When beauty fades


TAYLOR. Her wealth couldn’t hide her flaws.

Actresses like Hedy Lamarr, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor were so gorgeous in their heyday that they left viewers breathless!

Lamarr was famous in pre-war black and white films, and was once considered the most beautiful woman in the world. Taylor was breathtakingly lovely in films like “The Last Time I Saw Paris” and “Cleopatra.”

Gardner was known for movies like “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.” Her first husband was Mickey Rooney. Frank Sinatra loved Ava so much that he attempted suicide when she left him!

Then, one day, the screen beauties got old—they gained weight and looked ungainly in bathing suits. Indeed, beauty is never enough!

Widening girth

Gardner’s eyebags began to bulge out under her green orbs. She was supposed to have gotten them from nightly boozing and excessive sex. She continued acting despite her widening girth. She refused alimony from Rooney, but accepted “emergency” help from Sinatra.

Once she reached 40, Taylor went from fat to very fat, and hid from the public—who remembered her when she was still the most beautiful face on the silver screen!

She was supposed to have made a fortune in the course of her lengthy film career, and she had an impressive jewelry collection. But, she drank too much—and her dependence on pain killers greatly diminished her efficiency. She was well-off, but her wealth couldn’t hide her flaws!

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  • Mario Salinas

    Elizabeth Taylor reminds me of a once-great beauty, Amalia Fuentes.

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