A high profile auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s estate provides a definitive moment to discuss the film icon’s life and work. Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin Fuller Professor of Film Studies, is featured on Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) and brings a historical perspective to Taylor’s body of work and her life as one of the last true movie stars.
More than 2,000 of Taylor’s items are being auctioned online.
“With Elizabeth Taylor, you’re operating at at a level of stardom, it’s cosmic really,” Basinger says in the show. “Whether anyone was a fan of hers or not, they would want something of hers, because she was the last of the great female movies stars, and she had a glamor that went so far beyond her movies, and her movies were more than enough, but that life, that beauty, that stardom, that celebrity, notoriety – just having an ash tray would be a good deal.”