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by Stephanie Earp, posted May 23rd 2011 2:30AM

Elizabeth Taylor Biography - Sunday May 29 8PM ET/PT, Biography

Taylor's death earlier this year reignited the public's fascination with the original movie star, the woman for whom the paparazzi was invented, and one half of the world's most famous love affair. Remembered more now for her violet eyes and fondness for enormous diamonds, this bio will remind viewers that Taylor was an Oscar-winning actress, stomped the boards on stage and always, always did things her way.

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Debbie Reynolds on Staying Friends With Elizabeth Taylor Despite Eddie Fisher Drama (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 8th 2011 5:05PM
Debbie Reynolds on 'The View'Debbie Reynolds has never been shy talking about her relationship with Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor, a trend that continued today on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC). For the uninitiated, Fisher divorced Reynolds to marry Taylor, but Reynolds said they remained friends. In fact, she sounded downright blasé about the whole thing.

"These things happen," said Reynolds. "Best friends should stick together."

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Kathy Ireland Recalls Special 'DWTS' Gift From Elizabeth Taylor (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 6th 2011 1:30PM
Kathy Ireland Recalls Special Gift From Elizabeth TaylorKathy Ireland recalled a special gift from the late Elizabeth Taylor on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated). The supermodel said she was set to premiere on season 9 of 'Dancing With the Stars' when Taylor surprised her with a beautiful designer gown.

"[Taylor] loved 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Ireland said. "There's that first night where you've got to get all dolled up and I didn't have anything to wear ... Without telling me, she went to Valentino and just picked out the most gorgeous gown, put the jewels together."

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Gem Experts Discuss Elizabeth Taylor's $150 Million, Cleopatra-Like Jewel Collection (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 25th 2011 6:20AM
Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie FisherOn 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN) gem experts John Block and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia discussed Elizabeth Taylor's $150 million jewelry collection, making the point that she was able to acquire almost all of it through gifts.

"Did Elizabeth Taylor ever buy jewelry herself, or was it always given to her by admiring men?" Morgan wondered.

Block answered that Taylor had told him the only time she had ever bought jewelry was during the Duchess of Windsor auction, when she bought only one piece of jewelery that she kept.

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Carol Burnett Recalls Elizabeth Taylor's Practical Joke on 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 24th 2011 4:45AM
Elizabeth Taylor on 'All My Children'As a longtime friend of Elizabeth Taylor's, Carol Burnett recalled her great sense of humor. Burnett, appearing on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), recounted a particular prank that Taylor played during live filming.

In 1983, Burnett appeared on 'All My Children.' During a scene with Eileen Herlie, "all of a sudden out of the blue, which was not in the script, there is somebody in the charwoman scrub-woman outfit" -- one of her characters from 'The Carol Burnett Show.' It was Taylor.

"I like how you don't break [character], but you look stunned," said Jay Leno before showing the clip.

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Carrie Fisher Remembers 'Double Date' With Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 23rd 2011 10:07PM
Actress and author Carrie Fisher became Elizabeth Taylor's step-daughter when Taylor married Fisher's father, singer Eddie Fisher. Although Taylor and Eddie Fisher divorced when Carrie Fisher was eight, she maintained a close relationship with Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79.

Reflecting upon her step-mom, Fisher told 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9PM ET on CNN) about a "double date" she went on with Taylor, Michael Jackson and Shirley MacLaine.

"No one noticed Shirley and I," Fisher quipped, after laying out one of the few scenarios in which she and MacLaine would be anonymous.

Like many of the luminaries Piers Morgan had on during the hour-long remembrance of Taylor, Fisher mentioned how kind and dedicated Taylor was to her friends, and spoke about the empathy the two-time Oscar Winner had for all those who were suffering.

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TCM Plans Elizabeth Taylor Tribute, 'Law & Order' Star Gets New Gig and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 23rd 2011 12:55PM
Elizabeth Taylor, CleopatraTurner Classic Movies is planning a tribute to honor the late Elizabeth Taylor.

On April 10, the channel will air back-to-back movies from the screen legend, including 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' 'Butterfield 8' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' beginning at 6AM.

Taylor died today from congestive heart failure. She was 79.

In other TV news ...

'Law & Order' star S. Epatha Merkerson is going from the law to medicine in a new CBS pilot. The actress will play the administrative assistant to Patrick Wilson's surgeon character. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Lauren Graham's Sarah Braverman will get yet another new love interest, this time played by Steven Weber. The actor has booked a guest spot on 'Parenthood''s season finale, with the potential to return next season. [TV Line]

Soon, Netflix subscribers won't be able to stream current seasons of Showtime series anymore. The network said it will still make past seasons and old shows available. [Deadline]

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Actress Elizabeth Taylor Has Died at Age 79

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 23rd 2011 9:40AM

Elizabeth Taylor has passed away, ABC News has confirmed.

The actress died from congestive heart failure. She was 79. In a statement, her son Michael Wilding said, "We will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world."

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James Franco Debuts On 'General Hospital': What Went Down (LIVE BLOG)

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 20th 2009 6:25PM
James FrancoAs we previously reported, James Franco made his big debut on 'General Hospital' this afternoon -- and we have the full scoop on what went down.

We already know that the movie star's run on the ABC soap opera is going to be loaded with surprises. For starters, although his debut was supposed to be today, regular 'GH' viewers noticed that the Golden Globe winner actually popped up on yesterday's episode (what would a soap be without twists?)

'GH' has done a great job of setting up Franco's introduction. From today's episode, we've gathered that his character, Franco, has photos of Claudia's dead body. Since A.J.'s Sonny's son Michael killed Claudia, the mobster is very interested in silencing the shutterbug/artist.

Read on for an analysis of Franco's official daytime debut.

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Movie star James Franco checking into General Hospital...for two months

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 1st 2009 2:43PM
James_FrancoIn the biggest casting shocker since Elizabeth Taylor appeared on General Hospital as Helena Cassadine, movie star James Franco is joining General Hospital for a couple of months as a mystery man who comes to Port Charles. Although not confirmed by the show, it's likely that Franco will be playing Vlad Cassadine, another member of that evil family that vexes the citizens of Port Chuck. His first airdate is November 20.

Why would Franco, who's busy with movies and has appeared in Spider-Man, The Pineapple Express, Milk and other hits, take a role on a daytime soap? There's no word from the actor yet, but it could be that they threw a lot of money at him. There's also the possibility that he's a soap opera fan and thought it would be a lark. Ummm, I'm thinking it's more likely the former.

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Genie Francis returns to General Hospital...again

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 11th 2008 6:23PM
Genie EmmyOne of the biggest stars of daytime is coming back to the tube. Genie Francis, the Emmy-award winning actress who created the role of Laura -- as in Luke and Laura -- will return to General Hospital on August 26 for a brief guest stint. This will be a very interesting return, too, because her last tenure on the show in 2007 was not only award-worthy, it also ended with her character resuming the catatonia in which she's been trapped for the past few years.

So how can she return to General Hospital? There's a hint in Genie's quotes to the Associated Press. "This is a short visit. It's a mother-daughter story. Years ago when I started playing the character as a 14-year-old girl, it was a mother-daughter story, only I was the daughter. So it's kinda cool this is full circle."

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General Hospital celebrates 45th anniversary

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 22nd 2008 11:32AM
GH logoHas it really been 45 years since General Hospital started broadcasting? Four decades + five years of medical machinations, legendary love stories, action and intrigue. Yes, yes, it's true, on April 1, ABC's General Hospital will celebrate 45 years on the air. Current executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, will cut the cake and members of the cast will blow out the candles, but we're the ones that probably should be smiling. Memories of the great years gone by are inevitable with any show that's run as long as GH. But there's something special about this ABC soap.


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