As I looked through the many beautiful images of Elizabeth at Movie Maidens, I remembered what my aunt always told me as a teenager and a young woman: "Youth has its beauty." In others words, regarding makeup (for me), a young woman is naturally beautiful and needs very little if any makeup (remember that things were different back then, at least in my world). I actually delayed serious makeup until my late 20s, if not my early 30s, because of these words. And maybe, just maybe subconsciously, I didn't choose a more youthful photograph of Elizabeth, because as a young woman, she was naturally stunning, even as a child. I chose a photo of her in her most beautiful seasoned years (again, to me), just as beautiful as the younger Elizabeth. From as far back as I can remember until her death, Elizabeth Taylor has always been beautiful--her physical features--but the more I think back on her life and her contributions to our society, the more beautiful she became (from the inside out).
On a lighter note, I've learned that I had two things in common with Elizabeth. First, I'm always late. My coworkers always teased me about being late to my job interview, and despite this fact I was hired. My manager would later joke that he hired me for my personality. Second, I've always said that I would be late to my own funeral. I recently learned that Dame Elizabeth made a similar statement. Both of us have/had a sense of humor, at least I would like to think so on my part.
There is even more. In the early 1970s I worked for an insurance company in a specialized department, and every time Elizabeth was hired for a new movie, the movie studio would purchase insurance on her. This is not unusual, but in the case of Dame Elizabeth, an extra step was taken. I would pull her file and accompany my supervisor upstairs a few floors above us where we would secure additional insurance on her from Lloyds of London through another insurance agent--umbrella insurance. So Dame Elizabeth I know you've had a a long journey, not all roses, but you weathered the storm with strength, grace, and class. Farewell to an all-around strong, beautiful woman.