Elizabeth Taylor

Parade Exclusive with Photographer Terry O’Neill: ‘Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, Audrey Hepburn Didn’t Know They Were Beautiful

Terry O’Neill, one the world’s most admired and important photographers, has been creating unforgettable images since he first photographed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones when they were unknowns. In a candid interview with Parade.com, O’Neill opened up about his extraordinary career, his thoughts on the paparazzi, and surprising details about some of his most famous photo subjects.Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner

Here are the highlights:

You’ve photographed some of the greatest movie beauties. Do beautiful women, like Ava Gardner, know they’re beautiful?
“No. Beautiful women see all their flaws, not their assets. I said to Ava, ‘You are definitely the most beautiful of women.’ She said, ‘Oh, shut up.’ I said to Michelle Pfeiffer one day, ‘You’re stunning!’ She said, ‘Oh, don’t be silly.’ Liz Taylor wouldn’t have it, either. She never believed it. Audrey Hepburn didn’t. You tell them that they’re beautiful, but they just don’t see it. But, of course, when you get to know them, like when you’re married to them, all the lust wears off and you’re face to face with [just] a human being.

“[The actresses of the ’50s] were better than today. Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, all of them were stunning. Now, they all seem the same. The only one who really stands out is Angelina Jolie, a different class of girl altogether. She’s a stunning, beautiful woman, a rarity, though.”

Your reputation rests on your ability to capture famous people as they truly are, like your early portraits of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
“Neither group was famous then. I took the Beatles first newspaper picture [in 1963, with the release of their first album, Please Please Me]. It sold out the newspaper. The group I liked was the Rolling Stones. [The newspaper editors] thought the Stones look like prehistoric monsters. I photographed them. It was the start of pop pictures in newspapers.”

Did you become friends with the Beatles and the Stones?
“Yes. Back in the ’60s we used to talk about what jobs we were going to get when all this was over. We were all convinced it was never going to last. It was incredible. We couldn’t believe you got money for doing what you loved doing. The Beatles used to be up all day, like normal people. But later they were all living at night and sleeping during the day, because they’re taking drugs and they’re out of it. It was a joke. Drugs are the biggest bloody sickness in the world. It’s caused havoc with everything.”

You photographed singer Amy Winehouse shortly before her death two years ago.
“I was really shocked when Amy died. She was one of the very few people I ever wanted to photograph. I thought this girl had a talent to be a really great jazz singer, not pop singer. Drugs and drink are a major disaster. I don’t know why people can’t handle it.”

You had a relationship with Martha Stewart.
“I’ve never met a more wonderful woman in my life, but I met her too soon after I broke up with Faye. Martha treated me like a king. And I couldn’t believe it. She was so kind to me. It was all too much. I just wasn’t used to it. One day I couldn’t take it. I just wanted to get away and breathe for a while on my own.”

Is she controlling?
“No, not at all. I thought, ‘What a perfect wife she’d be.’ It was that I’d just come out of a bad marriage [to Dunaway]. That was the problem. And I ran. I waited until Martha went out, and I got the car [from her Connecticut estate] to the airport and went home. I didn’t even talk to her for a couple of months. I was ashamed. I never said goodbye. I just didn’t know how to deal with it. I behaved badly.

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Michael Jackson Loses Dead Earners Top Spot Posted on: October 26, 2012 By: splash In: News

Michael Jackson is no longer the highest earning dead celebrity.

But which famous person could possibly have pulled ahead of the king of pop? According to Forbes, Jacko’s estate earned a staggering 145 million dollars. However it’s the Queen of Class who has risen to the top spot.

Elizabeth Taylor is now first in the annual list, and her posthumous pennies amounted to a colossal 210 million dollars.

Apparently the huge bump in money arrived when her jewelry was auctioned plus sales of her perfume White Diamonds alone scooped 75 million dollars.

Lindsay Lohan’s Taylor Biopic Under Investigation

Lindsay Lohan’s Elizabeth Taylor biopic is under investigation by two acting labor groups after she collapsed with exhaustion on June 15th.

Lohan had a health scare after she was reportedly found passed out in her California hotel suite. Lohan later explained she was simply exhausted after “working 85 hours in 4 days” on her comeback movie Liz & Dick.

Two other crew members allegedly left the production due to exhaustion, and now bosses at International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and SAG-AFTRA have launched a probe.

IATSE division director Mike Miller says, “The IATSE is on top of the situation on the set of Lifetime’s Liz & Dick. We have had union representatives on the set … and will continue to monitor the hours and working conditions there.”

“We take very seriously the safety and wellbeing of our crews, and are dedicated to seeing that they are protected from hazardous working conditions.”

Meanwhile a SAG-AFTRA spokeswoman tells TheWrap.com, “We have thoroughly investigated this matter and our business representatives have visited, and will continue to visit, the set of Liz & Dick. We have spoken with representatives from the company and they are fully aware of their contractual obligations. We will ensure that all applicable penalties will be paid.”

Grant Bowler Joins Elizabeth Taylor Biopic With Lindsay Lohan

Grant Bowler has reportedly signed on to appear alongside Lindsay Lohan in the upcoming Lifetime Network Elizabeth Taylor biopic “Liz & Dick.” Bowler will co-star as Taylor’s lover, Oscar winning Hollywood star Richard Burton. He is best known for his role as Cooter from “True Blood.”

Executive producer Larry A. Thompson broke the news telling Deadline.com: “Grant will add gravitas to our couple and bring to life one of the greatest actors who has ever lived.”

Lohan was confirmed for the role last month and it’s rumored that her contract was delayed as she fulfilled legal requirements for the network. According to Thompson, Bowler was one of several men in contention for the role, but was chosen after “the chemistry erupted in the room” with Lohan.

Oscar.com Kicks Off Oscar Season With The Return of its Emmy-Winning Digital Experience

the official online home of the 84th Academy Awards®, is launching its
award-winning Oscar Digital Experience today with a first look at Billy
Crystal’s return to Oscar’s stage. One of America’s most beloved funny men,
Billy starts the official countdown to the show talking about what the Oscars
mean to him and setting the stage for weeks of extensive coverage on Oscar.com.
The site kicks off with an
interactive timeline and Oscar’s official Blog, which will feature daily
content including red carpet fashion trends from stylists and tips from master
chefs and lifestyle experts on hosting the best Oscar viewing party. Oscar
Buzz, the site’s social media page, will track real-time comments from fans
using #Oscars and #OscarBuzz.
On Oscar Sunday, February 26,
Oscar.com will have live cameras strategically placed everywhere from the red
carpet to backstage and even the Governors Ball, providing the ultimate insider’s
view before, during and after the show. The cameras will broadcast online, as
well as on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
“Last year our team set the bar
high in terms of interactive second screen experiences,” said Karin Gilford,
senior vice president, Digital Media, ABC.com. “ This year we are taking the
best of what we learned and are building on it. Beginning today we’ll take
visitors on an unparalleled journey all the way through Oscar Sunday.”
“Oscar.com is for
the movie fan in all of us,” said Christina Kounelias, chief marketing officer,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The site not only allows us to
share the latest Oscar news, but also connects fans everywhere with 84 years of
unforgettable Academy moments.”




Straight from the Academy’s
photo and video archives, Oscar.com presents “Oscar History,” an interactive
timeline that includes:
Poitier becomes the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actor for :Lilies
of the Field”
Taylor with her Oscar for Best Actress in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Muhammad Ali surprises Sylvester Stallone with an
onstage sparring session the night “Rocky” wins Best Picture
Hanks takes home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Philadelphia.”
Damon and Ben Affleck charm audiences the night they win the Academy Award for
Best Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.”
Hobbits Everywhere… Peter Jackson is accompanied on stage by cast and crew
members of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” when he accepts the
Academy Award for Best Picture.
On Nominations morning, January
24, Oscar.com welcomes back Internet personality Shira Lazar, who will kick off
the first video installment of “Oscar Buzz” by covering reactions from the
social media world. “My Oscar Picks” will also go live. This interactive
play-along game offers fans a chance to test their Oscar prediction skills. On
Oscar Sunday, users will have the opportunity to play along during the telecast
and predict category winners ahead of the opening of the envelopes.
On January 29, “Oscar Buzz”
kicks off “Oscar Talks,” a four-part video series focusing on the Actor,
Actress, Directing and Best Pictures categories.
Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger returns on
February 1
Oscar.com with “Nominated…with Dave Karger.” The 10-episode series will
provide the ultimate film buff’s analysis of the Best Picture race.
It’s all glamour and glitz
beginning February 11. “Best Dressed” launches with Rachel Smith, host of “On the
Red Carpet,” doing interviews with stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists,
as well as covering live events, and of course, offering post-show analysis of
Oscar night fashion.
The 84th Academy Awards will be
presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and
Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

‘Friends’ Coffee Shop Sofa For Sale

The Central Perk coffee shop sofa used by the characters in hit sitcom Friends has been added to a much anticipated memorabilia auction.

The couch and other Friends keepsakes, like the Jouets Rocking Horse print from Courteney Cox’s character Monica’s room and even a “cast & crew only” snow globe Christmas gift, will go under the hammer at the Profiles in History Icons of Hollywood auction later this month in Los Angeles.

Other must-have items up for grabs include the ruby slippers and Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz, the DeLorean sports car from Back to the Future III, Steve McQueen’s Le Mans racing suit and Bela Lugosi’s Dracula cape.

There are also exclusive items from the estates of movie icons Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe on the block.

How Debbie Reynolds Forgave Elizabeth Taylor

When Debbie Reynolds reflects on her friend and former foe Elizabeth Taylor, her words are often brushed with bittersweet strokes.

It was after many years. I’d remarried and she’d remarried. I was going to London on the Queen Elizabeth ship and I looked up and I saw tons of luggage going by me and birdcages and dog cages and nurses and I realized Elizabeth was on the same ship as me. I almost changed my mind about going but my husband said, ‘Don’t be silly, we won’t be on the same floor. Of course we were so I sent a note to her room and she sent a note back to mine saying that we should have dinner and get this over with and have a good time. Because we were very good friends when we were 17 and went to school together on the MGM lot. And we had a wonderful evening with a lot of laughs.