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When Elizabeth Taylor Dazzled Boston

Posted by Doug Most  March 23, 2011 12:36 PM

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Elizabeth Taylor made a number of noteworthy visits to Boston. Here is a collection of some of photos from those visits.

taylor003.jpgBoston isn't exactly known for its red-carpet affairs, but on Friday night, April 8, 1983, it hosted the biggest star of them all. Taylor, who died today in Los Angeles at 79 (here is Globe movie critic Ty Burr's obituary), came to town with her former husband, twice removed, Richard Burton.

Globe photographers John Tlumacki and Jim Wilson got some terrific shots. And this was how reporter John Robinson described the event in the next day's Globe:

The aloof and cavalier poses that have been struck around town regarding the arrival in this colony of one Elizabeth Taylor all but evaporated last night as hundreds of Bostonians gathered in animated expectation in the Metropolitan Theater lobby to catch a glimpse of a true star.

"Who cares about Liz Taylor?" asked one Boston socialite earlier in the week."People just want to see how fat she is."

"I'm only going (to see "Private Lives," in which Miss Taylor and former husband twice removed, Richard Burton, are playing* because Friday is a benefit for the Met Center," purred another prominent Boston woman.

taylor002.jpgBut last night was strictly a red-carpet, high-fashion affair, replete with Kennedys (as in Joan Bennett), Whites (as in Mayor Kevin Hagan) and Galbraiths (as in John Kenneth).

The mayor presented Taylor and Burton with silver bowls in the lobby of the Met Center after the performance, which raised $30,000 for the theater.

"We can relax, enjoy and stare at our celebrities," said White after presenting the bowls. And, wrote Robinson, "stare the crowd did, shamelessly."

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New York Magazine wrote about Taylor, Burton, and the show "Private Lives," in this May 9, 1983 cover story.


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