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Dame Helen Mirren named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

January 18th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Meryl Streep
Dame Helen Mirren has been named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year 2014.
The 'Hitchcock' actress will be honored for her contributions to film by the prestigious university's undergraduate drama society in a ceremony at its Cambridge campus near Boston, Massachusetts on January 30.
The Oscar-winning star, 68, will be the subject of a roast before she is presented with her award at Farkas Hall.
Speaking about the accolade, the British actress said: "How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award. As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestat...

Weird Celebrity News: Colin Farrell Dated Liz Taylor, Simon Cowell's Dogs Get Therapy

December 21st, 2013 7:00pm EST
Colin Farrell
Weird and unusual things sometimes happen in the lives of celebrities. Here's a roundup of this week's strangest stories...

Irish actor Colin Farrell told Ellen DeGeneres he hasn’t had a romantic relationship since the death of Elizabeth Taylor.

The pair met while Farrell was waiting for the birth of his son and she was getting a heart stint. They wound becoming friends.

He explained, "It was kind of like the last -- it feels like in my head, not hers, I'm projecting -- but the last kind of romantic relationship I had. Which was never consummated."

The duo often called each other in the...

Colin Farrell: My Last Romantic Relationship Was With Elizabeth Taylor

December 17th, 2013 10:11am EST
Colin Farrell
Irish heart throb Colin Farrell says he hasn’t had a romantic relationship since the death of Elizabeth Taylor.

Farrell revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show he met Taylor’s manager at Cedars Sinai Hospital in 2009. Farrell was there for the birth of his youngest son and Taylor was having a stint placed in her heart.

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Farrell seized the once-in-a-lifetime chance, telling Ellen, "I said, 'Will you tell her I said hello? She probably won't know who I am,'" he recalled of running into her ma...

Colin Farrell opens up about 'romantic' relationship with Elizabeth Taylor

December 17th, 2013 3:10am EST
Colin Farrell
Actor Colin Farrell has revealed his close friendship with Elizabeth Taylor in the last few years of her life is the only recent "romantic relationship" he has had.

The Irish hunk struck up an unlikely relationship with the legendary movie star in 2009, when they both found themselves at Los Angeles hospital Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the same time.

Farrell, who was there to welcome the birth of his second son, Henry, found out Taylor was also in hospital to have heart surgery. He asked her manager to send his regards to Taylor and a few days later, he received flowers and a handwritt...

Colin Farrell's 'romance' with Elizabeth Taylor

December 16th, 2013 5:20pm EST
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell's "last romantic relationship" was with Elizabeth Taylor.
The 'Total Recall' star struck up an unlikely friendship with the screen legend - who died aged 79 in 2011 - after meeting her manager at hospital in 2009, when his youngest son, Henry, was being born and Elizabeth was there to get a stint in her heart.
They subsequently both sent each other flowers and their relationship blossomed from there.
Speaking to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Colin - who split from Henry's mother, Alicja Bachleda-Curuś in 2010 - said: "I got to have an audience with her, and that was the be...

Kim Kardashian Re-Creates Photo Of Elizabeth Taylor

December 10th, 2013 4:06pm EST
Kim Kardashian Instagram
Kim Kardashian’s newest Instagram photo is her latest attempt to emulate her idol Elizabeth Taylor.

In the black and white photo, offered a tribute to the late Taylor by wearing a towel around her hair and showing off a giant diamond. Of course, she was standing in front of the original photo by photographer Roddy McDowall.

The photo was given the caption “#MyIdol” by Kardashian.

Back in 2011, Kim interviewed Liz Taylor for Harper's Bazaar in what would be the screen legend’s final questionnaire. They chatted over several things, including (of course) diamonds. Kim teased, "You are my id...

Kim Kardashian is 'wonderful' says famed photographer

November 15th, 2013 6:20am EST
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian was more professional on set than real models, according to photographer Bruce Weber.
The famed lensman insists the 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' star was "wonderful" to work with and he chose to shoot her for the March cover issue of high fashion magazine DuJour because of her warm persona around staff on set.
Weber - who has snapped such icons as Cindy Crawford and the late Elizabeth Taylor - revealed that Kim is more favorable to work with than many other models and celebrities he has shot.
Being interviewed for 'Fashion Icons w/ Fern Mallis' on New York's prestigious...

June Reimer Springer dies

October 9th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Elizabeth Taylor
Singer June Reimer Springer has died at the age of 85.

The star passed away in Chico, California on 27 September (13). No further details of her death have been released.

Starting her professional career aged 18, the singer auditioned for famed composer Cole Porter and landed a role in the original run of Kiss Me, Kate.

After appearing in a string of Broadway productions, she began using the stage name Monica Lane in the 1950s and toured as part of a singing duo with Cass Franklin.

She went on to marry famed publicist John Springer, whose clients included Elizabeth Taylor and her on/o...

Richard Burton's daughter snubs latest biopic

July 31st, 2013 3:21am EDT
Richard Burton's daughter refused to watch Dominic West's recent portrayal of her famously fiery father, insisting she would rather the drama had not been made.

The Wire star plays the Welsh acting great alongside Helena Bonham Carter as his two-time wife Dame Elizabeth Taylor in BBC biopic Burton and Taylor, which aired to acclaim in the U.K. earlier this month (Jul13).

However, Scandal star Kate Burton has now insisted she has no plans to ever watch the TV movie.

She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are such great actors so I'm curious, but I don't thi...

Helena Bonham Carter Hired An Astrologer For Elizabeth Taylor Role

July 15th, 2013 11:35am EDT
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter consulted an astrologer before playing late Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor.

Tim Burton's wife steps into the British actresses' shoes in new British TV movie Burton & Taylor, opposite Dominic West as the star's on/off husband Richard Burton.  Carter admits she turned to a stargazing friend for some spiritual tips on how to portray Taylor.

Carter tells The Guardian, "I went to an astrologer... I've got a really good friend called Darby Costello. If I can't make a decision, I go to Darby and... she won't tell me what to do, but she can distill characters.

"She knew...

Doctor: 'I told promoters Michael Jackson was a drug addict in 1993'

July 8th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Michael Jackson
A doctor who once treated Michael Jackson for pain on tour has testified in court that he told an AEG Live executive that the King of Pop was a drug addict back in 1993.

Dr. Stuart Finklestein, who travelled the world with Jackson on his 1993 Dangerous tour, testified via a video deposition that he gave the singer a shot of Demerol and a 24-hour intravenous morphine drip while he was in Thailand with the Thriller star, and told his tour manager Paul Gongaware that his patient had drug issues.

In what was the 43rd day of the ongoing wrongful death trial, Dr. Finklestein, who is now an addi...

Photographic treasure trove heading for auction

June 6th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Paul Newman
Over 3,700 unpublished Marilyn Monroe images and a treasure trove of photos of movie icons Steve Mcqueen, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor are to go under the hammer at a Profiles in History auction in Los Angeles next month (Jul13).

Dubbed "the most important archive of iconic 20th century glamour and fashion photography" by auction house bosses, the Milton H. Greene collection will be sold with copyright on 27 July (13).

Greene was a prominent fashion photographer, whose work in the 1950s and '60s appeared in national publications including Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country and V...

First Image Of Helena Bonham Carter As Elizabeth Taylor - Do They Look Alike?

June 5th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Burton and Taylor
Check out Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West above, in character and on-again-off-again Hollywood couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Carter and West play the two in an upcoming 90-minute drama, "Burton and Taylor," airing this fall on BBC. It will follow the star's relationship as they appear in the 1983 play "Private Lives." The two would be playing essentially themselves in a story about two divorcees who discover they had rooms next to one another on their honeymoon with their new partners (Burton and Taylor had already divorced twice before starring in the play). The show w...

Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding gown up for auction

May 25th, 2013 8:30am EDT
Elizabeth Taylor
The wedding gown Elizabeth Taylor wore when she exchanged vows with her first husband Conrad Hilton, Jr. is set to go under the hammer next month.

The Cleopatra star, who was only 18 when she wed the hotel heir on 6 May, 1950, wore an oyster shell-coloured, floor-length satin gown, and now the special piece is to be auctioned off by Christie's in London on June 23, when it is expected to fetch upwards of $75,300.

The frock features an impossibly-thin 22-inch waist and was designed by Helen Rose, who also created Grace Kelly's wedding dress.

Unfortunately, the gorgeous gown didn't bring T...

Jessica Chastain dazzles Cannes with Elizabeth Taylor's jewels

May 21st, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Elizabeth Taylor
Jessica Chastain dazzled at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday ( 21May13) as she attended the 50th anniversary screening of Cleopatra wearing a diamond and sapphire Bulgari necklace once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.

The movie star hit the red carpet in a basic white Versace gown so as to highlight the priceless gems around her neck - a gift to Taylor from her then-lover and Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton, who fell in love with the screen beauty on the set.

Chastain still couldn't believe she had been chosen to model the great movie dame's jewels at Cannes, telling reporters, "I call them...

Jessica Chastain to host special Cleopatra screening

May 8th, 2013 9:47am EDT
Actress Jessica Chastain is teaming up with the children of Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to host a special screening of the Hollywood stars' classic Cleopatra at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in France.

Taylor's son Christopher Wilding and Burton's daughter Kate Burton will unveil a restored version of the film at the special event on 21 May (13) to mark Cleopatra's 50th anniversary.

Wilding, who often visited his mother on the set of the 1963 historical epic, says, "My mother would have been thrilled about this spectacular celebration of Cleopatra's anniversary."


Richard Burton Receives Posthumous Star On Walk Of Fame

March 3rd, 2013 8:07am EST
Elizabeth Taylor
Late movie legend Richard Burton was posthumously honored with the latest star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. 

His star was unveiled next to his ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor's (pictured) pavement plaque on Hollywood Boulevard. 

Burton, who died in 1984, received the career honour as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of movie classic Cleopatra, in which he co-starred with Taylor. 

The couple's adopted daughter, Maria Burton, accepted the star on her father's behalf on St. David's Day, which honours the patron saint of Burton's native Wales. 

Fellow Welshman Michael Sheen wa...

Helena Bonham Carter To Play Elizabeth Taylor On TV

February 12th, 2013 11:40am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
Lindsay Lohan's much maligned portrayal of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor is facing some stiff competition - Helena Bonham Carter is to tackle the role for a new U.K. TV drama. 

The embattled Mean Girls star's portrayal of Taylor in Lifetime's 2012 film Liz & Dick was savaged by critics, who were left far from impressed with her performance, and now BBC executives are hoping to show her how it's done after hiring Bonham Carter to play the Cleopatra star in a project titled Burton and Taylor. 

The Wire star Dominic West will portray Taylor's husband Richard Burton in the drama, which will ...

Lindsay Lohan Empathizes With Tabloid Target Elizabeth Taylor

September 30th, 2012 1:49pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan in Liz & Dick
Lindsay Lohan had no problem getting into character to play screen legend Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming TV movie Liz & Dick because she is all too familiar with life in the spotlight.

Even though the late movie icon was a two-time Oscar winner, the Mean Girls star insists her experiences as a tabloid spectacle made her perfect for the part.

In a new promotional video for the film, Lohan says, "I'm a huge Elizabeth Taylor fan, and I relate to her on a lot of levels - living in the public eye, dealing with the stress of what other people say, whether it's true or not.

"I personally understa...

Lindsay Lohan Channels Elizabeth Taylor In First 'Liz & Dick' Trailer

September 21st, 2012 1:16pm EDT
Liz & Dick
The first trailer for Lohan Lohan's Elizabeth Taylor biopic "Liz & Dick" has arrived! The much buzzed about made-for-television Lifetime movie trailer is just 30 seconds long, but it gives viewers a glimpse into how Lohan portrays the movie icon.

Word such as "Infamous," "Scandalous" and "Dangerous" scroll across the screen, and we first see LiLo as Liz by shouting, "You're screwing that witch!" and throwing something against the wall.

In the next scene, her co-star Grant Bowler (as Richard Burton), says, "God that woman knows how to make an entrance."

"They drink. They fight. They forni...

Elizabeth Taylor's 'Cleopatra' Dressing Room Trailer Vandalized

August 30th, 2012 6:31pm EDT
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor's dressing room trailer from the set of Cleopatra has been vandalized.

Taylor fan Angel Alger purchased the trailer for a whopping $50,000 at an auction in June and loaned it out to TV bosses shooting Lindsay Lohan's new Lifetime movie Liz & Dick.

However, when the pink luxury trailer was returned to Alger last month, the iconic home from home was severely damaged, with cigarette burns on the fabric and shards of glass thrown about from broken mirrors and dishes, according to photos obtained by CNN.com.

An antique rocking chair used by the actress was also missing, as...

Elizabeth Taylor's First Love Dies

July 23rd, 2012 10:52pm EDT
Elizabeth Taylor
William D. Pawley, Jr, Elizabeth Taylor's first true love, has died in Florida.

The 92 year old was the son of the former U.S. ambassador to Brazil and Peru, William Pawley.

Born in Georgia in 1920, he was 28 when he began romancing a teenage Taylor after a chance vacation meeting in Miami Beach.

The couple announced its engagement in June, 1949, but the relationship was over later that year and the actress had returned the diamond ring he had given her.

Taylor married Nicky Hilton a year later.

Pawley, Jr. died on July 10, according to reports. No further details about his death have ...

See Lindsay Lohan As Elizabeth Taylor In First Official 'Liz & Dick' Photo

June 5th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan in Liz & Dick
Lifetime just released an official screenshot of Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler playing Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the made-for-television movie "Liz & Dick."

We have to admit, the angle of the photograph definitely makes Lindsay look quite a bit like Liz.

Yesterday Lohan started shooting scenes for the biopic but it wasn't without a little trouble. While filming on a yacht, Lohan had a nipple slip during a fight scene.

Last month, Lifetime exec Nancy Dubuc explained how Lohan was perfect for the role. She told Access Hollywood, "Obviously, audiences love her and… she’s clear...

Lindsay Lohan Finds Her Richard Burton

May 26th, 2012 12:02pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lifetime Television has done the impossible. They've found an actor to star alongside Lindsay Lohan in their Elizabeth Taylor biopic -- Liz & Dick. The film, which will chart the couple's tumultuous relationship, is scheduled to begin production next month.

Last April it was announced that Lohan would headline the Lifetime made-for-TV movie. And now, they've announced her partner in crime -- Grant Bowler.

According to Deadline, "The biopic chronicles the enduring love of movie icons Taylor and Burton , whose fiery romance was the most notorious, publicized and celebrated love affair of ...

'Audiences Love' Lindsay Lohan, Says Lifetime Exec

May 11th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan attended A&E Network's 2012 Upfront event at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday wearing a black and gold lace dress. She pulled back her reddish blonde hair with a single bobby pin.

She stars in the upcoming film "Liz & Dick" about Elizabeth Taylor's relationship with Richard Burton. Lifetime exec Nancy Dubuc told Access Hollywood that the actress had no problem convincing the network she was perfect for the role.

"What she said just embodied the story of 'Liz & Dick,' and really you could see in her heart and in her mind that she wanted this and that she wanted a ...

Scarlett Johansson 'Terrified' To Return To Broadway In 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'

May 3rd, 2012 9:25am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is close to signing a deal to return to Broadway in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

The actress, who made her New York stage bow in A View From The Bridge in 2010 - and picked up a Tony Award for her performance, is slated to take on the role made famous by the late Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 movie adaptation of the play.

She tells Variety, "I'm close to making a deal on it. I cannot wait absolutely to get to it. I'm exhilarated, I'm terrified, but I think in a good way."

The actress' The Avengers co-star, Jeremy Renner, has also been linke...

Rosie O'Donnell Explains Her Lindsay Lohan Tirade

April 26th, 2012 8:29am EDT
Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell has defended her comments about Lindsay Lohan landing the part of Elizabeth Taylor, insisting she wants the star to be at her best before returning to work.

The outspoken TV host slammed Lifestyle network producers' decision to cast the Mean Girls actress as the late Hollywood icon, saying, "The last thing she did good (was when) she was 16. I don't think she's right for the role and I don't think she's capable at this point to portray that character."

Lohan responded to the criticism, insisting she was shocked to be on the receiving end of O'Donnell's rant, because she ...

Lindsay Lohan Responds To Rosie O'Donnell's 'Intrusive' Casting Criticism

April 25th, 2012 3:45pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan was taken aback by the harsh criticism leveled at her by Rosie O'Donnell over her casting as Elizabeth Taylor in a new TV movie - because the comedienne doesn't know her "at all".

The Mean Girls star was confirmed to portray the late movie legend in the Lifetime network project Liz & Dick on Monday, but not everyone welcomed the news.

Outspoken O'Donnell questioned the casting and suggested Lohan would be better served away from the spotlight after 18 months of legal issues and jail and rehab stints.

The former talk show host said, "I feel very sorry for her. I think she...

From Certain Angles Lindsay Lohan Looks Pretty Good At 'All Hollywood' Event

April 25th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is getting her life back on track after years of drug, alcohol and legal troubles. Last month her probation for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence was officially terminated. She's also working again - she starts filming a Lifetime movie about Elizabeth Taylor in June.

Last night the actress attended Star Magazine's All Hollywood at AV Nightclub in Hollywood. She looked pretty good in a short black dress with glittering sleeves. But it's all about the angles, and Lindsay looks flattering in some ways and not others.

See more photos of Lindsay looking good and n...

Rosie O'Donnell: 'Lindsay Lohan Can't Play Elizabeth Taylor'

April 24th, 2012 5:18pm EDT
Rosie O'Donnell
Outspoken star Rosie O'Donnell has slammed TV executives for casting Lindsay Lohan in the role of late legend Elizabeth Taylor, insisting the troubled actress is not "capable" of portraying the Hollywood great.

Speculation the Mean Girls star was set to play Taylor in the Lifetime TV movie Liz & Dick, about the icon's relationship with Richard Burton, has circled for months, and on Monday it was confirmed she has won the part.

The role comes as Lohan tries to rebuild her once glittering career after a series of run-ins with the law and stints in rehab - but O'Donnell is adamant the actr...

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