Tomorrow is the first of two auctions consisting of Debbie Reynolds’ collection of classic Hollywood costumes and memorabilia.

Elizabeth’s costumes feature heavily in the auction. My friend Paul Murray was fortunate enough to attend a preview at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills and sent me these photographs to share with you all.

Thanks, Paul!

Two of Elizabeth's headdresses from "Cleopatra"

Elizabeth's sedan from "Cleopatra"

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Elizabeth and granddaughter Naomi Wilding in 2003. Naomi will accept a posthumous award for Elizabeth this evening.

Tonight Elizabeth will be posthumously honoured at the with Women In Film’s 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards’ Norma Zarky Award, presented by jeweler Pandora, for her pioneering work with HIV/AIDS.

Mikkel Berg, Executive Director of Marketing at Pandora, said in a statement, “We believe all women of the world are unique and precious. They live different lives in different cultures, and yet they are all fabulous in their own, individual ways. At Pandora we celebrate all these personalities and their unforgettable moments. All stories are worth sharing and honoring, and so is the story of the humanitarian work done by the late Elizabeth Taylor, which we are thrilled to be able to give tribute to, together with WIF.”

Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Naomi Wilding, will be on hand to accept the award.

 

Elizabeth Taylor was remembered at last night’s Tony Awards. She was included in the in memoriam segment along with other notable Broadway luminaries who passed away in the last year.

Elizabeth starred in two Broadway productions: The Little Foxes in 1981, and Private Lives with former husband Richard Burton two years later.

The Broadway community also honoured Elizabeth by dimming its lights after her death in March.

 

Elizabeth’s friend and veteran gossip columnist Liz Smith promised in today’s column a big Elizabeth scoop in her column soon!

I’m wondering what it could be… Perhaps details on the Christie’s auction or the memorial? A new book? A commemorative DVD set?

I guess time will tell!

 

Before her death in March 2011, Dame Elizabeth granted the venerable publication Architectural Digest access to photograph her beloved Bel Air home. The photographs appear in the July 2011 issue, and Elizabeth appropriately landed the cover.

For a preview of some of the photos used in the spread, click here.

The issue is on newsstands now.

 

"Nibbles and Me" by Elizabeth Taylor

On May 31, Nibbles and Me, a charming book Elizabeth wrote when she was a mere 14 years old, was reissued as an eBook by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

The description reads: “In 1946, Elizabeth Taylor — then fourteen and a major star at MGM — published a book about her pet chipmunk, Nibbles. With wit, charm, and remarkable skill, she related the adventures and mishaps of her high-spirited friend. She and Nibbles were virtually inseparable during the shooting of National Velvet and other films; in fact the chipmunk almost got to appear in Courage of Lassie — but he was so well behaved that he didn’t look real, and his scene was cut! Recounted here are such stories as the happiest birthday of her life, when she was given King Charles, the horse who was called The Pi in National Velvet, because only Elizabeth could ride him.”

The book is sure to inspire a new generation of young fans on a new technology! It can be downloaded now from your favourite eTailer.

For more information on Nibbles and Me, check out the page dedicated to the book here at the 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!