An Ode to a Grown-Ass Style Icon: '80s-Era Elizabeth Taylor

There are many beautiful pictures of young Elizabeth Taylor, who was perfectly formed for the fashions of the 1950s. But I am not here to talk about her retro style.

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You see, apparently, I saw the commercial for White Diamonds at a particularly impressionable moment in my childhood, because that's how she froze in my mind—as the kind of woman mature and confident enough to give away a goddamned diamond earring for no apparent reason if she felt so moved by the spirit. Such panache!

I mean, sure, your '70s-era Elizabeth Taylor is pretty great, too.

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But it's looking at her outfits from the 1980s that you can really tell that this was a woman who lived by her own fashion rules. Looking like a million bucks in something that looks like a sweatshirt despite not, upon closer inspection, being a sweatshirt but rather some silk concoction:

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Why NOT try strawberry blonde hair?

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Hell yes this is what you wear while testifying before a Senate subcommittee in 1986, telling them to find some damn money for AIDS research:

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Hi haters!

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Perfect in every way:

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Arriving at Cannes with George Hamilton looking like the Barbie everyone wanted to play with, not one of those other B-list Barbies:

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This perfume is called "Passion."

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Yet another Capitol Hill testimony for AIDS research. May we all be so balls-out as we barrel toward middle age.

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Photos via AP Images.

DISCUSSION

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You know how when you see an actor for the first time in whatever movie, and then for a while—if not forever—that's the role you associate them with? Oh, she was the _____ in _____! And how weird that is when it's a really shitty movie, but a hugely famous person?

Tragically, my introduction to Elizabeth Taylor, at the age of 8, was The Flintstones Movie.

Who are some timeless icons you first associated with shitty and/or weird movies?

(Still flawless, Liz)