"The most astonishingly self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I had ever seen", so Richard Burton described Elizabeth Taylor.
To be as famous as Liz you have to be out of the ordinary, not just in looks but in life, in love and in the movies. Usually, you have to be dead, but I'm delighted to confirm that Elizabeth is that rare thing - a living legend.
And May looks set to be the month of all things Elizabeth, because on 16th May the Queen made her a Dame.
Taylor was 10 years old when she made her first film but it was with "National Velvet" that she hit the big time. She exuded a certain indescribable something, a quality that keeps your attention fixed for every second she's on screen.
By the time she was 24 she had already been in 26 films. From the romantic comedy "The Father Of The Bride" and the family drama "Little Women", to spectacular epics such as "Cleopatra" and "Giant", variety has been the spice of Taylor's career, that and a generous pinch of femme fatale. Katherine Hepburn once commented on the nature of stardom, "show me an actress who isn't a personality and I'll show you a woman who isn't a star." Taylor is living proof of Hepburn's wisdom - actress, personality and star in bucketloads.