Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

1932-2011

 Cleopatra (1963) Rated NR

The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who’s determined to hold on to the throne and seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power — but Caesar’s successor has other plans.

 Father of the Bride (1950) Rated NR

Spencer Tracy renders one of his most endearing roles as Stanley Banks, the befuddled title character in this charming comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli. Stanley gets caught up in the barely controlled mayhem surrounding his only daughter’s wedding. Class struggle, premarital jitters and a lot of grumpy comedy mark this as a classic film you shouldn’t miss.

 Little Women (1949) Rated NR

This 1949 screen version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel is packed with star power. Marmee March attempts to raise her four teenage daughters in a time of deprivation while her husband is away fighting in the Civil War. June Allyson is Jo, the tomboy bookworm; Margaret O’Brien plays the selfless Beth; Elizabeth Taylor portrays the artistic Amy; and Janet Leigh takes on the role of responsible Meg.

 National Velvet (1944) Rated G

Although it’s a vintage flick resurrected from Hollywood’s vaults, National Velvet is first-rate entertainment. Among its highlights are a young and beguiling Elizabeth Taylor as the horse-crazy Velvet Brown; Mickey Rooney as the peripatetic lad who coaches her to greatness; and a thrilling race finale as Taylor and her horse go undercover to compete in England’s famed Grand National Steeplechase race!

 The V.I.P.S (1963) Rated NR

This glossy drama set in London’s Heathrow Airport follows a handful of passengers whose lives are changed when fog delays all flights overnight. The script profiles a wife deserting her husband and a business person trying to thwart a hostile takeover. Other characters include a film producer fleeing exorbitant taxes and a dotty duchess.

Synopsis by Netflix.

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