Yes, the passing of Elizabeth Taylor is a sad event; as Roger Ebert wrote her passing marks the end of an era, the last of the hollywood glamour queens. Volatility seemed to characterize not only the roles for which she was most famous but also the men she was drawn to in her personal life; the irregulars, the odd weaves. The Burton/Fisher marriages were prime fodder for gossip columnists and tabloids while, later in life, her connection with Rock Hudson and Michael Jackson became grist for the celebrity focused media. No actress, past or present, can match Liz Taylor’s ability to bring fire and pathos to the role of Martha in Virgina Woolf, elicit Maggie’s sultry fire in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof or explode Kate’s power in Shrew and still be seen as the quiet symbol of elegance and beauty. She was one of a kind.