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That's interesting because I prefer the screechier first half of Cleopatra to the more subdued second half. When Taylor/Cleopatra tells Rex Harrison/Julius Caesar about her ambitions for Egypt and Rome to create a global empire to dwarf even that of Alexander, you really believe her!

I didn't. I thought her midcentury American whine put the kibosh on any attempt to evoke an ancient time and place. Her chubby figure, extremely heavy eye makeup, and rather ugly Irene Sharaff ensembles actually make her look unappealing. In the second half of the movie all of these problems are somewhat ameliorated, at least as far as her performance is concerned - although it does seem a bit odd that Cleopatra looks younger and fresher with the years.

(I agree that the first half of the movie is better, but for different reasons.)

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For everyone who ran home from school to watch Luke and Laura on General Hospital . . .

Helena Cassadine (Elizabeth Taylor) curses the marriage of Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) at the height of General Hospital-mania in 1981:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbyE1cDNW4Y&feature=related

And, arguably, Helena's curse continues to plague the Spencer family (Luke, Laura and their children Lucky and Lulu) on General Hospital, lo these 30 years later.

The money shot starts at 5:45 . . .

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scan of not necessarily rare photocard of Elizabeth Taylor, captioned M.G.M. ELIZABETH TAIJLOR (Dutch? produced and with plain back) presumably from the 1952 movie: LOVE IS BETTER THAN EVER, in which Taylor plays dancing teacher, Anastacia (Stacie) Macaboy (acc'd to imbd).

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The auction of Taylor's jewelry breaks sales records.

The estimates, which proved to be laughably, almost perversely low, were apparently derived only from the intrinsic value of the metals and minerals involved. The crucial but impossible-to-quantify factor of stardust was not included in the equation.

Proving that the extravagantly rich are not immune to the charms of secondhand celebrity, the bidding maintained a giddy pace through the night. To cite just one memorable example, the famous La Peregrina pearl, dangling from a necklace of pearls, diamonds and rubies by Cartier, caused ripples of murmurs and applause when it sold for $11.8 million, almost four times the estimate of $3 million.

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Among buyers, there also will be those who just want to own, and wear, a piece of history. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian said she paid $64,900 for three jade bracelets, telling InStyle.com, "I believe they carry her spirit".

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Meanwhile, during last night’s couture and art portion of the auction, a signed Warhol print of Taylor went for a whopping $662,500 after a spirited bidding war. It had been estimated to sell for about $50,000.

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Taylor's "Green Goddess" Rolls Royce is going on the block. The shade of green is just yummy.

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The Goddess comes with personalized plates, LIZ SC2 and has only 40,644 miles on the odometer. It has a personalized left-hand drive: only 20 of them were ever built. Liz loved it and kept it for almost 20 years, even having it shipped to Rome when she started shooting “Cleopatra.” That working trip marked the end of her marriage to Fisher, as she met and fell in love with her co-star (who was also married at the time), Richard Burton.

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Footage of Taylor sitting next to Nancy Reagan listening to Ronald Reagan's first speech on AIDS (in 1987 !!!!) is featured prominently in Showtime's new four-episode documentary, "The Reagans." Taylor worked on Nancy and Nancy worked on Ronnie, and without Taylor the speech would probably not have happened. Those were the bad old days.

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17 hours ago, dirac said:

Footage of Taylor sitting next to Nancy Reagan listening to Ronald Reagan's first speech on AIDS (in 1987 !!!!) is featured prominently in Showtime's new four-episode documentary, "The Reagans." Taylor worked on Nancy and Nancy worked on Ronnie, and without Taylor the speech would probably not have happened. Those were the bad old days.

That documentary was not flattering to the Reagans' legacy on AIDS and racial equality.

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