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Posted: 23-Mar-2011, 05:48 PM
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Ms Taylor was an actress posessing quite some talent. After viewing National Velvet and later Butterfield 8, I was in "love!"

She lived life to the fullest measure and survived a number of personal scandals.

I look forward to her old movies coming back for a year or so at least.

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Posted: 24-Mar-2011, 07:23 AM
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In her prime there were very few actresses, if any, that could compete with her in the area of beauty.


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The films listed here have achieved notably negative reception as being called one of the worst films ever made. The films have been cited by a combination of reputable sources as one of the worst movies of all time.
















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Whether or not "reputable sources" thought the films were good or bad, the public at the time bought a lot tickets and thus helped set Ms. Taylor on the path to super stardom with her first academy award for best actress in Butterfield 8. Of the two films, National Velvet was low budget but got her started in the industry. I am told she also performed in a "Lassie" film prior to National Velvet but I did not see that. one.

Her personal life was a bit rocky/controversial but that could be said of many actors and actresses.

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Posted: 31-Mar-2011, 09:14 AM
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QUOTE (CHRISTOPHER5 @ 31-Mar-2011, 03:09 AM)
The films listed here have achieved notably negative reception as being called one of the worst films ever made. The films have been cited by a combination of reputable sources as one of the worst movies of all time.
















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I find the statement about the two movies mentioned in this thread being among the worse movies ever "interesting" since both movies had multiple Oscar nominations and in the case of National Velvet, I believe it is considered a classic. I'm also not sure how "Ranker.com" became a "reliable source" for movie ratings and reviews? unsure.gif

National Velvet was nominated in 5 Oscar categories: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Anne Revere), Best Film Editing (Robert Kern), Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color (Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary, Edwin B. Willis, and Mildred Griffiths), Best Cinematography, Color (Leonard Smith), Best Director (Clarence Brown). Anne Revere and Robert Kern both received the Oscar for their work in that film.
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National Velvet also was selected to be included in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 2003
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The New York Times Review in 1944 said of this movie: "National Velvet," should be a joy to all right-minded folks. For this fresh and delightful Metro picture, based on Enid Bagnold's novel of some years back, tells by far the most touching story of youngsters and of animals since Lassie was coming home.
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BUtterfield 8 received two Oscar nominations: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elizabeth Taylor), Best Cinematography, Color (Joseph Ruttenberg and Charles Harten) Ms. Taylor won the Oscar for that performance as well as the 1961 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama. She was also awarded 2nd place that year by the Laural Awards (1st went to Shirley MacLaine for "The Apartment") as well as the movie BUtterfield 8 and Co-star Dina Merrill were also nominated for Laurel Awards that year.
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The New York Times didn't love it but certainly didn't call it one of the "worse films ever".
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As far as I can tell Elizabeth Taylor and her then Husband, Eddie Fisher, are the only people of note at the time that thought the movie stunk.

I'm sure Elizabeth Taylor had to have appeared in at least one "stinker" in her career (I think most would agree that The Flintstones movie can't be considered a great movie on any scale) and Cleopatra almost bankrupted 20th Century Fox Studios, but I don't think the two movies originally mentioned can be considered in those categories.
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Posted: 31-Mar-2011, 09:05 PM
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I haven't ever seen one Liz Taylor ovie. the only thing I ever saw here in was picture stills in her Cleopatra role. One of these days I may check out something with her in it but the intrest just isn't there and i was never one for "horse" movies. Hard to believe she grew up only an hour south of me.


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Probably the movies mentioned above isn't belong to his field of interest and therefore can't relate.

Back with Elizabeth Taylor, I admire her. She's such a brilliant actress and had stayed beautiful despite of the challenge of getting older.


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She certainly did meet the aging challenge and fared much better than I have.

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The first movie I ever saw with Elizabeth Taylor in it was Ivanhoe... she played Rebecca and Robert Taylor was Ivanhoe.

It was a 1952 movie, but my mom and I loved to watch them. biggrin.gif

I think my most memorable Elizabeth Taylor moment was a commercial... the guys are playing poker and one guy doesn't have enough. She comes in and lays a pair of earrings down and says, "Here, these have always brought me luck."

Yeah, it was a black diamond commercial. but it was cool. biggrin.gif


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