(My drawing of a  forty year old concept  by artist Paul Rigby – even just copying it took me seven man-hours spread over seven days ! )

Elizabeth Taylor

Her fame spread far and wide upto the back alleys of Triplicane.

In playwright Crazy Mohan’s  ‘Marriage Made in Saloon’, a character is asked :

“Who’s your favourite actor ?”  , the reply is  “RICHARD BUTTON” (SIC)

“Who’s your favourite actress ?”  ,



She once supported the Biafran war effort entirely on her own funds.


When she first auditioned for a movie as a  nine year old, the studio’s casting director rejected her stating that “the kid has nothing … her eyes are too old, she doesn’t have the face of a child”.


On her   huge  love for  jewellery, she said “Big girls need big diamonds”


For her role as Cleopatra, she was paid what was an astronomical sum in those days, a million dollars.  (Her reaction) “If someone’s dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I’m certainly not dumb enough to turn it down.”


While filming Cleopatra in Italy in 1962, Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Welsh actor Richard Burton, although both of them were married.

The scandal caused Taylor and Burton to be condemned for “erotic vagrancy” by the Vatican, with calls also in the U.S. Congress to bar them from re-entering the country

Decades later, she said  “I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”


On her several marriages (eight to be exact), she quipped :

“I’ve only slept with the men I’ve been married to. How many women can make that claim?”

She married  Richard Burton in 1964. They were divorced for the first time in 1974…then remarried in 1975  and then again divorced in 1976.






  1. Thanks Hari ! ……. for the “detailed work” I mean – It was gruelling to even reproduce it – to put it mildly. But the end result makes you feel it was all worth it. Paul Rigby’s work – concept (Her’s / Theirs and the diamonds on manicured dainty fingers) and method of execution is amazing – R.I.P one of the greatest cartoonists of our teen times.

    I was gifted his book on cartooning when I was in my teens – it arrived by sea mail from Australia 🙂 HONEST !

    Suffice to say that I didnt do anything about it till now.


  2. Thanks SG ! Have to remind myself to be politically correct. Probably person-hours is good for starters 🙂

    Wondering if there is some sort of conversion table to woman-hours especially when in front of the dressing table before heading out to a party LOL


  3. Stupendous work, Ravishanker. My favorite part of this one was the male characters in her imagination…amazing! This is one of the most densely packed cartoons of yours.
    I also saw the Woody Allen one. A huge Allen favorite, I am…
    hilarious line that you’ve put in for that one (“…that I don’t exist!”)…his facial features are also amazingly done…
    My two fav Woody lines:
    “I would never belong to a club that would have someone like me for a member!” (Annie hall)
    “He said I reminded him of his wife who’s dead. But I assume he meant when she was alive.” (Small time crooks)

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    • Ram Murali : Believe it or not while doing this I did think “knowing how Ram likes movie posters he’ll take a print of this one” . Just reproducing Paul Rigby s work is excruciating but the end result leaves you with a runner’s high.

      Ha ha didnt know THOSE Woody lines ! Too good. Wish I could go back to college days when I watched ‘Annie Hall’ at the awesome basement theatre at the Madras US Consulate


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