Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day edition

Disabled ex-servicemen in a veterans hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama, assemble "Buddy Poppies" for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sale conducted nationally during the week preceding Memorial Day in 1947. Proceeds of the flowers  were used for welfare and relief activities. (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Photographs and Prints Division).

Elizabeth Taylor at home
Architectural Digest has published the spread about Taylor's Bel Air residence they were collaborating on when she died. In a corner of her living room are a Frans Hals portrait (her father was an art dealer), a David Hockney print, bronze horses sculpted by daughter Liza Todd Tivey, and an Andy Warhol silkscreen, a gift from the artist. "Children and grandchildren were given the run of the house," states the article, "as was a succession of dogs, cats, and birds. In recent years nearly every room was awash in blues and lavenders, shades echoing Taylor’s famous violet eyes. And if that chromatic scheme wasn’t in fashion, well, so be it. Elizabeth Taylor’s private world reflected no one better than the woman who lived there—authentic, unapologetic, and full of passion."

Those violet eyes and that stunning beauty and charm first came to filmgoers' attention in a big way with National Velvet. Thanks to celluloid, she'll be forever young, and forever with us.


  1. in the vein of interesting information, here is another article on memorial day!