While much has been written about the late Liz Taylor this past week in terms of her life, films, jewelry, trials and tribulations (and yes, her many husbands), I thought this would be a good time to
look at some of the design-rich films she appeared in during her career.
From a design standpoint, one of my favorite films was director George Stevens saga A Place in the Sun (1951) which many critics consider one of Taylor's best performances. Co-starring her close friend Montgomery Clift, the film was shot on location in Lake Tahoe and set decorator Emile Kuri designed some very chic fifties interiors for the story of an ambitious up and comer who falls for a beautiful debutante.
|Taylor and Clift above and below|
|Taylor and Hudson as the Benedicts in early years....|
|and in later years.|
|The Marfa, Texas house|
Tennessee Williams acclaimed drama of life, marital problems and family living under the same roof is tackled in the Pulitzer Prize winning play turned film Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Taylor starred as the sexually frustrated wife Maggie (the cat) with Paul Newman as ex-football player/alcoholic/husband Brick. Her performance is incredible considering husband Michael Todd died in a plane crash just three weeks into filming. Contrary to popular belief, the film was not shot in the middle of the South but on the Coleman Estate on Long Island's Oyster Bay and the MGM soundstage.
|Taylor with Newman|
|Taylor as Maggie the Cat above and below|
Farewell La Liz. Thankfully your work lives on.
|Taylor as a lady of the evening in Butterfield 8|
|Sixties period bathroom in Butterfield 8|
|Co-starring with Dana Andrews in Elephant Walk|
|The Last Time I Saw Paris with Van Johnson|
|Lots of great sixties interiors in X, Y and Zee|
|Set still for Julia Misbehaves|
Photo Credits: MGM, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures.