We remember John Wayne in the saddle, Brigitte Bardot on the sand—and as for Elizabeth Taylor, we’ll remember her on a bed, writes Tim Robey in the Telegraph. Somehow, she managed to sprawl over soft furniture in “most of her key roles,” he notes. “One suspects she felt most comfortable acting when not having to stand.” She took on poses of “seduction, wailing decrepitude, or occasionally both.”
The poster for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features the famous shot of her perched in bed in a white slip. Suddenly, Last Summer’s poster shows her curled up against a pillow. “Cleopatra is virtually a Bed, Bath and Beyond tour of her Alexandrian palace.” She’s in bed in the first scene of Butterfield 8, and in Secret Ceremony she’s constantly lying down in the daytime. She rests “never to wake up” in The Mirror Crack’d. And she’s in bed for pretty much the entire show in Sweet Bird of Youth, her "final substantial performance, discounting The Flintstones as we must."