Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Orpheum Pays Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood’s Last Major Movie Star

On Thursday evening, August 18th The Orpheum’s Summer Movie Series will pay tribute to Elizabeth Taylor by screening Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the 1958 American drama directed by Richard Brooks based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams.

Even with a stellar cast of Hollywood legends including Burl Ives and Paul Newman, it is Elizabeth Taylor who smokes up the big screen with her unforgettable and sultry portrayal of the desirable “Maggie the Cat."

To many, Elizabeth Taylor is considered one of the last, if not the last major movie star, to have come out of old Hollywood. Even at a young age and as a rising young actress in a not-so friendly studio controlled film industry, Elizabeth commanded the screen in family favorites such as National Velvet with fellow child actor Mickey Rooney and Father of the Bride with Hollywood heavy-hitter, Spencer Tracy.

Of course, Elizabeth’s star would continue to shine as she transitioned into more mature roles. With a name synonymous with beauty and a résumé nearly unparalleled by her contemporaries, Elizabeth cemented her iconic status by starring in films like Giant alongside James Dean, Cat on Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman, and A Place in the Sun. Both Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe won her an Oscar. The 1963 mega drama Cleopatra would even pair Taylor with future husband and fellow screen legend, Richard Burton.

All husbands aside, Elizabeth Taylor was and will always be the matriarch of Hollywood.

So join The Orpheum Theatre in celebrating the illustrious Liz Taylor. Wear your White Diamonds, purchase a Maggie the Cat (our vodka and Lemonade drink special), and toast to the mesmerizing woman with violet eyes whose life story often mirrored the passionate and compelling nature of her on screen personas.

 Cat on Hot Tin Roof starts at 7:15. Doors open at 6:15 for pre-movie fun.

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