It is impossible to cram enough words into a sentence that will accurately depict her extraordinary life and all that she achieved - professionally, personally and philanthropically. A true icon and the last great star of Hollywoodâ€™s golden era â€“ she epitomised elegance, sophistication, glamour and grit. Throughout her five-decade-long career that included two Academy Awards, she starred in some of the biggest and most well loved films of all time.
Tribal Theatre has decided to pay homage to the Hollywood legend by screening her Oscar-winning turn in â€˜Whoâ€™s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?â€™ for an exclusive five-night run from April 12-16. The Elizabeth Taylor Tribute is an opportunity to see the actress on the big screen, perhaps for one last time.
The film itself, released in 1966 and directed by Mike Nicols, was nominated for a whopping 13 Academy Awards and took home five of those on the night including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Starring Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis, the film itself was considered groundbreaking at the time for the level of profanity and sexual implications. Plus the casting of Elizabeth Taylor, named as one of the most beautiful people in the world, as the frumpy, fifty-ish Martha was surprising. But true to her unpredictable and determined nature, Taylor wowed audiences and critics alike when she nailed the role and won the Oscar for her portrayal. In preparation for the role, she gained 13 kgs and during filming wore heavy drab makeup and was almost unrecognisable as the violet-eyed beauty the world knew and loved. In return, she nabbed an Oscar, married her leading man (twice) and starred in the first film to ever use the word â€œbuggerâ€ in dialogue.
Facts about Elizabeth you may not know.
1. Before she got into films, she had a lemonade stand in Southern California.
2. She was mad for â€˜Law & Orderâ€™ and saw every single episode. Her children and Mariska Hargitay, played together as kids.
3. She converted to Judaism in 1959.
4. Her Jewish name was Elisheba Rachel.
5. Her first horse was named Betty.
6. She didn't go on a date until she was 16.
7. She thought her legs were too short.
8. The film she was the most proud of is "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
9. She never faced the day without perfume.
10. She never had acting lessons, though many people told her she needed them.
â€˜Whoâ€™s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?â€™ is screening at Tribal Theatre April 12-16.