Well in case you are the one person who hasn’t used the internet today we are sad to inform you that the great Elizabeth Taylor passed away early this morning at the age of 79. Elizabeth Taylor, the last great actress of the silver age, most known for her roles in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant and Cleopatra and whom Jerry Jones once called “the pick of the litter” has left earth and is now reunited with her good friend Michael Jackson and her multiple marriages.
After reading her filmography I realized I have seen very few of her movies. I have seen Ivanhoe and Cleopatra, and apparently she was in the long Civil War TV series North and South, but at the time I watched it I didn’t know who she was. ( I was 10 or so!) Still I always heard her name mentioned in revered tones of adoration and few women are so iconic of Hollywood. She is up there with great like Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart. So here’s to you Elizabeth Taylor, who graced us with your presence on and off the screen, gone but never forgotten.
On a less famous note, but infinitely geeker, Michael Gough passed away last week. Who is Michael Gough you ask? Well he is none other then Batman’s famed butler Alfred from the Batman movies that haunted us in the early 1990’s. Here is a secret I loved about Michael Gough, he is one of the single greatest celebrity movie links in the history of film. So if you ever play the game where you name two celebrities and connect them by film (like the Kevin Bacon game.) then Michael Gough is your best friend. He was in every Batman movie and think about how many stars where in those! (Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman – seriously, the list goes on and on) all you have to do is link to a Batman movie and Michael Gough does the rest. It’s magic.
So our beloved Alfred, thanks for taking care of Batman and keeping things tidy, even if Batman and Robin sucked.