The bright shiny amethyst in the world’s eye is moonwalking with Michael Jackson and the angels up in heaven today. The Today Show just announced that legend of legends Dame Elizabeth Taylor died early this morning of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. La Liz was 79 years old. As soon as I scent my tears with White Diamonds and get my eyebrows mourn-ready, I’ll add more. Meanwhile, here’s the statement her son released after her passing:
“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
Dame Liz’s publicist says that she was surrounded by her children, Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton, before she grabbed Richard Burton’s hand and skipped through the cloud tunnel to heaven (Yes, I believe heaven is exactly like it is in soap operas). Liz is survived by her 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.
There are so many things to thank Elizabeth Taylor for, like her contribution to the fight against AIDS, her impeccable eyebrow situation, her White Diamonds commercial (the holidays won’t ever be the same), her dozens of film roles, her turn as Helena Cassadine on General Hospital and of course…this:
Rest in peace, Elizabeth… I’m going to get married today in your honor.