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6 items from 2006


Gere Urges Media To Help Fight AIDS

16 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winner Richard Gere told an AIDS conference on Monday that the international media should lead the fight to conquer the disease. The Pretty Woman actor, a long-standing AIDS activist, was speaking to media moguls from South Africa, India, Russia and the Caribbean. Gere believes the media, from Bollywood through to each country's TV shows, can help filter the anti-AIDS message into homes around the world. He told the conference he was inspired by Rock Hudson, who died of the disease in 1985, and Elizabeth Taylor, one of the first A-list stars to campaign against AIDS. Speaking about Taylor, Gere said, "There was another cultural icon, who just cut to the centre of the culture very quickly, very directly. And I think it was in many ways an inspiration to me. What I would do later on is work with people who had that ability to cut through very quickly and very deeply into the heart of a culture." »

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Taylor's Nose Job Exposed in New Biography

10 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie legend Elizabeth Taylor's plastic surgery secrets are set to be exposed in a new book written by her pal Michael Jackson's celebrated biographer. Author J. Randy Taraborrelli is revealing all about Taylor's remarkable life in in-depth tome Elizabeth, but it's claims the acting great had a nose job in her 20s that will shock many fans. Taraborrelli says, "She had her first plastic surgery when MGM (studio bosses) deemed her nose was too thick." The writer claims Taylor's nose job was performed by the surgeon who worked on Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe. Taraborrelli also explores the details of the 74-year-old Hollywood icon's eight marriages and reveals her father was an alcoholic, who was possibly gay. »

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Taylor: "I've Shared Jackson's Bed"

2 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor once shared a bed with Michael Jackson and his nephews, but there was "nothing odd about it." The Cleopatra star watched Walt Disney cartoons with Bad star Jackson and his young relatives while all were lying in bed. But Taylor, 74, insists the singer's love of kids is completely innocent. She says, "I've been there when his young nephews were there and we were all in the bed watching television - there was nothing abnormal about it. There was no touchy-feely going on. We laughed like children and we watched a lot of Walt Disney. There was nothing odd about it." »

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Taylor Blasts Dying Stories

1 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dame Elizabeth Taylor blasted reports she's close to death and suffering from memory stealing Alzheimer's Disease in her first TV interview for three years on Tuesday night. The movie veteran appeared lucid and alert on CNN chat show Larry King Live to promote her new jewelry line, House Of Taylor, and debunk rumors she's almost dead. Lashing out at US tabloids who consistently report Taylor is dying, the actress said, "Am I dead? Am I alive...? Come on, do I look like I'm dying? Do I look like, or sound like, I have Alzheimer's? They (tabloids) have nothing else dirty to write about anybody else. That's all I can think of. They won't let me retire and I don't want to retire because I'm opening a jewelry launch (sic) tomorrow in Las Vegas at the jewelry show... and I'm very busy." Taylor can't believe friends are telling the tabloids the false stories about her failing health. She adds, "Do you think any friends of mine would say things like that (and) I don't believe I have enemies. I think they're (tabloids) trying to sell magazines... They've never sold a clean story. Some audiences out there... likes scandal; they like filth." But wheelchair-bound Taylor admits she is in agony due to her crooked back: "My back has been chronically bad since I was a teenager. I was born with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and osteoporosis." »

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Taylor To Reveal "Secrets" to Larry King

26 May 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ailing movie legend and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf star Elizabeth Taylor has agreed to sit down for what is expected to be one of her final TV interviews with pal Larry King next week. The reclusive actress-turned-AIDS activist, 74, has been dogged by tabloid stories she's close to death, planning her funeral and riddled with memory-crippling disease Alzheimer's for weeks, despite her publicists' insistence that she's well. On King's CNN website, he teases, "Liz Taylor has lots of secrets to spill. Find out what they are when the legend sits down with Larry." »

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Shelley Winters: 1920-2006

14 January 2006 | IMDb News

Actress Shelley Winters, the larger-than-life movie star who became one of only two women to win two Best Supporting Actress Oscars, died Saturday in Beverly Hills; she was 85. The actress died of heart failure early Saturday morning, following hospitalization at the Rehabilitation Center in Beverly Hills after suffering a heart attack in October. A woman with a zest for living and a loud, brassy attitude to match her appetites, Winters was born Shirley Schrift in East St. Louis, IL, and started her career as a chorus girl before moving on to stage parts in New York; she would later study at the legendary Actors Studio under Lee Strasberg. Signed to a contract with Columbia in the 40s, the actress received her new name and a number of unmemorable, and mostly uncredited, supporting parts before returning to Broadway. She was lured back to Hollywood, though, by Universal, which transformed her into a stunning blonde bombshell, and her first memorable role was opposite Oscar winner Ronald Colman in A Double Life. Her reputation as an actress was cemented with her amazing performance in 1951's A Place in the Sun alongside Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor; her heart-wrenching role, which forced her to tone down her glamorous image, earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and put her on the Hollywood map. Other films in the 50s included the classic The Night of the Hunter, I Am a Camera, and Executive Suite. She capped the decade with The Diary of Anne Frank, and her turn as Mrs. Van Daan won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, which she later donated to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. As Winters' fame in movies grew, so did her reputation as a life-loving, outspoken, lustful, political, provocative woman. Her romances were as legendary as any male star of the era, and she counted William Holden, Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Sean Connery, Sterling Hayden and Errol Flynn among her conquests. She was married three times, first to businessman Paul Meyer, then to actors Vittorio Gassman (with whom she had a daughter) and Anthony Franciosa; both marriages to the Italian actors were notoriously volatile. In 1962, Winters played the mother of the nymphet Lolita in the Stanley Kubrick film, a turning point at which her performances would become broader and more outrageous. She won her second Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1965's A Patch of Blue, and her hateful role as the mother of a blind woman was in stark contrast to her previous Oscar-winning performance. (Aside from Winters, the only other actress to win two Best Supporting Actress Oscars is Dianne Wiest.) Winters also appeared in Alfie, Harper, and A House is Not a Home in the 60s, and the 70s brought on such movies as Bloody Mama, Who Slew Auntie Roo and Cleopatra Jones, though her sentimental and winning performance in The Poseidon Adventure, as an overweight woman whose swimming talents help lead her fellow passengers to safety, received yet another Oscar nomination. (Winters gained 30 pounds for the role, which she often commented she never lost again.) Talk show appearances, TV films and lesser-known movies dotted the rest of her career, though she made memorable appearances in S.O.B. and The Portrait of a Lady, and had a recurring role on the sitcom Roseanne as the star's overbearing grandmother. Winters also wrote two best-selling autobiographies, Shelley: Also Known as Shirley and Shelley II: The Middle of My Century. She is survived by her daughter, Vittoria, two grandchildren, and her longtime companion, Jerry DeFord. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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