It's easy to focus on the character quirks of Elizabeth Taylor, who died today of heart failure at 79. She was, apparently, a good and decent person (one of the first in Hollywood to champion AIDS victims) and a bizarre person.
Still, let's focus on something else: She became a good actress who was in some truly great movies. Proof of that will come April 10, when Turner Classic Movies has an all-day Liz-athon.
TCM has just annonced its line-up; look over the list and you'll see some remarkable movie moments. Some of these ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," for instance) are great movies; some ("Virginia Woolf," for instance, capture Taylor at the top of her acting skills. All mark an impressive career.
Here's a complete schedule of TCM’s April 10 memorial tribute
to Elizabeth Taylor (all times Eastern):
6 a.m. – Lassie Come Home
(1943), with Roddy McDowall and Edmund Gwenn; directed by Fred M. Wilcox.
7:30 a.m. – National Velvet (1944), with Mickey Rooney, Anne
Revere and Angela Lansbury; directed by Clarence Brown.
10 a.m. – Conspirator (1952),
with Robert Taylor and Robert Flemyng; directed by Victor Saville.
11:30 a.m. – Father of the Bride (1950), with Spencer Tracy,
Billie Burke, Joan Bennett and Don Taylor; directed by Vincente Minnelli.
1:15 p.m. – Father’s Little Dividend (1951), with
Spencer Tracy, Billie Burke, Joan Bennett and Don Taylor; directed by Vincente
2:45 p.m. – Raintree County
(1957), with Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor and
Agnes Moorehead; directed by Edward Dmytryk.
6 p.m. – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), with Paul Newman
and Burl Ives; directed by Richard Brooks.
8 p.m. – Butterfield 8 (1960),
with Laurence Harvey and Eddie Fisher; directed by Daniel Mann.
10 p.m. – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966),
with Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis; directed by Mike Nichols.
12:30 a.m. – Giant (1956), with James Dean and Rock Hudson;
directed by George Stevens.
4 a.m. – Ivanhoe (1952), with Robert Taylor and Joan
Fontaine; directed by Richard Thorpe.