The Malcontent apologizes profusely for helping feed speculation about the impending death of Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Instead, the 74-year-old screen legend turned up last night on Larry King, looking about as chipper as possible and certainly more lucid than she was at the 2001 Golden Globes.
The very much alive Taylor refuted rumors of her demise and partially dismissed reports of having "Alts-heimer's," although there were moments to make one wonder about the line between fact and fiction.
Normally I am impervious to Larry's sycophantic coddling of his guests, but I admit to a soft spot in my cold, brackish heart for the old broad. Six days before the 25th anniversary of the CDC report that is generally regarded as the start of the AIDS pandemic, she is still a driving force behind eradication of the disease. She was red ribbon before red ribbon was cool.
Taylor waxed nostaligic about many of her costars including Rock Hudson, whom she said would be out of the closet if he were alive today. Oh, and she peddled her jewelry. It's ugly as sin, but I might buy some anyway.
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