Patt Morrison for February 7, 2012

Elizabeth Taylor – an “accidental feminist?”

Actors Elizabeth Taylor And Montgomery Clift

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Actors Elizabeth Taylor And Montgomery Clift Pose In An Old Still From The Film 'A Place In The Sun', 1951. The Film Tells The Story Of A Young Man And His Quest For A Place In High Society By Whatever Means Possible.

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Elizabeth Taylor in "Suddenly, Last Summer"

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Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

The Taming Of The Shrew Film Still

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Actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton kneel in a scene from the film 'The Taming of the Shrew' 1973 in Italy. The film, based on Shakespeare's play of the same name, tells the story of two sisters and their family's struggle to find husbands for them.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor Poses

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Actress Elizabeth Taylor Poses In USA, circ 1955. A Childhood Star After Her Appearance In 'National Velvet' At Twelve, Taylor Would Later Win Best Actress Oscars For 'BUtterfield 8' And 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?'

Elizabeth Taylor was many things: a child actress, an object of desire, a glamorous international superstar, and an anti-AIDS activist. Over the course of nearly sixty years, Taylor played women of all stripes, from haughty to naughty. It carried over into her personal life; she was married multiple times, and started an affair with costar Richard Burton while both were married to other people. When the Vatican accused her of “erotic vagrancy,” Taylor famously asked, “Can I sue the Pope?” Taylor’s decades-long renown for her offscreen life, and her roles from “National Velvet” – where she disguised herself as a boy to ride in a big horse race – to “A Place in the Sun,” which touched gingerly on the subject of abortion, prompted author M.G. Lord to dub Taylor “The Accidental Feminist.” Join Patt today to hear Lord discuss her conviction that Taylor was a feminist all along, hiding in plain sight.


Do you agree? What does feminism look like – and does that definition extend to Elizabeth Taylor?


M.G. Lord, author of “The Accidental Feminist”

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