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West Hollywood to Name Street After Elizabeth Taylor?


Certainly a worthy idea:

According to Michelle Rex, interim deputy for Councilman John D'Amico, West Hollywood residents have been calling and writing City Hall, making that very suggestion.

Rex says there has yet to be a formal discussion about the proposal among city leaders, but the public's call for an Elizabeth Taylor Way is certainly legitimate.

Local HIV/AIDS activists told L.A. Weekly that Taylor was a major, early force in raising money and awareness to combat the deadly disease that was killing thousands and thousands of gay men.

News: David Beckham, Geraldine Ferraro, "Road Gay," Maryland

 road The first homesharing program for gays in the country opens at Chicago's Center on Halsted.

Ger road Geraldine Ferraro succumbs to cancer at the age of 75. 

 road Study claims that religion could go the way of the dodo in nine countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

 road Ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagen explains the definition of "road gay": "You're away from your wife and whatever, and I don't fuck around – but there are no women on the bus. All of a sudden, well, your bass player's got long black hair, he's wearing his little sister's pants, and out of the corner of your eye he looks like a hot chick. We call it 'road gay'. We don't actually act on it…"

 road Katie Couric could be out of the anchor desk at The CBS Evening News by June.

 road Radiation levels in seawater just off shore from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are 1,250 times higher than normal.

 road Story of the oldest NFL cheerleader (she joined the squad of the Cincinnati Bengals at 39) to get the Hollywood treatment.

Db  road David Beckham looking as fantastic as always.

 road Britney Spears performs a mini-concert (as in a three song set) in Las Vegas.

 road Bret Michaels sues the Tony Awards.

 road Man makes far-fetched claim that Parkinson’s disease drug turned him gay: "Didier Jambart, 52, started to expose himself on the Internet and seek sexual encounters with other men."

 road Maryland's Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act moves to the Senate: "The Maryland House of Delegates today passed the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act (HB 235), which would prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and credit. The measure passed 86 to 52."

 road Protests break out in the streets of London.

 road Elizabeth Taylor's millions might go to her manager.

 road Not everyone thinks that Earth Hour (which takes place tonight) is a good idea.

Watch: Joy Behar Hopes Fred Phelps Will Die Soon; WBC a No-Show at Elizabeth Taylor Funeral


Joy Behar speaks with Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Fred Phelps, who claims his father physically abuses the family, about the WBC's attacks on gays, and their plans to picket Elizabeth Taylor's funeral.

Says Behar: "There's a sickness to it. There's an obsessive quality to it that rings of mental illness to me."

Behar says she hopes the elder Phelps dies soon.


Incidentally, the WBC was a no-show to Taylor's funeral, which was held yesterday at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale:

Taylor_funeral Glendale Police Department officials said the department was asked to assist in security for the three dozen to four dozen family members and friends expected to attend the service because of the proximity of an elementary school. No details were given to the media about who attended the service.

Scotland Beavers, 47, left work early after reading posts on Facebook that suggested anti-gay protesters might be picketing. "We need to get there and try to block them," he said.

They had umbrellas ready if protesters showed up, but they never materialized.

Taylor was laid to rest near her good friend Michael Jackson. 

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Movies: Elizabeth Taylor, A True "Giant"

Liz holds court, a common occurrence.

...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

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By now you've read the obituaries, scoured the career appraisals, maybe you've put in a DVD, donated to her charity in lieu of flowers, wiped away a tear, or done something silly to commemorate her. Maybe you've just marvelled at how difficult it is to wrap one's head around the loss of a true Giant, capital and italics intended, and not just because that's one of the only titles in her filmography that doubles as an apt descriptor of its star. 

A friend of mine told me last month when she was dramatically hospitalized on Oscar weekend, that he'd been commissioned to write an obit (just in case). I actually felt bad for him. "You'll never be paid," I said, buying into her mythos wholeheartedly. "Liz survives everything." So her death on Wednesday morning still came as a shock. How many other 79 year olds seemed like they were going to live forever?

And here is the happy solace for those mourning the loss of true big screen immortals; they do live forever, albeit only in legacy and iconography.

ImnotlikeanyoneimmeLaurence Harvey and Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 (1960)

"You're just like all the rest, aren't you?"
"I'm not like anyone else. I'm me."

Truer words have rarely been spoken onscreen. More, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Shrine and Cocktail Honor Elizabeth Taylor at Her Favorite Gay Bar


Elizabeth Taylor was a frequent visitor to West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey in recent years, and the bar has set up a shrine in her name, and is planning a special this weekend, TMZ reports:

"We're told the bar's offering a special drink in Liz's memory this weekend ... and they're donating ALL the proceeds to Elizabeth's AIDS foundation. It's called the 'Blue Velvet Martini' -- which they picked in honor of her role in the 1944 hit 'National Velvet' -- and if you wanna try out their recipe ... it's made with Blue Angel vodka and blueberry schnapps. Sources at the bar tell TMZ, regulars have been adding to the shrine non-stop since Elizabeth passed -- sending flowers and gifts since yesterday morning."

Watch: amfAR Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor


amfAR posted a powerful tribute to Elizabeth Taylor on its website following her death this morning, highlighting her work as an AIDS activist over the years.

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They also released this statement:

"The board of trustees and staff of amfAR mourn the passing of our beloved Founding International Chairman, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Dame Elizabeth was without doubt one of the most inspirational figures in the fight against AIDS. She was among the first to speak out on behalf of people living with HIV when others reacted with fear and often outright hostility. For 25 years, Dame Elizabeth has been a passionate advocate of AIDS research, treatment and care. She has testified eloquently on Capitol Hill, while raising millions of dollars for amfAR. Dame Elizabeth’s compassion, radiance, and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by us all. She leaves a monumental legacy that has improved and extended millions of lives and will enrich countless more for generations to come."

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