Elizabeth Taylor and Me, by Lanier Smith

Young Taylor

Over my lifetime I leaned many things from Elizabeth Taylor. I learned how to face life straight on and survive the hard times. I learned that it was a blessing to be different. I learned that kindness and honesty and being the real you brings unexpected rewards. I learned by watching her with Montgomery Clift, James Dean, and Rock Hudson that loyalty is the hallmark of being a real friend. I learned how to use my eyes to speak when it was too loud for words.


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  1. February 9, 2014

    In my Parma Violet bouquet of friends there is one called Vickie.

    • February 10, 2014

      Oh seer of scent, is there a perfume that smells like violets but isn’t too young for the likes of me? I love the smell of them, and the damp earth, and the cool of springtime.

      • February 10, 2014

        I am on the hunt babe!!

  2. February 9, 2014

    People often comment on how loyal Elizabeth Taylor was as a friend, don’t they? It’s a wonderful trait in a person.

    • February 10, 2014

      Loyalty and humility, something not very apparent in people who have been hot-housed, since they were very young, for the movie screen. “I, along with the critics, have never taken myself very seriously.” E. Taylor

  3. George Kaplan
    February 10, 2014

    How fascinating and lovely. Thank you, Lanier for writing it and Vickie for posting.

    • February 10, 2014

      Most welcome! What an ADVENTURE. When Lanier first hinted at the story he told me, “Remind me to tell you about the time I spent the night with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor…”

  4. February 12, 2014

    Lanier you write,beautifully,evocatively and touchingly.I feel the better for having read that.I can only say thank you.

  5. February 12, 2014

    Vickie,a lovely picture to go with Laniers sensitive prose.

  6. December 5, 2015

    Beautiful Elizabeth Taylor….a remarkable woman. Thank you.

  7. December 5, 2015

    Do you know the name of the photographer that took this? This is one helluva shot! Love the restrained use of light. She always manages to look great in portraits.

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