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Elizabeth Taylor's Obituary -- Outtakes From a Work in Progress

March 23, 2011 |  6:12 pm




 
 
  Nov. 27, 1957, Michael Todd, Elizabeth Taylor  
  Photograph by George R. Fry Jr./Los Angeles Times  

Nov. 27, 1957: Michael Todd and Elizabeth Taylor.



Elaine Woo has a nice post about writing the obituary on Elizabeth Taylor, including some items cut from the final piece:

Elizabeth Taylor's death Wednesday moved me in an odd way. Although I never met or spoke to her, I had a "relationship" with her that spanned a dozen years: Hers was the first advance obituary I ever wrote for The Times. The assignment, which I received in 1999, probably was precipitated by one of Taylor's nearly annual brushes with death. I read a mountain of articles and books over a three-month period before writing a lengthy piece. And nearly every year since then I updated the article, adding a worthwhile quote or details about her latest illness. I felt I had come to know her and, unlike many of my subjects, I liked her.





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