severusalways asked: Hi there. Hope you can clear something up for me. Was Montgomery Clift gay or bi?

Hi! :)

I’m by no means an expert on Montgomery Clift, but from the Elizabeth Taylor biographies I’ve read, he was homosexual. He had many boyfriends throughout his life (though I don’t recall of ever reading of his girlfriends), and even at the time of meeting Elizabeth Taylor, if I’m not mistaken? And while some biographies hint at Monty and Elizabeth having had romantic flings with each other in the past, I feel it was more of a brother/sister relationship.

- Tony | phoebe-tonkin



"She was special because she didn’t have a line cut between brain and mouth. That is, you asked her a question and she answered it. She was not fearful of public opinion and what it thought of her. She fought the battle for AIDS before Rock Hudson had AIDS. You know, there were even hollywood stars who wouldn’t talk to her and wouldn’t go to any of her rallies to try to raise money because they didn’t want to be associated with AIDS. And she stood up for it. She stood up for Michael Jackson in his darkest days, and his worst days. It matters not if you agreed with her, but it was her ability to be so forceful for so many things. And loyalty, which to me is the number one attribute a person could have, was her number one thing. If she was your friend, she was your friend. You can’t buy loyalty… and of course, there were her eyes- we’ll never see eyes like that again." -Larry King, on what made Elizabeth Taylor special.



Elizabeth Taylor photographed by Frank Worth on the set of Giant, 1955



Elizabeth Taylor dining at the Cannes Film Festival, photographed by William Lovelace, 1957.


"Barely a teenager, Elizabeth Taylor was already more beautiful and voluptuous than Miss America. When she arrived at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for our magazine shoot, I was bowled over. I couldn’t believe she was only fourteen. She filled out a swimsuit better than I did. We did the pictures, including one shot of me teaching her to float. With that superstructure of hers, she floated just fine. What she couldn’t do was sink." -Esther Williams



"The combination of their beauty was staggering. Elizabeth was hypnotically beautiful – almost embarrassingly so. She was a perfect, voluptuous little doll. And those great violet eyes fringed by double lashes. But there was an enigmatic power and magnetism behind her looks which gave her beauty – and his – a sultry depth. One could see her as a goddess, mother, seductress, wife. One could see him as prince, saint, and madman." -Diana Lynn



Elizabeth’s beauty doesn’t come from the shape of her face or nose or mouth of even those magnificent eyes, it comes from an inner strength and energy that very few people are blessed with. Also, a goodness and kindness that very few people are privileged or bother to see in her. They see the facade but not the remarkable woman inside. I’ve known her since she was just a teenager, and I really haven’t seen much change in the person herself except a growth in character. But she had always been the same person—true and real—and like all great beauties she becomes more so as she ages. She has had many battles to fight in her life and has won them with dignity and humanity. I admire her, and especially love her, because of her great love for animals and Michael Jackson. ― Ava Gardner

mccarobt asked: Hello! I'm trying to find the source for this quote ("she looked, in the words of the critic Richard Roud, dipping back into his high-school lexicon, ‘like a girl who would really put out and I mean really put out’.”) I've been searching at length and it seems that your page might have been the first to use it. Any help would be appreciated. Best Regards - Bob

Hi! :)

I found that quote from the novel Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor by Brenda Maddox. I can’t remember the exact page number, but the book’s chapters go in chronological order with her life- and that picture was taken when she was sixteen or seventeen, so it’d have to be around Chapter Four?

- Tony | phoebe-tonkin



Elizabeth Taylor getting her hair washed on the set of Ivanhoe, c. late 1951.