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A woman’s bedroom. So inviting. ” — Whoopi Goldberg, commenting on the death of Elizabeth Taylor ELIZABETH TAYLOR THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME “There are guilty pleasures. Then there is the master of guilty pleasures, Darwin Porter. There is nothing like reading him for passing the hours. He is the Nietzsche of Naughtiness, the Goethe of Gossip, the Proust of Pop Culture. Porter knows all the nasty buzz anyone has ever heard whispered in dark bars, dim alleys, and confessional booths. And lovingly, precisely, and in as straightforward a manner as an oncoming train, his prose whacks you between the eyes with the greatest gossip since Kenneth Anger.

Elizabeth Taylor would both enchant and appall the world she’d so awkwardly entered. Besides her unusually colored eyes—a curious shade of violet—she would become known for her breasts. A Welsh actor and her future husband, Richard Burton, would refer to them as “apocalyptic. ” *** When Elizabeth Taylor became an international star, Sara vicariously lived her daughter’s life. Stardom had been the dream of Sara herself. A THESPIAN MOTHER: Views of Sara Warmbrodt (aka Sara Sothern) in 1916 (top photo) and 1926 as The Little Spitfire Born Sara Viola Warmbrodt on August 21, 1896, she was the daughter of Samuel Warmbrodt, an émigré laundry manager who’d been trained as an engineer.

She had divorced Senator John Warner and shed all that weight that John Belushi lampooned on Saturday Night Live. ” — George Hamilton in Don’t Mind If I Do “She was a femme fatale. I was an homme fatale. We made a fatal combination. She told me she wanted to marry me, but she was still a struggling actress at the time. ” — Lana Turner “Elizabeth’s favorite pastime was celebrity gossip. Her definition of celebrity included royalty, world leaders, writers, artists, and musicians, and the occasional Greek billionaire.

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