Short Description.
First it was funny, then annoying and confusing, now it has become a part of her life. For plus-size model Elizabeth Taylor, having the same name as the one time 'most famous woman in the world" came with trials and tribulations. This is her story.

Story:
" I remember being a little girl and having adults bend down and say. Oh Elizabeth Taylor. Where is Richard Burton. So from a very young age I always wondered who this character Richard Burton was."

When Elizabeth Claire Taylor grew up she was obviously aware of her famous namesake. First it was funny, then annoying and confusing. She tried changing her name to Elizabeth Bennett, adopting the name from the street on which she had grown up in Long Beach, California. But then she changed her mind and embraced her name, taking the stage with a one woman homage to the original Elizabeth Taylor, "Finding Elizabeth Taylor". Talking about her struggle with weight, body image and romantic issues a deeper connection with the other Elizabeth becomes apparent.

"I share a passion for sex, and men and sensuality, which has come older in my life. I share a passion for jewelry and glam, and making an entrance and also with activism and that's Elizabeth Taylor's great legacy to me."

HEAD: Finding Elizabeth Taylor.
SUBHEAD: Everybody wants to be famous. Sometimes a name is all it takes.

TRANSCRIPT:
SCRIPT ELIZABETH FINAL CUT

OLD INTERVIEW ELIZABETH TAYLOR
-Interviewer: Was there ever a time you weren't famous? Can you remember a time?
Elizabeth: Well I'm sort of famous since I was nine.

ELIZABETH CLAIRE TAYLOR/YOUTH
Well, I remember being a little girl and having adults bend down and say. Oh Elizabeth Taylor. Where is Richard Burton. So from a very young age I always wondered who this character Richard Burton was.

I remember my name and the word fat. I been in line in the grocery store and you are a kid right. So I level there are the magazines…and there is Elizabeth Taylor and fat.

Food like for a lot of people was a reward for her self was an escape.

So by the time she was in her 20's and 30's she would gain 20 pounds, loose 20 pounds

OLD INTERVIEW ELIZABETH TAYLOR
-Elizabeth: There was a lot of self-pity involved. Like poor Elizabeth, let's have a little reward there. And it would be chocolate, ice cream and hot fudge.

ELIZABETH CLAIRE TAYLOR/DRAMA SCHOOL-WEIGHT PROBLEM

By the time I was in drama school and struggling with body image and my weight and so…I was like. I'm certainly not going to be named Elizabeth Taylor,

I was in the finest drama classes and I'm sitting in my class, thinking how many calories go in a hard-boiled egg. And if I go out for a beer will it be a light beer. Can I have two light beers? It's like. Oh yeah I'm ready for my scene.
At this point it's like. The gig was up. I had embarrassed my self in front of friends, I had cried in front of my family, I had binged in a cupboard in the middle of the night, at a friend's houses…and I was like. Who am I?

OLD INTERVIEW ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Finally after having a really long talk with myself I was like. Who am I really punishing?
It's the way I look, that's my affair.

THE NEW ELIZABETH - THEATER

So, I guess from that moment on I was like...Not like 'let's fight it' but more like 'let's see. And that's when I started modeling and people where like…oh Elizabeth Taylor. And it became a thing and it was just gong ho from there about embracing it.

NEWSFLASH
Unfortunately we have just confirmed that Elizabeth Taylor died. She died in the early morning from congestive heart failure.

I woke up and there was a text from my best friends: Elizabeth Taylor just died. And it was raining that day. It hailed that day. And I'm talking to my parents and people are texting me like I had died.

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Links:
Website from Elizabeth Claire Taylor.
findingelizabethtaylor.com/

Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor.
startribune.com/lifestyle/style/118496589.html?refer=y

Elizabeth Taylor talks about weight problems.
youtube.com/watch?v=OawW9VSzJDI

Behind the scenes:
Kill your darlings. That's one of the hardest lessons in video storytelling. Originally I wanted to use the beautiful 'Who's afraid of Virgina Woolf' theme music by Alex North. It had all the elements I wanted, some melancholy, the connection with Elizabeth Taylor, the acting bit...but then I showed it to some people and they wondered where I had found that quirky elevator/shopping channel music. First I didn't want to give in but then I didn't get a reply back from ascap in time so I saw that as the ultimate sign to start looking for a good alternative. I landed with this sparse and beautiful compositions with a strikingly cinematic quality from Peter Rudenko. Here's his website: alonetone.com/author

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