ELIZABETH TAYLOR was the last light sparkling in the celestial Hollywood golden age pantheon when the blip blip blip screen in her hospital room was bedimmed on March 23, 2011. During her 65 year film career she got married every now and then - tied with Mickey Rooney at 8 trips to the altar (doubling the score of Dale Evans). She also had 20 surgeries, 70 hospitalizations, 4 last rites, or whatever Jews call last rites. She died possessed of $150 million worth of diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies, some of which she would wear on beer runs to the 7-11, the remainder of which she would scoop up from a shoe box under the bed while laughing greedily like a pirate. She had luminescent eyes of a rather sudden purpureal shade; bushy eyebrows like Montgomery Clift; eyelashes black as a jet; and a body like Dale Evans. She was an actor of intensity and range who, unlike Nicholson, Deniro, and Brando, had the good sense to quit the game before wearing out the brand. As you read this, Liz is blowing puffy smoke rings all over the vault of heaven and wrecking marriages among the cherubim and seraphim.
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