HER LIFE @ THE DAILY MAIL
WHEN I WAS A VERY LITTLE GIRL, I remember the first time I saw Hollywood's Queen Elizabeth. I thought her the most beautiful woman in the world, far more gorgeous than Marilyn Monroe. Like so many other girls of my time, I grew up watching her and learning vicariously what life was and wasn't about. My childish perception hoped, fantasized that anyone as beautiful as she would have an exceptionally happy, wealthy and comfortable life---like in so many of the Cinderella fairy tales I read endlessly. Wasn't that the way life was supposed to be?
Her prince charmings would come with great fanfare of glamor and expectation. Then they would go.I projected my fantasies of life and romance on hers. My childish, small-town mind couldn't comprehend why anyone so beautiful wouldn't, couldn't live happily ever after with just one prince, let alone eight!, as her off-screen love stories had one after another unhappy endings. She was in love with love.
I began to wonder if beauty and fame were all they were cracked up to be, and learned from watching this gorgeous movie star there are no guarantees in life--- against broken homelife, divorce, alcohol abuse, weight gain, aging and loneliness. Yet Queen Elizabeth reigned in Hollywood for decades as a true movie star/goddess who taught us both on screen and off that life is not always what it seems.
May Hollywood's Queen Elizabeth rest in peace.