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TCM Elizabeth Taylor Tribute

by habituallychic

03 . 24 . 11
I can’t believe that I’ve never seen Elizabeth Taylor’s classic film Butterfield 8 especially after seeing photos of Fifth Avenue apartment with fabulous blue walls.  If you haven’t seen it either, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will be airing it and 9 other Elizabeth Taylor films April 10th in a 24 hour tribute to the late movie star.  I look forward to watching her progress from a young girl in National Velvet to an older woman in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?  I’ve heard Butterfield 8 described as the Sex and the City of 1960 so I can’t wait to see how much dating in New York has changed in the last 50 years.  I’m guessing not very much!

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  1. abby jenkins March 24, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    I can’t believe I haven’t seen this either, in fact I am going to ebay and ordering a dvd right now!

    That apartment! The wardrobe! Ouu la la!

  2. misshannie March 24, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    Oh wow – the film looks captivating. I still can’t believe that such an enchanting woman has now passed away!


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  4. TheIconicBlog.com March 24, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    I just watched this film last night! The fashion and interiors are to die for…but the end is a bit odd and quite sad.

    Beyond worth it for the fashion and decor though!xx


  5. Joseph the Butler March 24, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    But she wasn’t ‘dating’ per se in the movie.

  6. Flotsam Friends March 24, 2011 | 7:29 pm

    I so have to see it too. She was a true Hollywood goddess wasn’t she. We’ll miss her. Pruxxx

  7. JoeTheMiddleYears March 24, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    Taylor felt that she was nominated, and subsequently won the Oscar for Butterfield 8 because she almost died around the time the movie came out and the nominations were announced. She never liked the movie and joked she won the Oscar because she had a tracheotomy. Ironically, she won her second Oscar for “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolfe?” in which she went out of her way to look horrible. She was brilliant in that movie though.

  8. camdesign March 24, 2011 | 7:34 pm

    I can’t believe I haven’t seen this either, looking forward to watching it.

  9. meenal bishnoi March 24, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    i haven’t seen it either..guess i shd buy the dvd..what a gorgeous woman..do check out my runway to room post inspired by her movie..xx meenal

  10. Hellohello baby March 24, 2011 | 10:08 pm

    Oh! I know I have to see this movie. Thanks for a beautiful post in honor of one of the most remarkable movistars of oure time.

  11. Nancy March 25, 2011 | 12:17 am

    La Liz was the best. Loved all of the pictures that you posted…thanks for sharing those as you had a few that I’d not seen before. She will be missed!

  12. Creations and Inspirations March 25, 2011 | 12:29 am

    She is great in that film! So sad she will be missed!

  13. Brillante Interiors March 25, 2011 | 12:30 am

    Being vintage myself I can say that I grew up watching her movies and I want to remember her as a splendid beauty, a talented actress and a woman with “no fear” falling and raising all her life!

  14. Frog Hill Designs March 25, 2011 | 1:56 am

    My deceased grandfather met her when she was a young girl and he was working for MGM. What most struck him were those eyes!

    Janet Hild

  15. jason March 25, 2011 | 3:00 am

    Butterfield 8 is quite the piece of work. A bit of an unusual foray into the sexual trappings of a multi tasking New York beauty of the late fifties early sixties.

    But I think you will find that it’s a bit more Sex “IN” the City rather than Sex and the City.
    Nonetheless, she is gripping in it as she was in most productions. Oh how I loved Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and all of this coming from a man like me. 🙂

  16. The enchanted home March 25, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Love all these pictures..many I have not seen. What a legend, what a beaty and what a star. Cat on a hot tin roof was my favorite of all of all her works. She will be terribly missed, but leaves behind the best gift possible..her treasure trove of amazing films for generations to enjoy.

  17. patuxxa March 25, 2011 | 11:20 am

    The movie is visually lovely, like so many of that age. However I always thought that the screenplay had a few serious flaws and the story suffers from it right down to the brusque, almost incomprehensible end.

    Indeed, some of the best bits of Liz’s later interviews (and I think there are several in video out there) are Liz absolutely bashing this movie and her performance in it!

  18. David Y. March 25, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    Butterfield 8 is one of my all time favorites, it made me fall in love with her. Make sure you watch it in a cozy cashmere throw and plenty of popcorn! Enjoy!

  19. Kathy March 25, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    Hey check out my blog today..my Mom’s cousin was her stand in all those years in the movies so I posted about that….

  20. Nita {ModVintageLife} March 25, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    I haven’t seen Butterfield 8 either. I will be sure to watch. I watched “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf” last night on TCM. I’d seen it before but it had been a long time. It was just as powerful as I remembered it. She was so fantastic in it. I had to read all about it online afterwards. She was only 32 when she made it and had to gain 30 pounds for the role. I watched “Giant” just last week. She made so many wonderful movies. I love “Suddenly Last Summer” and “A Place in the Sun”. Oh…love “Raintree County” too. And “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”….can’t wait for the marathon. She will be missed.

  21. LUSTER INTERIORS March 26, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    So glamorous! She really was something. I loved her in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” – a bit morose (as Tennessee Williams tends to be), but a classic drama all the same! Love the blog!