Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Elizabeth Taylor died today at 79 - the star who nearly became Catholic


Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor passed away today at the age of 79. While she had a chequered history with religions, she did consider becoming a Catholic, when she was preparing to marry Roman Catholic Nicky Hilton. Francis Taylor, Elizabeth’s American father didn’t agree with Elizabeth’s thoughts of converting to Rome. And before the wedding to Hilton, Elizabeth changed her mind upon learning that she’d have to sign an oath promising to bring her children up in the Church. She did have a Roman Catholic wedding to Hilton in 1950, which not only the celebrity wedding of the wedding, but set the tone and style for 1950’s superstar weddings. 
 She married Hilton at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, which was also known as 'Our Lady of the Cadillacs' because of the affluence of the parishioners. After Tridentine Mass, Nicky placed a $10,000 wedding band on Elizabeth’s finger, and they kissed so long that Monsignor Patrick J Concannon said to Elizabeth, “I think that’s long enough dear.”  I obtained these facts from reading Ellis Auburn's, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor.


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