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”