Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Green Goddess’ Rolls Royce, Oscar Gown, and More Will Hit the Auction Block This Year

Kristine, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0
Kristine, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0

This year, items belonging to Academy Award-winning actress and style icon Elizabeth Taylor are hitting the auction circuit in a big way. Pieces from her estate will be available for bidding in not one but two separate events.

Guernsey's is hosting the first on August 6 in New York City’s Pierre Hotel, where Taylor lived with husband Eddie Fisher (after he left his previous wife, Debbie Reynolds). The collection includes Taylor’s 1960 Rolls Royce, nicknamed the “Green Goddess” for its color, which she purchased soon after her wedding to Fisher and kept even after she left him for Richard Burton. The two other items are from later in Taylor’s career: a pale pink satin evening clutch with a diamond rhinestone fringe designed by Christian Louboutin around 2000, and a Gianni Versace green silk evening dress with short sleeves and a front bow, which dates from the 1990s.

Elizabeth Taylor's green Rolls Royce
Guernsey's

Julien’s Auctions is collaborating with House of Taylor, the company who oversees Taylor’s estate for the second event, which takes place from December 6 through 8 at the Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills. The collection features pieces by practically every major designer—Dior, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and more—as well as an array of jewelry, wigs, art, and household items from her many residences across the world. Fashion highlights include Taylor’s pale blue Edith Head-designed evening gown from the 1974 Academy Awards, a leopard-print pantsuit worn in the 1970 film The Only Game in Town, a white floral caftan worn during a photo shoot with David Bowie, and a Versace leather biker jacket Taylor wore on The Johnny Carson Show. There are also Pratesi bathroom linens, Cartier napkin rings, monogrammed Stallion cowboy boots, and silk Persian rugs.

Elizabeth Taylor blue Oscar gown
Elizabeth Taylor's 1974 Academy Awards gown.
Julien's Auctions

Elizabeth Taylor's jacket
The jacket Taylor wore on The Johnny Carson Show.
Julien's Auctions

Before the December auction, the items will also be showcased on the Queen Mary 2, the Cunard ocean liner sailing from Southampton, UK on October 18 and arriving in New York City on October 25. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on select items from the collection.

In addition to her acclaimed performances in Hollywood classics like 1958’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1963’s Cleopatra, and 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Taylor was also known for her impressive seven husbands and a commitment to fighting the spread of AIDS—she founded The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

The items in both auctions reflect the spirit of Taylor, an icon who embodied the larger-than-life soul of Hollywood for more than half a century. “Taylor was a giant and the star of a lifetime who epitomized Hollywood glamour, beauty, and style in a way like no other celebrity ever had before and that we may never see again,” Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said in a statement.

HBO Is Offering Nearly 500 Hours of Free Content, From The Sopranos to Succession

Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun talk business and omelettes in Succession.
Matthew Macfadyen and Nicholas Braun talk business and omelettes in Succession.
Peter Kramer/HBO

If shelter-in-place orders have you burning through your streaming service selections, HBO might be able to help. The premium network has just announced nearly 500 hours of content will be made available for free beginning Friday, April 3. In a press release, the channel said that content would be unlocked via HBO NOW and HBO GO without a subscription. Viewers can expect a mix of HBO’s original series as well as documentaries and catalog movie titles. For original series, viewers can select these nine shows:

  1. Ballers
  2. Barry
  3. Silicon Valley
  4. Six Feet Under
  5. The Sopranos
  6. Succession
  7. True Blood
  8. Veep
  9. The Wire

Documentary and Docuseries titles include:

  1. The Apollo
  2. The Case Against Adnan Syed
  3. Elvis Presley: The Searcher
  4. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
  5. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
  6. Jane Fonda in Five Acts
  7. McMillion$
  8. True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
  9. United Skates
  10. We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest

Movies are from the Warner Bros. library and, unlike The Sopranos, are mostly family-friendly. They include:

  1. Arthur
  2. Arthur 2: On the Rocks
  3. Blinded By the Light
  4. The Bridges of Madison County
  5. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  6. Empire of the Sun
  7. Forget Paris
  8. Happy Feet Two
  9. Isn't It Romantic?
  10. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  11. Midnight Special
  12. My Dog Skip
  13. Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
  14. Pan
  15. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
  16. Red Riding Hood
  17. Smallfoot
  18. Storks
  19. Sucker Punch
  20. Unknown Title To Be Announced

The shows can be viewed directly without a sign-in on the HBO GO and HBO NOW websites or via their apps. (The services are nearly identical, but HBO GO is typically included with a cable subscription; HBO NOW is a standalone streaming service.) If you’d like to sample the full range of HBO series like Game of Thrones, The Outsider, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, the channel is offering a seven-day free trial.

According to the press release, the programming will be available to watch without subscribing through the end of April.

Which Fictional Character Are You? This Online Quiz Might Give You an Eerily Accurate Answer

Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is the unofficial king of witty side comments. Are you, too?
Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is the unofficial king of witty side comments. Are you, too?
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

While watching a TV show or movie, you might find yourself trying to draw parallels between you and a certain character you’d want to be. If you’re like many viewers, it’s probably one of the heroic ones—the handsome private investigator with a tortured past and an unerring moral compass or the fearless queen who builds her kingdom from nothing and defends it to the death, etc.

But which character would you actually be? Openpsychometrics.org, a site that develops personality tests, has a new online quiz that might give you an uncannily accurate answer. You’ll be confronted with a series of 28 questions that ask you to pinpoint where you fall between two traits on a percentage-based spectrum. For example, if you’re more playful than serious, slide the bar toward the word playful until you’ve reached your desired ratio. The ratio could be anything from 51 percent playful and 49 percent serious, to a full 100 percent playful and not a single iota of seriousness at all. Other spectrums include artistic versus scientific, dominant versus submissive, spiritual versus skeptical, and more.

Once you’ve completed the quiz, you’ll find out which fictional character your personality most closely matches from a database of around 500 television and film characters. To pinpoint the personalities of the characters themselves, the quiz creators asked survey participants to rate them on a series of traits, and those collective results are then compared to your own self-ratings.

If you scroll down below your top result, you’ll see an option to show your full match list, which will give you a much more comprehensive picture of what kind of character you’d be. My top two results—which, ironically, were the same as Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy’s—were The West Wing’s C.J. Cregg and Joey Lucas, suggesting that we both have a no-nonsense attitude, a perfectionist streak, and an apparent aptitude for national politics that (at least in our cases) will likely go unfulfilled.

The fictional twin of managing editor Jenn Wood, on the other hand, is Game of Thrones’s Tyrion Lannister, unofficial king of witty side comments and all-around fan favorite. This was not surprising. As runner-up, Jenn got her personal hero, Elizabeth Bennet, which, in her words “makes me feel better about myself.” (Jenn has Pride and Prejudice-themed “writing gloves,” which seems important to mention.)

Take the quiz here to find out just how much you have in common with your own personal (fictional) hero.

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