“Here’s a girl on the big screen—bigger than life—idolized in thousands upon thousands of dark theaters all over the world by men and women, some who want to emulate her, some who love her, a fantasy, a dream. But she is so vulnerable that she could easily be hurt. Vulnerability is a counterpart of humility, and Elizabeth really was a humble person. That’s one of the things that made her a great star. One could ask, well, who could hurt Elizabeth Taylor? She has wealth, she’s affluent, she has men, she’s a power, a turret, a fortress. But she wasn’t, and the audience knew it. It came out of the screen, this vulnerability, and the audience reach out to her and wanted to protect her. That was Elizabeth.” — Richard Brooks

Elizabeth Taylor in The Sandpiper. (1965)


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