Thursday, March 24, 2011

ARRIVEDERCI, DIVA

Everyone loves a diva and the Italians, having invented the term, are no exception.  They particularly love dive who are beautiful, feisty and the stuff of which gossip columns are made, and violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor, who died yesterday, was all of those things.

In Sicily she is remembered with affection in Taormina, which she visited with Welsh actor Richard Burton, undoubtedly the love of her life, several times.  In 1967 Taylor was awarded, in the town's Greek Theatre, the David di Donatello for best foreign actress for her role in The Taming of the Shrew. She won the award again in 1972 for Zee and Co.    On another occasion she famously smashed a guitar over Burton's head in Taormina's Hotel San Domenico.


Taylor and Burton in Taormina
Image: Taormina Arte

Arrivederci, diva.  They don't make 'em like you any more.

Elizabeth Taylor, 27.2.1937 - 23.3.2011.

13 comments:

rosaria said...

She was a force.

RNSANE said...

She is eternal and will never be forgotten. I don't know how it is possible - because I never saw it -but I have been told several times, in different parts of the world - that I resembled her. What a compliment.

I didn't know she and Richard Burton were in Taormina. I have been there twice. How lovely that we walked the same streets. It is such a lovely place and I LOVE that marzipan store!

Leslie: said...

Such beauty for such a bawdy broad, as I understand she was. I stayed in that hotel and thought I'd died and gone to heaven! :D

Winchester whisperer said...

Smashed a guitar over his head - love it!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful tribute, Pat!

Taormina is so beautiful and romantic! I can see why Richard would bring Elizabeth there. She was such a beauty and did wonderful things for good causes later in life.

Thanks so much for your congratulations on the birth of my new grandson! We are very blessed.

Steve said...

She was a great actress and a fine lady.

Hi, Welshcakes, it has been a few years. How is Simone?

Steve in Germany

Patricia said...

Thank you so much for sharing those unknown Sicilian facts about Elizabeth Taylor. Love a feisty woman!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

She certainly was, Rosaria. Hi, Csarmen. I can see that resemblance! Yes, it's a lovely place. Hi, Leslie. Wow, fancy staying there! I can think of several men I'd like to do that too right now, WW. Thanks, Pat. Yes, I can see why they went there, too. Your grandson is lovely. Blimey, Steve! How nice to hear from you. How are you? Hi, Patricia. Me,too.

Steve said...

I'm fine, just getting older.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Wonderful tribute to an icon.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Aren't we all, Steve?! Thanks, LindyLouMac.

Ellee Seymour said...

They made such a dynamic duo.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Ellee. They did and it seems to me that they couldn't live without each other but couldn't live with each other, either.

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