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Maggie the Panther: Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor

Lindsay Lohan Elizabeth Taylor movie Liz & Dick
Lindsay Lohan / Elizabeth Taylor

Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick. Lohan, 26 next July 2, plays Elizabeth Taylor (apparently) at about the time she met Richard Burton in the early ’60s. (Though the Lohan/Taylor picture above looks like something out Richard Brooks’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Lohan as Maggie the Panther.) Grant Bowler, best known for True Blood and the box office and critical cataclysm Atlas Shrugged: Part I, plays Richard Burton.

The make-up job looks quite impressive, helping to transform Lohan into Taylor. We’ll see — or rather, hear — if Lohan is able to reproduce Taylor’s tones as well.

A tabloid queen in her heyday, Elizabeth Taylor won two Best Actress Academy Awards: Daniel Mann’s Butterfield 8, 1960; Mike NicholsWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966. Taylor was nominated three other times: Edward Dmytryk’s Raintree County, 1957; Brooks’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958; and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Suddenly Last Summer, 1959.

Lindsay Lohan hasn’t been nominated for any Oscars yet, but Lohan won an MTV Movie Award for her performance in the 2004 hit Mean Girls. Additionally, Lohan is a Gotham Award and SAG Award nominee as part of the ensembles in, respectively, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion and Emilio Estevez’s Bobby.

Directed by Lloyd Kramer (the TV movie David and Lisa) and written by Christopher Monger (Just Like a Woman / The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain), Liz & Dick airs in October 2012. Also in the Liz & Dick cast: David Hunt, Tanya Franks (as Sybil Burton, Richard Burton’s wife at the time of Cleopatra), Massi Furland, Taylor Gerard Hart, and Henri Hereford.

Elizabeth Taylor tried to stop Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story

In Kevin Connor’s 1995 TV movie Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story, Sherilyn Fenn played Elizabeth Taylor. Nigel Havers was husband no. 2, British actor Michael Wilding; William McNamara was Montgomery Clift; Angus Macfadyen was Richard Burton; Corey Parker was Eddie Fisher; Katherine Helmond was Hedda Hopper; Daniel McVicar was Rock Hudson; Ray Wise was husband no. 3, Michael Todd; Judith Jones was Debbie Reynolds; Eric Gustavson was husband no. 1, Nicky Hilton; Patricia North was Richard Burton’s then-wife Sybil Burton; and Kevin McCarthy was producer Sol Siegel. At the time, Taylor unsuccessfully sued to prevent the showing of Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story.

Not that long ago, Catherine Zeta-Jones was to have played Elizabeth Taylor in a Montgomery Clift biopic. Zeta-Jones looks as much like Taylor as, say, My Week with Marilyn’s Julia Ormond looks like Vivien Leigh. (I think Jennifer Connelly would’ve been a better choice for either Taylor or Leigh.) But then again, if Michelle Williams could be transformed into Marilyn Monroe, anything is possible. (This is no putdown on Williams, who is remarkable in her own way.)

Now, is Lesley-Anne Down available to play Elizabeth Taylor in her later years? Or maybe Elizabeth McGovern?

Liz & Dick’s Lindsay Lohan / Elizabeth Taylor picture: Lifetime.

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