get a closer look into the private life of the late Hollywood legend, as Christie's prepares a worldwide tour and auction of some of her most prized personal possessions.
The auction house is assembling a museum-quality collection of Taylor's jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia, and will display it on a three-month international tour beginning in September.
The tour will culminate in New York in December with a 10-day exhibition taking up Christie's entire Rockefeller Center gallery, followed by four consecutive days of auctions from Dec. 13-16.
Originally posted 05/23/2011 02:30PM
The 1960s ranch-style house in Bel Air that Elizabeth Taylor called home for the past 30 years is on the market for $8.6 million, according to Mossler Properties, which is handling the estate of the screen legend.
Taylor, 79, died on March 23.
According to Mossler's description, the "fully gated and secured" 7,000-sq.-ft. hilltop residence sits on approximately 1.27 acres. Photos for the listing show a private driveway and a broad, bricked motor court, a pool, as well as lush landscaping.
Contained on the interior main floor are "a large, galley-style country kitchen, powder room, lower master suite, two family bedrooms with garden access, and maid's quarters."
Originally posted 05/21/2011 05:00PM
The last year has not been without challenges for Sarah Ferguson – but she says she's not dwelling on the past.
"I'm looking to the future," Ferguson told PEOPLE at amFAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS gala Thursday night at the Eden Roc Hotel on Cap d'Antibes. "I don't focus on the past because there's nothing I can do to change things. I have so much to be grateful for, especially my daughters."
The amFAR gala represented what may be the start of a comeback for the Duchess of York, 51, who also has a memoir coming out June 28 called Finding Sarah: A Duchess's Journey to Find Herself and a TV show on OWN called Finding Sarah.
Originally posted 04/26/2011 07:00AM
After years of silence, Larry Fortensky, the construction worker who met Elizabeth Taylor in rehab and became her eighth and final husband, has opened up about their years together – and their conversation just days before the screen legend died last month at 79.
"She was going into hospital the next day," Fortensky, 59, tells Britain's Daily Mail of their final talk. "I thought she was going to be okay. I told her she would outlive me. She said, 'Larry, I'm going to be okay.' "
It was the coda to the most unlikely of romances between the most famous actress of her generation and a man 20 years her junior who couldn't have been more anonymous.
Originally posted 03/26/2011 05:10PM
In her final weeks, Elizabeth Taylor had a lot of friends drop by her room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
"We talked about how it's really hell getting older," says Debbie Reynolds, who spoke to PEOPLE about her onetime rival and longtime friend. "We were complaining to each other about that, like two girls would."
But on the last night of her life, it was only her four children who were by her side as the last true Hollywood goddess passed away from congestive heart failure on March 23.
"She was comfortable and it was peaceful and she was surrounded by her children," says her close friend Sally Morrison, who also shared her fond remembrances of Taylor, 79, with PEOPLE.
Originally posted 03/26/2011 12:15PM
It seemed yet another offbeat twist in the fascinating life of Elizabeth Taylor. After a series of tempestuous marriages – and divorces – came the mid-'70s she wed, for the seventh time, a staid and handsome former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and an aspiring U.S. Senatorial candidate from Virginia, John Warner.
Yet, as was the case with most everything involving the star, even their meeting was larger-than-life, prompted by a visit to Washington, D.C., by the Queen of England, who hosted a dinner at the British Embassy. Taylor was on the guest list, and Warner was asked by the British ambassador to escort her.
"So, I drive up to the hotel where she's staying and gave the doorman $5 and said I need to go pick up somebody and I need to leave the car here," Warner, now, 84, fondly recalled for PEOPLE this week, after Taylor's death on Wednesday. Greeted by Taylor's personal secretary, he said, "Hi, I'm John Warner. I'm here to pick up Ms. Taylor."
Once he and the star went downstairs, she inquired about his car. "It's here right out in front," Warner informed her. Taylor, accustomed to limos, asked, "Well, where is your driver?" Replied Warner: "You're looking at him." Gasped Taylor: "What?"
Originally posted 03/24/2011 09:00PM
She was a Hollywood original to the end.
Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest Thursday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., in a small, private funeral attended by friends and family that began 15 minutes after schedule – under instructions she left.
"She even wanted to be late for her own funeral," a family rep said in a statement.
Taylor's casket was closed and draped with gardenias, violets, and lily of the valley. She was interred in The Great Mausoleum, the same resting place for her longtime friend Michael Jackson.
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