Elizabeth Taylor: jewels weren’t her career, but they made her star sparkle even brighter.

Elizabeth Taylor jewels

Sotheby's has just auctioned off Elizabeth Taylor's treasure chest (no pun intended) of jewels.

The booty (sorry!) fetched $117 million, including a necklace that features a 16th Century pearl, La Peregrina, which  had was once painted by 17th Century Spanish artist Velazquez.

That alone sold for $11.8 million, which is a record for the gem.

Also on the auction block was the actress' infamous 33.19-carat diamond ring, which was given to her by her twice-spouse, actor Richard Burton.

Despite all her great movies — National Velvet, Giant, Splendor in the Grass, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf – here was a time in Elizabeth Taylor's life when she was better known for what she wore around her neck, or on her fingers and ears, than her acting.

Personally, I think that's a shame, because I think she was an arresting actress. When she was on the screen, everyone else (well, except Montgomery Clift or Richard Burton) disappeared into the background.

But she was an even better celebrity. In that stellar firmament, everyone's got a gimmick.

Hers sparkled.

Taylor put it this way: "I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it."

If only one of her earliest suitors, Howard Hughes, had known that. His way of courting was to wear down the prey-du-jour by offering a role in a movie at his studio RKO, cold hard cash–

Or jewels.

None of which worked with Taylor.

In fact, he stalked her to a gal pal's hideway in Palm Springs. There she was, soaking up the sun poolside when Hughes, piloting one of his helicopters, landed on the lawn. His greeting — to sprinkle her with diamonds — didn't get the result he wanted:

She ran away, giggling.

Smart girl.

I guess she meant it when she said, "I have a woman's body and a child's emotions."

Admit it, ladies: don't we all?

Watch the video, below, about Sotheby's auction…

 –Josie

 

Forget Celebrity Navel-Gazing: Now We Can Look at Jessica Simpson’s Ear Wax

JessicaSimpsonEarWaxHere's a new low in celebrity navel-gazing:

Watching the built-up wax dissolve from Jessica Simpson's ear.

Okay you've got to give the girl credit: she'll do anything to stay in the limelight.

Frankly, I wish she'd work on her singing career. She still has one, right?

Painters paint. Writers write. Singers sing.

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Case in point: Andree Belle is one little honey who is working HARD as a jazz vocalist. If you live in LA, you're lucky, because you can hear her most weekends at Nic's Martini Bar, in Beverly Hills. 

And guess what? Her song below, VARIETY PACK, will be showcased on the TV show BEVERLY HILLS 90210 on Tuesday March 30, 2010 The CW). Be sure to watch! You won't want to miss it!

In fact, here's just one sample of her music. If you like it, you can buy it online at CDBaby:

Andree Belle – Variety Pack .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

Full disclosure: I am blessed to have this sweet, beautiful songbird as my niece.

Now do your own thing,

—Josie

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