Hearing of Liz Taylor's death saddened me, although I never met her, because I almost feel we grew up together, ever since "National Velvet" in 1944. Well, I was only 3 then, and she was 12, but I've always followed her illnesses and romantic adventures with interest. And I always thought she was intelligent (if not in her choice of husbands), honest and selflessly dedicated to the cause of eradicating AIDs.
I also vaguely remembered hearing that she had ESP and twice demanded to get off an airplane because she (correctly) believed it was going to crash. I just started googling to confirm that memory and found this quotation from an interview with her, but I wasn't able to ascertain when it took place or who was asking the questions. But here are her (alleged) words:
And she claims that during her various illnesses, she has already died four times--once when she saw Mike Todd waiting for her on the other side but he told her she must go back, because she had important work to do.
I suspect she's in heaven now surrounded by Mike Todd and Richard Burton and many other lovers.
Since I occasionally nominate women of a certain age as "crone of the week" for something remarkable or courageous or outrageous they've done, I hereby propose the late Elizabeth Taylor for "Crone of the Year.