Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Jane Fonda on Elizabeth Taylor

Jane Fonda led the tributes pouring in from Taylor's celebrity friends. She said in a statement: 'Elizabeth, on every level, was a mensch. Kind, generous, brave.'

As for that use of mensch, Yiddish for a 'good soul' (but literally: a man or a nice human being), well

Maestro Zubin Mehta Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame
Mehta, who was the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for over a decade, called a "mensch" by Kirk Douglas

and Taylor's former husband, Eddie Fisher:

"Late last evening the world lost a true America icon," Fisher's family said in a statement released by publicist British Reece. "One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch."

And the headlines announcing the passing of Tony Curtis announced he was a mensch

I guess that's a Hollywood buzzword.

In her memory:

Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe are in the powder room, getting themsleves even more pretty and discussing the aspects of Judaism they appreciate as converts.

In walks Brigitte Bardot.

Liz turns to Marilyn and whispers: "sha, redd yiddish".

By the way:

In her book Elizabeth Takes Off, Taylor writes, "[Conversion to Judaism] had absolutely nothing to do with my past marriage to Mike [Todd] or my upcoming marriage to Eddie Fisher, both of whom were Jewish. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time."


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