It is rare that a doll resembles who it is supposed represent, but in the case of Elizabeth Taylor, Mattel have certainly done the Hollywood icon justice. In fact, the toy giants have been praised for getting the superstar’s unusual eye colour correct, and pundits and Barbie collectors alike are gushing about the uncanny resemblance. It should not really come as any surprise, as the glamorous and caring Miss Taylor personally approved the faces of the dolls, after agreeing to a Barbie being made in her image.
There are two commemorative Elizabeth Taylor dolls on offer; the first is called Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds, named after the stars’ best selling fragrance of the same name. In this doll Miss Taylor is dressed in a beautiful, over the top, glamorous white dress, which is said to be inspired by costumes worn by the actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age. The doll is accompanied by an exquisite jewelry suite, starlet accouterments, and a mini bottle of the star’s own perfume. The White Diamonds Barbie costs $150 and is available to buy from www.barbiecollector.com, although a quick check today shows that the site has already sold out.
The second doll shows Miss Taylor in a vampish mood, wearing an iconic little black satin dress, with matching opera gloves and pumps, rhinestone brooch, bracelet and earrings. Her accessories include sunglasses and a tiny red ribbon near her shoulder represents her commitment to battling HIV/AIDS. This doll is also available from www.barbiecollector.com for $125 and you are limited to five dolls per order.
The dolls are the fourth and fifth in a line of commemorative Barbie Dolls that the star personally endorsed before her death in 2011. Elizabeth Taylor was probably best know for her tempestuous relationship with fellow actor Richard Burton, who she married twice. For over twenty years, the couple were showbiz royalty as they lived a truly jet set lifestyle, and lavished expensive gifts upon each other. They met on the set of the block busting film Cleopatra, where Taylor recalls one of their first meetings: “The first day I saw Richard on the Cleopatra set, there was a lot of hemming and hawing, and he said hello to Joe Mankiewicz and everyone. And then he sort of sidled over to me and said, “Has anybody ever told you that you’re a very pretty girl?” I said to myself, oy gevaldt, here’s the great lover, the great wit, the great intellectual of Wales, and he comes out with a line like that. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t wait to go back to the dressing room where all the girls were and tell them.”
It was estimated that at the time of her death, Elizabeth’s jewelry collection alone was worth over $150 million, and over her lifetime she owned some pretty special pieces, including the 33.19 carat Krupp Diamond, which she wore on a daily basis. She was a renowned and dedicated campaigner for many AIDS/HIV charities, and was one of the first celebrities to put her name to the AIDS campaigns when few acknowledged the disease. She is noted for helping to raise more than $200 million through her own charity The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
All pictures courtesy Mattel.