"I have often have wondered what kind of a person I would be today if I did not have these enormous guilts — if everything had gone easily and I had not made such horrific mistakes. I think I would have been the most awful, pontifical goody two shoes. I was really so smug, so sweet, so good, so spoiled — so intolerant of anybody else’s downfall. But tragedy, mistakes, and shame for your mistakes cannot leave you untouched. All the superficial things that one gave so much value to before — money, luxury, indulging in whims — calamity makes them seem so incidental. I swear to God I’d be just as happy living with Richard and the kids in a shack. And I treat the happiness I have now with great respect, great appreciation, because I know how fragile and precarious it is — how easily it can go."
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)
Elizabeth Taylor and husband Mike Todd during their honeymoon in Acapulco, 1957.
Elizabeth Taylor in a test shot for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958
Elizabeth Taylor on the cover of Calling All Girls, June/July 1945
Elizabeth Taylor & kitty, 1946
Mike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor, C. late 1950’s
Elizabeth Taylor in Los Angeles, 1985. Photographed by Helmut Newton