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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

RIP, Elizabeth Taylor

You may have heard by now that film legend Elizabeth Taylor died this morning at the age of 79. She appeared in 70 films and TV movies in a career that spanned over sixty years. We'll miss her greatly.

I've commented before about how I enjoy seeing Hollywood's take on novels when they turn them into feature films. It turns out that over twenty of Ms. Taylor's Films started life as good old page turners. Here they are:
  • The Mirror Crack’d 1980 The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side Agatha Christie
  • The Driver’s Seat 1974 The Driver’s Seat Muriel Spark
  • Secret Ceremony 1968 Ceremonia Secreta Marco Denevi
  • The Comedians 1967 The Comedians Graham Greene
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye Carson McCullers
  • Cleopatra 1963 The Life and Times of Cleopatra C.M. Franzero
    Histories Plutarch
    Histories Suetonius
    Histories Appian
  • BUtterfield 8 1960 BUtterfield 8 John O’Hara
  • Raintree County 1957 Raintree County Ross Lockridge, Jr.
  • Giant 1956 Giant Edna Ferber
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 Babylon Revisited F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Elephant Walk 1954 Elephant Walk Robert Standish
  • Rhapsody 1954 Maurice Guest Henry H. Richardson
  • The Girl Who Had Everything 1953 A Free Soul Adela Rogers St. Johns
  • Ivanhoe 1952 Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott
  • A Place in the Sun 1951 An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
  • Father of the Bride 1950 Father of the Bride Edward Streeter
  • Conspirator 1949 The Conspirator Humphrey Slater
  • Little Women 1949 Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  • Julia Misbehaves 1948 The Nutmeg Tree Margery Sharp
  • Life with Father 1947 Life with Father Clarence Day
  • National Velvet 1944 National Velvet Enid Bagnold
  • Lassie Come Home 1943 Lassie Come Home Eric Knight
(This list does not include TV roles or uncredited roles.)

I received immense enjoyment scrolling through Elizabeth's list of film credits. I had forgotten how many truly great movies there are in which she starred. I think I need to get cracking on some of these books, though. Why don't you join me at your local public library?

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