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Read this: Elizabeth Taylor in her own words; media training for lefty wonks

Elizabeth Taylor in "Suddenly Last Summer." (Columbia Pictures via Reuters)

By her mid-20s, she had been a screen goddess, teenage bride, mother, divorcee and widow. She endured near-death traumas, and many declared her a symbol of survival — with which she agreed. “I’ve been through it all, baby,” she once said. “I’m Mother Courage.”

“I’ve been able to wear plunging necklines since I was 14 years old, and ever since then, people have expected me to act as old as I look,” she said after her first divorce. “My troubles all started because I have a woman’s body and a child’s emotions.”

“Well, Mike is dead and I’m alive,” she said [on taking up with Eddie Fisher after death of husband Mike Todd]. “What do you expect me to do? Sleep alone?”

“You can call me Dame Elizabeth,” she told the media [after being honored by the queen]. “I’ve been a broad all my life. Now I’m a dame.”

(Updated, 10 p.m.: And don’t forget the years Taylor spent in D.C. with John Warner as a Senate spouse.) Also worth reading: Last year’s Vanity Fair story chronicling the Liz Taylor/Richard Burton love story, for which she shared his epic love letters. And a glorious gallery of Elizabeth Taylor photos.

In other news, Jason Horowitz profiles KNP Communications, the media-training team that whips lefty wonks into TV-ready shape to do combat on Fox News. We first met these fellows a few years ago, when we got them to analyze the body language of the 2008 Democratic candidates.

Elizabeth Taylor dies; screen legend was 79, 3/23/11

Media Matters boot camp preps liberal wonks, 3/23/11

Read earlier: At Debate, Nonverbal Cues May Speak Louder Than Words, 9/28/07


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