Pop Culture Musing for a Wednesday 3/23/11

A Taylor Moment: In another time, the passing of screen ______ (fill in the blank, as “legend” is so terribly overused, and small in this case), Elizabeth Taylor, at 79, would have been a wall-to-wall event on the cable-news-net planet. Watching the coverage on MSNBC this morning, stories like “Ways to Improve Memory” seemed just as important. Changing world, changing demographics. For me, the iconic Taylor image is at the end of 1951’s A Place in the Sun, as she appears in slow-motion memory in Montgomery Clift’s mind as he’s being led to his execution. Ethereally beautiful and elusive, the ultimate unattainable goddess fantasy. Freeze the frame, now forever.


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