Dressing up as Cleopatra – Elizabeth Taylor (1963)

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Liz Taylor and Richard Burton on the Set of ‘Cleopatra’: Rare and Classic Photos | LIFE.com.


  1. Dearest V
    So ridiculously, studio-bustingly sumptuous.
    We truly will never see its like again… well we may see it’s likeness via CGI, but the days when Hollywood actually built and made things like this are surely at an end. Forever.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

      • Dearest V
        I think that I read somewhere that if a ‘like-for-like’ calculation, I think ‘purchasing power parity’ is the phrase, is done then Cleo still ranks as the most expensive, in fact quite a few of the great old blockbusters were proportionately more costly than anything being made today.
        I believe I read that in The Economist, or FT perhaps… such thing have been known.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  2. So many different kinds of amazing I don’t even know where to start. Liz was truly a one-off, and the level of detail in Renié’s costumes and accessories is incredible, I love that cape overlay that looks like wings. Thanks for reminding of how great this was, I’m off to re-watch.

  3. Unreal! The glamour!
    I recently read a fun book about Liz appropriately titled “How to be a Movie Star.” I didn’t know much about her before, but I’m a great admirer now. It seems she was a kind of fairy tale princess with a real woman’s appetites for sex, food, and glamour. Like Tura Satana and Audrey Hepburn all wrapped into one.

  4. George Kaplan

    I agree with Silverscreenings, Vickie you are a Genius! And funny too. This would, Roddy M apart, have been much better as a silent – if they cut it. ; -) Either that or as a musical with Rex employing his unique “singing” style (sprechsegang?)…! Ha.

  5. Elizabeth was an icon of feminity; enduring pain, failure, heartache without a wisp of oh-poor-me. Her strength in life and in films was an inspiration to the young girl who saw every film she made. I wept the day she died, something rare for me in regard to public figures. I still watch her films, just to observe her expressions and movements. She was the last of the great actors who knew the difference between acting and being genuine. A real woman and unapologetic about it. Eternally grateful, Elizabeth, I miss you.

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