What to Watch: Elizabeth Taylor Retrospectives and Marathons
In the wake of Elizabeth Taylor's death, TV Guide Network and others plan to honor the legendary actress.
Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79
An original one-hour special, Elizabeth Taylor: A Life, A Legacy, premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT with an encore airing Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/PT. It'll examine the professional and personal life of the Oscar-winning Hollywood icon with historical footage and exclusive interviews.
Elton John, Sharon Stone, Joan Rivers, as well as biographers Gianni Bozzacchi (Elizabeth Taylor: The Queen and I) and Ellis Amburn (The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor) talk about the two-time Oscar winner's career, marriages and charitable efforts for AIDS research.
Taylor's love life is remembered as well as her movie career. Twice married to Richard Burton, their romance was named No. 3 in TV Guide Network's special, Hollywood's Greatest Love Affairs of All Time, which will rebroadcast Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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At the same time, Piers Morgan Tonight will focus his hourlong CNN show on the Taylor, who died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at 79.
ABC News' Terry Moran will anchor a special edition of Nightline with Barbara Walters on Wednesday at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT. Walters, who interviewed Taylor five times, will look back at the 30-year relationship she had with the Hollywood icon. When Walters once asked her how she'd want her epitaph to read, Taylor replied: "Here lies Elizabeth. She hated being called Liz. But she lived."
On the syndicated Access Hollywood, Debbie Reynolds will talk with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about Taylor, whom she's considered a friend since they were both teenagers -- despite the love triangle among them and Reynolds' husband, Eddie Fisher. Reynolds says Taylor is "on to a better place" now and remembers her lovingly as someone who "had a swinging first part of her life" and went on to devote the latter part of her life to charity work. "She's in heaven and she's in a heavenly place and she's happy."
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The BIO Channel intends to premiere a two-hour profile Thursday, March 24 at 8/7c. The portrait will include interviews with lifelong friends and colleagues, including Roddy McDowall, Robert Wagner and Michael Jackson and will also feature film clips and photographs from those who knew her best.
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On Sunday, April 10, Turner Classic Movies will mark Taylor's career with a 24-hour marathon, beginning at 6 a.m. ET/PT. It will include both of Taylor's Oscar-winning performances, with BUtterfield 8 (1960) at 8 p.m. and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) at 10 p.m.
TCM's tribute will also feature Taylor in such memorable films as the family classics Lassie Come Home (1943) and National Velvet (1944); the delightful comedies Father of the Bride (1950) and Father's Little Dividend (1951); the historical epic Ivanhoe (1952); and the powerful dramas Giant (1956), Raintree County (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). Also included is the spy drama Conspirator (1949), Taylor's first adult role.