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Happy 10th Anniversary, Elizabeth Taylor Archives!

This week, on June 8, the Elizabeth Taylor Archives celebrated its 10th anniversary online!

We began quite humbly on June 8, 2001 as the Elizabeth Taylor List, a discussion group dedicated to Dame Elizabeth Taylor on Yahoo! Groups. It was slow to get going. There was already another Yahoo! Group dedicated to Elizabeth, one that was quite active. Why I thought I could start from scratch and compete with that, I don’t know. But after awhile the owner of that group abandoned it.  It became inundated with spam, and quite quickly the members there sought refuge at the List and our popularity grew and grew.

In 2005 and I registered the domain name DameElizabethTaylor.com, and began building the site that you see here now. 2005 was a momentous year for me as my dream of seeing Dame Elizabeth Taylor in person finally came true. It was at the Britannia Awards on November 10, and not only did I get to see her in person, but I also got to say hello to her, which was a thrill beyond words! (Two years later, in 2007, I would have the thrill of seeing Dame Elizabeth perform in Love Letters, her first time acting onstage in nearly a quarter of a century. It was a charity performance to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation.)

In May 2008, after it was decided that we had outgrown our old home, we moved the e-mail discussion group format to a web based forum format, hosted here. We have grown immeasurably since then, and continue to do so.

This anniversary is a bittersweet celebration as we continue to mourn Dame Elizabeth, who passed away at the age of 79 on March 23, 2011. But my commitment to honour her life and legacy through this web site has only been strengthened. In the coming months I will be making a lot of positive changes to the web site. Stay tuned–there is a lot in store!

11 Comments

  1. JERILYN DARA BIFULCO wrote:

    Bravo Andy! Such a great idea to keep all news on our Dame Elizabeth on the site. Congratulations to you on ten years of exceptional work keeping Dame Elizabeth’s legacy thriving. “PASSION IS THE GATE TO THE SOUL.” Dame Elizabeth did everything in her life with PASSION & so do you Andy! I salute you!!

    Monday, June 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  2. Administrator wrote:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Jerilyn–they mean a great deal! I thought it would be a good idea to have all the news in one spot for posterity.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink
  3. vivian wrote:

    Andy, it is a really great idea. And not only for posterity for now too.. You find so many articles where Elizabeth is mentioned, but most are not pertinent at all.. Looking forward for really important news! :D

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 6:33 am | Permalink
  4. Andrew Batt wrote:

    Hi Administrator, I thought you would like to see my flickr tribute to Elizabeth with many great pics!http://www.flickr.com/photos/36940576@N04/sets/72157626458385085/

    I’m looking forward to following this blog.

    best

    Andrew

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  5. Administrator wrote:

    Hi Andrew (good name!) ;)

    Someone had posted your Flickr tribute on our Forum (http://dameelizabethtaylor.com/forum) You have a truly magnificent collection! There were a few that I hadn’t seen before which was such a treat!

    You should consider signing up for the Forum and discussing Dame Elizabeth with the fans…it really is a great group!

    Andy

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink
  6. Administrator wrote:

    I agree, Vivii! It’s so hard to wade through all of the articles, and I’m happy to do that here!

    Thanks so much for your support as always!

    xo

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink
  7. vivian wrote:

    Andy, you’re welcome! :D This site is absolutely fabulous!

    vivii

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink
  8. vivian wrote:

    How did you know it was me? Because of my grammar mistakes?

    vivi

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink
  9. Administrator wrote:

    Because of your e-mail address which I saw when I had to confirm the message! :) Your grammar is GREAT! :)

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
  10. vivian wrote:

    Thank you so much.. :D :oops: And say this to my teacher please. He’s always saying I invent a new grammar…. Don’t think so. I’m so lucky I can communicate in English with others, and they understand it.. :D :lol:

    vivii

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Permalink
  11. Andrew Batt wrote:

    Hi Andy,

    Our parents clearly had excellent taste in names :)

    I’ve now signed up to the forum. Glad you guys liked my flickr tribute; I’ve tried to keep it portrait based, with shoots Elizabeth did over the years with the worlds greatest photographers, supplemented with particularly good press pics,and portrait stills from the key movies; i’ve generally omitted stills that feature co-stars unless they are good friends, or in the case of Richard a husband :)

    best

    Andrew

    Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

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