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a56
03-24-2011, 05:36 AM
As for that list, I really don't know why Hepburn is #1. But that is JMHO.
This is why I think Hepburn was ranked #1 in that list (and I agree with you, I think that ranking is debatable):
I think Hepburn is extremely well regarded within the film community. She is the only actress or actor ever to win more than 2 Lead Acting Oscars - she won 4 Lead Actress Oscars (one was a tie with Barbra Streisand in 1968). This despite the fact that she never even accepted any of the Oscars in person; she only attended the Oscars once and that was to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to her producer friend Lawrence Weingarten in 1974. She had an acting career lasting 62 years, from 1932 to 1994. She was not a controversial actress, and so she was a safe choice.

Wyliefan
03-24-2011, 01:35 PM
Katherine Hepburn's later film success and award wins certainly helped her reputation.

Not just her later films. She was magnificent all through her career, and had a truly impressive range. (Try watching Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story back to back sometime -- and those were both fairly early in her career.) Speaking subjectively, I wouldn't call her my own absolute favorite -- that would be Audrey -- but I think she deserves that #1 spot.

manleywoman
03-24-2011, 03:43 PM
I wish Taylor had played Bonnie butler in GWTW. I read in one of the obits she was up for yhe part, and was the perfect age at the time. She looked so much like Vivien Leigh, especially younger, and I always thought that the girl they did cast was so weak as an actress. I always find those parts of GWTW distracting. And how cool would that have been to have been her first role!!

Rex
03-24-2011, 03:53 PM
As for that list, I really don't know why Hepburn is #1. But that is JMHO.

Personally, as much as I admire Hepburn, I always thought that she was a triumph of personality over part. No matter who she portrayed, you never forgot she was Kate. She was once quoted as saying, "She me an actress without a personality and I'll show you a woman who isn't a STAH! An actress' personality HAS to shine through.". She was good at most of her rolls, but like a lot of the greats, she had her share of miscast parts. So did Liz.

IceAlisa
03-24-2011, 04:38 PM
I wish Taylor had played Bonnie butler in GWTW. I read in one of the obits she was up for yhe part, and was the perfect age at the time. She looked so much like Vivien Leigh, especially younger, and I always thought that the girl they did cast was so weak as an actress. I always find those parts of GWTW distracting. And how cool would that have been to have been her first role!!

I didn't know that she was up for Bonnie Butler but I've often thought that the young Elizabeth Taylor did look like Vivien Leigh. I agree that the girl they chose wasn't a good actress and certainly, Elizabeth would have done a better job AND would have looked the part.

RubyLaRhumba
03-24-2011, 04:49 PM
She becomes a child star who grows up to be beautiful beyond belief, marries a rich playboy as almost a child bride, divorces him and becomes a wife and mother to a boring englishman, divorces him to marry a flamboyant older producer in a loving but stormy union, loses that husband in a plane crash, "steals" his best friend and destroys the "perfect" marriage, marries him and becomes public enemy #1, almost dies of pneumonia and becomes public survivor #1, gives her husband a dose of his own medicine by leaving him for a costar, marries him--twice--giving the tabloids stories to tell for years, becomes a senator's wife and gains 200 pounds, divorces him and loses the weight (and again looking absolutely fabulous), becomes best friends with wacko jacko, marries a man she met in rehab, becomes an activist of the "taboo" disease at a time when no one else would, becomes more wealthy than she's ever been with the launch of her perfumes...

There will never be another Elizabeth Taylor.

That about sums it up! RIP Elizabeth Taylor

genevieve
03-24-2011, 05:05 PM
I went to the video store last night after work and nabbed 4 Taylor films to watch this weekend: Suddenly Last Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, and Elephant Walk. They didn't have A Place in the Sun in stock and I didn't feel like getting all gloomy with Virginia Woolf.

skipaway
03-24-2011, 06:04 PM
Westboro Baptist will be picketing at the funeral...:mad:

Westboro (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/westboro-baptist-church-to-picket-elizabeth-taylors-funeral/2011/03/24/ABxQgJPB_blog.html?hpid=z2)

Karina1974
03-24-2011, 07:20 PM
I wish Taylor had played Bonnie butler in GWTW. I read in one of the obits she was up for the part, and was the perfect age at the time. She looked so much like Vivien Leigh, especially younger, and I always thought that the girl they did cast was so weak as an actress. I always find those parts of GWTW distracting. And how cool would that have been to have been her first role!!


According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Taylor), she was still living in England when GWTW was being filmed, and she didn't come to the US until April 1939. She wasn't even signed to a major studio (Universal) until 1941. MGM first signed her in 1942.

Karina1974
03-24-2011, 07:29 PM
I didn't know that she was up for Bonnie Butler

That's because it isn't true.

http://dameelizabethtaylor.com/faqs.html


How did Dame Elizabeth get her start in show business?

While fleeing war torn England aboard the S.S. Manhattan in 1939, little Elizabeth saw Shirley Temple in The Little Princess and knew then and there her future occupation. “I don’t want to be a movie star,” proclaimed the seven year old. “I want to become an actress.”

The Taylors were given a letter of introduction to famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from their friend, Thelma Cazalet Keir. After making a stop at Francis Taylor’s Los Angeles art gallery, Hopper wrote of her visit in her column. There was a small mention of the future actress, but nothing came of it.

Complete strangers would often suggest that little Elizabeth, who looked like a young Vivien Leigh, should try her luck in pictures. While on a tour of the MGM lot with neighbour and MGM producer John Considine, Jr., studio head Louis B. Mayer wanted Elizabeth to sign a contract with the studio, but, for whatever reason, one was never drawn up. Not long after, Andrea Berens, a client of Francis Taylor’s and fiancée of Universal Pictures chairman and stockholder Cheever Cowdin, eargerly suggested that her fiancée take a look at Elizabeth. The two came to the Taylors house for tea, and Cowdin invited Sara and Elizabeth to come to Universal for a tour, with perhaps a screen test down the line. Soon after, Elizabeth did complete a screen test for Universal, and in April 1941 she was given a six month contract at $100 per week, with an option to renew.

When did Dame Elizabeth make her film debut?

Dame Elizabeth made her film debut in the 1942 Universal picture, There’s One Born Every Minute. It would be her only film for Universal before they dropped her after not knowing what to do with a child who looked older than her years.

When did Dame Elizabeth sign with MGM?

Elizabeth, who would have preferred to have signed with MGM over Universal anyway, would soon have her chance to work for the studio that had “More Stars than there are in the Heavens”. After the option on her contract was not picked up by Universal, MGM producer Sam Marx asked Elizabeth to audition for a role in Lassie Come Home. Marx, who had been an air-raid warden alongside Elizabeth’s father during World War II in Beverly Hills, remembered hearing about the beautiful aspiring actress, and thought she might be a good last minute replacement for the young girl who had grown too tall for the role. Elizabeth won the part, and the rest, as they say, is history.

manleywoman
03-24-2011, 07:59 PM
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Taylor), she was still living in England when GWTW was being filmed, and she didn't come to the US until April 1939. She wasn't even signed to a major studio (Universal) until 1941. MGM first signed her in 1942.


That's because it isn't true.

http://dameelizabethtaylor.com/faqs.html

That's interesting. The reporter got it wrong then, since I did read it in one of the obits.

Nevertheless, it still is a shame she didn't do it! She would have been perfect for the part.

manleywoman
03-24-2011, 08:01 PM
Personally, as much as I admire Hepburn, I always thought that she was a triumph of personality over part. No matter who she portrayed, you never forgot she was Kate. She was once quoted as saying, "She me an actress without a personality and I'll show you a woman who isn't a STAH! An actress' personality HAS to shine through.".

And see, personally I disagree. You never forgot is was Kate playing a role, same with Cary Grant, and many others. They never really disappeared into the role the way Bette Davis and Meryl Streep do. That's why I'd put Bette Davis at the top of the list.

Not to say she wasn't a great actress, but I don't think the actor's personality should overshadow the character. JMO.

attyfan
03-24-2011, 08:04 PM
Westboro Baptist will be picketing at the funeral...:mad:

Westboro (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/westboro-baptist-church-to-picket-elizabeth-taylors-funeral/2011/03/24/ABxQgJPB_blog.html?hpid=z2)

They are threatening to do so .... they also threatened to picket Natasha Richardson's funeral (and Heath Ledger's), but didn't do so.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42248240/ns/today-entertainment/

Wyliefan
03-24-2011, 08:20 PM
And see, personally I disagree. You never forgot is was Kate playing a role, same with Cary Grant, and many others. They never really disappeared into the role the way Bette Davis and Meryl Streep do.

I've got three words for you: Eleanor of Aquitaine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDbfOFBxmEI). If The Lion in Winter isn't a case of performance overshadowing personality, I don't know what is.

manleywoman
03-24-2011, 09:16 PM
I've got three words for you: Eleanor of Aquitaine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDbfOFBxmEI). If The Lion in Winter isn't a case of performance overshadowing personality, I don't know what is.

Admittedly I've never seen that one. So I'll check it out.