Elizabeth Taylor, Screen Legend, Anti-AIDS Activist, Great Rack Possessor, Dies

Many are remembering

Elizabeth Taylor

, who died today at 79, for her screen career, AIDS philanthropy, eight marriages, ravaging illnesses and being an enduring muse for the gossip media.

As well we should.

But we should also pause to mourn the loss of something else: an amazing rack. It was those violet eyes that drew us in when the then-12-year-old Taylor starred in National Velvet (1944), but after she developed . . . in the words of Adlai Stevenson, "Va-va-vooooom!"

Indeed, it can be confirmed that a retrospective photo spread of Dame Liz that appeared in, of all places, Reader's Digest helped at least one young Inland Empirian navigate puberty in the '70s.

That issue could not be located via quick Google search so you, too, could digest it. So, here are some random images to remind the world of the voluptuousness of one great broad.

RIP, Liz.

Liz as Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
Liz as Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

Liz as Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
Liz as Gloria Wandrous in Butterfield 8 (1960).
Liz as Gloria Wandrous in Butterfield 8 (1960).

Liz as Gloria Wandrous in Butterfield 8 (1960).

 
Liz in the title role of Cleopatra (1963).
Liz in the title role of Cleopatra (1963).

Liz in the title role of Cleopatra (1963).
Liz played Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (1967).
Liz played Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (1967).
Saturday Evening Post

Saturday Evening Post
Liz played Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (1967).
Liz ages gracefully.
Liz ages gracefully.

Liz ages gracefully.


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