Cleopatra Barbie - Elizabeth Taylor
The World's Most Expensive Movie Ever Produced
The World's Most Beautiful Woman
The World's Most Expensive Diamond Engagement Ring
This is a tale of great proportions, of grand empires, great jewels, and even of a goddess and the launch of a commemorative Barbie doll. A tale of the most expensive movie production ever, a tale of the largest diamond ring and a tale of two tragic love stories. Barbie has created several replicas ranging from the 1963 creation to the year 2000 beautiful Barbie and now the gold issue of the Elizabeth Taylor collection. The love story of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor are love stories of Goliath proportions.
Cleopatra Barbie - Inspired by Elizabeth Taylor
2010 Gold Cleopatra Barbie Doll
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Queen of the Nile Barbie Dolls
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The Most Beautiful Women in the World - Elizabeth Taylor
"Celebrity Collection Elizabeth Taylor Collection 2000 Elizabeth
Taylor in Cleopatra #23595 is the first authorized
portrait doll of the Academy Award–winning actress who
has been called the most beautiful woman in the world, and
she was the first star to command one million dollars for
a movie role. Her head sculpt is fantastic, with an exact
shade of violet for her eyes, fine glitter eyeshadow, and
heavy kohl liner. She wears a replica of her 1963 Cleopatra
golden gown with a dramatic “feather” cloak, spectacular
headdress, and golden sandals, as seen when Cleopatra enters
the city of Rome on a giant sphinx pulled by dozens of
Last Pharaoh of Egypt
Cleopatra VII Philopator (in Greek, Κλεοπάτρα Φιλοπάτωρ ; (Late 69 BC – August 12, 30 BC) was the last person to rule Egypt as an Egyptian pharaoh – after her death Egypt became a Roman province.
Ptolemeis Dynasty Spoke Greek not Egyptian - Not Cleopatra
Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Ancient Egypt, and therefore was a descendant of one of Alexander the Great's generals. Most Ptolemeis spoke Greek and refused to learn Egyptian, not Cleopatra. She spoke Egyptian and contended she was a reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess.
Cleopatra Marketed Herself as the Reincarnation of an Egyptian Goddess
By contrast from fewllow Ptolemaics, Cleopatra learned Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian Goddess.
Cleopatra originally ruled jointly with her father Ptolemy XII Auletes and later with her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, whom she married as per Egyptian custom, but eventually she became sole ruler. As pharaoh, she consummated a liaison with Julius Caesar (although never married) that allowed her access to the throne. Later she would seek to elevate her son with Caesar, Caesarion, to "co-ruler" in name. That reign sadly was short.
Egyptian Power Struggle
After Caesar's assassination in 44 BC, she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar's legal heir, Octavianus (later known as Augustus). With Antony, she bore the twins Cleopatra Selene II and Alexander Helios, and another son, Ptolemy Philadelphus. History reports that Cleopatra's unions with her brothers produced no children. After losing Octavian's forces, Antony committed suicide. Cleopatra followed suit. Cleopatra briefly was outlived by her son, Caesarion. Caesarion was declared pharaoh, but he was soon killed on Octavian's orders. Afterward, Egypt became the Roman province of Aegyptus .
Cleopatra in Literature - Shakespeare to Philopsher Blaise Pascal
To this day, Cleopatra remains a popular figure in Western culture. Her legacy survives in numerous works of art and the many dramatizations of her story in literature and other media, including William Shakespeare's tragedy Antony and Cleopatra , Jules Massenet's opera Cléopâtre and the 1963 film Cleopatra . In most depictions, Cleopatra is put forward as a great beauty and her successive conquests of the world's most powerful men are taken to be proof of her aesthetic and sexual appeal. In his Pensées , philosopher Blaise Pascal contends that Cleopatra's classically beautiful profile changed world history:
"Cleopatra's nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed."
Execution of her Sister Arsinoe
To safeguard herself and Caesarion, in 41 BC, Cleopatra had Antony order the death of her sister Arsinoe, who was living at the temple of Artemis in Ephesus, which was under Roman control.
On December 25th 40 BC, Cleopatra gave birth to twins fathered by Antony, Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene II. Four years later, Antony renewed his relationship with Cleopatra, and from this point on Alexandria would be his home. He married Cleopatra according to the Egyptian rite (a letter quoted in Suetonius suggests this), although he was at the time married to Octavia Minor, sister of his fellow triumvir Octavian. He and Cleopatra had a third child together Ptolemy Philadelphus.
Declared Co-Rulers of Egypt and Cyprus 34 BC
In 34 BC, Cleopatra and Caesarion were crowned co-rulers of Egypt and Cyprus.
Cleopatra was also given the title of "Queen of Kings".
Caesarion was given "co-regency" with Cleopatra and also proclaimed "son of god" and "king of kings". Cleopatra herself promoted herself to be a reincarnation of goddess Isis, she called herself (Nea Isis ), meaning a lineage or direct descendant of the Goddess Isis.
Lavish Stories of Cleopatra - Her Pearl Dinner
"There are a number of unverifiable stories about Cleopatra, of which one of the best known is that, at one of the lavish dinners she shared with Antony, she playfully bet him that she could spend ten million sesterces on a dinner. He accepted the bet. The next night, she had a conventional, unspectacular meal served; he was ridiculing this, when she ordered the second course — only a cup of strong vinegar. She then removed one of her priceless pearl earrings, dropped it into the vinegar, allowed it to dissolve, and drank the mixture. The earliest report of this story comes from Pliny the Elder and dates to about 100 years after the banquet described would have happened. The calcium carbonate in pearls does dissolve in vinegar, but slowly unless the pearl is first crushed."
1962 Cleopatra Barbie
"1962 Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor),
vinyl head & body,
with high heel feet &
blue sleep eyes.
Dressed as a replica from the 1963 movie Cleopatra. Doll was made by Beta Doll and Toy Company, Brooklyn 22, NY. Marked on back: PLATED N CLLES INC, © 1962"
"I wouldn't be surprised if Elizabeth Taylor was actually ancient Egypt's Cleopatra
in a past life."
1963 Movie Won 4 Oscars
This epic movie that won 4 Oscars in 1963 and was the most expensive movie to ever be produced was set in Egypt approximately 50 years before Christ.
The story line is filled with political intrigue and warring countries of Rome and Egypt.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the Set of Cleopatra
Tribue to Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor Quote on Virtues and Vices
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues."
Cleopatra Quote - Hours in the Day
"There are never enough hours in the days of a queen, and her nights have too many."
Success Quote by Elizabeth Taylor
"Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells." -Elizabeth Taylor
Cleopatra Books on Amazon
Elizabeth Taylor Biography
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London, England on February 27,
1932. Although her mother had a brief career stint as a stage actress in
the US, her parents were actually art dealers from St. Louis, Missouri
and relocated to London to open a gallery. Eventually, the Taylors moved
back to the States and settled in Los Angeles just before war broke out
in Europe in 1939.
Following a screen test for Universal Studios, nine-year-old Elizabeth was signed to a contract, and made her screen debut at in 1942's There's One Born Every Minute. She was signed to MGM in 1942, and it was there that she had early success as a child actor.
"Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (born 27 February 1932), also known as Liz Taylor, is an English-American actress. She is known for her acting talent and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor is considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden age.
The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list."
The most beautiful woman in the world is reported to be between 5'2 (157 cm) and 5'3" (160 cm) to 5'4" and weighed about 120 lbs and her measurements reported to be 36C-21-36.
My mother stated that her eyes were said to be violet not blue but a true, royal purple hue. Interestingly, in Roman times, purple was a highly prized color because it was created from sea shells. This purple was called tyrian purple or better known as "royal purple, imperial purple or imperial dye", first introduced by the Phoenicians. Extremely expensive, costing accoridng the 4th century BC historian Theopompus as such as silver!
The purple dye was created from "a mucous secretion from the hypobranchial gland of one of several medium-sized predatory sea snails found in the eastern Mediterranean. These are the marine gastropods Murex brandaris, (currently known as Haustellum brandaris (Linnaeus, 1758), spiny dye-murex), the banded dye-murex Hexaplex trunculus and the rock-shell Stramonita haemastoma."
Spirit of Elizabeth Taylor's Soul
As desert blond details in her Hub about Sultry Burnettes: The.."spirit of her soul, is the attributed quote of 'The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues." That's a woman that would be fun to spend time with.'"
Two of Her Marriages were to Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor married British actor Richard Burton not one but two times. They met on the set of Cleopatra! While both were married - they fell passionately in love. Subsequently, they left their respective spouses. They married for the first time in 1964. "During the course of their tumultuous relationship they made eleven movies together, the most famous being: Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, Doctor Faustus and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
World's Most Expensive Diamond Ring 69 Carats on Her 40th Birthday
Burton - Taylor Diamond Ring
ElizabethTaylor Love Affair with Jewelry
Diamond Engagement Ring - 33.19 Carats - The Krupp Diamond Ring
40th Birthday - 69.42 Carats - The Burton-Taylor Diamond Ring
Richard Burton bestowed upon Elizabeth Taylor two of the world's largest diamond rings. The first was an engagement ring featuring the 33.19-carat Krupp Diamond (the highest price ever paid [at the time] at auction for a diamond ring."). For Taylor's 40th birthday in 1972, Burton would pay $1.1 million dollars for the heart-shaped 69.42-carat Burton-Taylor diamond (pictured to the right).
Item of interest: Subsequent to their second divorce (only three years later), Elizabeth Taylor sold the 69 carat diamond ring for $5 million. Reports detail that she donated a significant amount of the proceeds to charity.Her charities include her work for aids, cancer and education in addition to a charity called Dogs Deserve Better. Elizabeth once said that she would like to be remembered for her work in the fight against AIDS.
Elizabeth Taylor's Enterprises
Elizabeth Taylor in addition to becoming one of the world most highly compensated actors, also has an entrepreneurial spirit and has authored a book (on jewelry - no less - called Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry. This book which resides at my local library includes personal photos of her wearing her jewels. The jewels are beloved but the size and brilliance are beyond belief. Elizabeth also developed her own line of branded fragrances Passion, White Diamonds and Black Pearls.
Elizabeth Taylor Update - 30 Carat Diamond Turban Wedding #9
Taylor today who is 78 is rumored to head down the aisle with talent manager Jason Winters. Winters is reportedly 30 years her junior.
Holman exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "There is a 30 carat centre stone, two yellow canary diamonds 40 carat round and the headpiece is partially platinum. I'm currently working with the jeweler, Christian Tse, based in Pasadena, and they do private labeling for some of the biggest jewelers in the world and they are making the turban for me, they are adding the stones on. It's taking about 12 artists to work on this piece and it will have a silver and gold fabric and is being hand-woven. It's absolutely gorgeous and a one-of-a-kind piece, never to be duplicated."
"As well as the turban, Holman is also designing Taylor's wedding dress, which will be an extravagant kaftan to match the luxurious headwear."
Elizabeth Taylor's Possible 9th Wedding?
Egyptian Cleopatra Barbie Doll in Elizabeth Taylor Likeness
The Barbie Doll - Elizabeth Taylor
Egyptian Cleopatra Barbie Doll in Elizabeth Taylor Likeness
$400 Million Production Most Expensive Movie Ever!
$400 Million Production. In 1963 terms, the production costs born by Twentieth Century Fox and Varèse Sarabande Records were $44 million, in today's money, it is said to be equivalent to $400 million, making it the most expensive film ever.
Cleopatra, the epic movie, is available on Netflix on instant play and run 4 hours and 3 minutes.
For the movie production of Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor was the first actress ever to receive a $1,000,000 salary for a role in a movie.
"Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison star in one of the most breathtaking epics in motion picture history – the story of the Queen of the Nile's tumultuous love affairs with Marc Antony and Julius Caesar. Directed by the great Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve), CLEOPATRA's astounding recreation of the eighteen years leading up to the formation of the Roman Empire makes for one of the most lavish productions in Hollywood history.
Coming in April from Twentieth Century Fox is a deluxe three DVD set presenting a painstaking restoration of this enormous production. Newly produced for this set is a lavish two-hour documentary telling the turbulent story of the production of one of Hollywood's most infamous and expensive (nearly $400 million when adjusted for inflation) motion pictures. This documentary will also air in the US on AMC as part of a tremendous promotional push by the studio. CLEOPATRA is one of the studio’s grandest productions and this DVD will be the ultimate presentation of the spectacular epic.
Equally historic is this first-ever presentation of over 150 minutes of Alex North's glorious and Academy Award-nominated film score. The composer’s own score for Spartacus and Miklós Rózsa's magnificent Ben Hur are perhaps this score’s only peers. Recorded with an orchestra of unprecedented size, it is truly one of the most extraordinary scores ever composed for a film. CLEOPATRA has never before been available on CD. An LP of recorded highlights of North's music spent some six months on the charts and was in the US the country’s number 2 album for three weeks. Now, for the first time ever, the complete original soundtrack from the film, digitally re-mastered and sounding better than ever, is presented on this elaborately packaged double CD.
CLEOPATRA opened June 12, 1963. The film was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Also receiving Oscar nominations for their work on the film were Rex Harrison (Best Actor) and Alex North (Best Score). CLEOPATRA was additionally nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Sound and took home Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction - Set Decoration, Costume Design and Special Effects."
(Sidenote: Most Expensive Movies per Wikipedia: "1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $300m 2 Spider-Man 3 2007 $258m 3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $250m 4 Avatar 2009 $237m 5 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 $225m Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $225m 7 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $210m 8 Superman Returns 2006 $209m 9 King Kong 2005 $207m 10 2012 2009 $200m Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $200m Titanic 1997 $200mSpider-Man 2 2004 $200mQuantum of Solace 2008 $200mTerminator Salvation 2009 $200m)"
The Story of Orisis and Isis
I Am Isis Ruler of Every Land
Cleopatra herself was a remarkable woman an is stated to be first female leader. Her "power", her privilege was derived from her descension from the very Gods - the goddess of Isis. Who was Isis? John Milton ( December 9th 1608 – November 8th 1674, was an English poet, author, polemicist, Puritan and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England), even has Isis quotes. Please find below a couple of quotes attributed to her including John Milton's contribution. Ra, for your information, is the ancient Egyptian sun god.
1. THE TEXTS IN THE FUNERAL CHAMBER SPEECH OF ISIS. Isis saith:-
"I have come to be a protector unto thee. I waft unto thee air for thy nostrils, and the north wind which cometh forth from the god Tem unto thy nose. I have made whole for thee thy windpipe. I make thee to live like a god. Thine enemies have fallen under thy feet. I have made thy word to be true before Nut, and thou art mighty before the gods."
2. Isis said,
"What is this, O divine father? What is it ? Hath a serpent shot his venom into thee? Hath a thing which thou hast fashioned lifted up its head against thee ? Verily it shall be overthrown by beneficent words of power, and I will make it to retreat in the sight of thy rays."
3. Then Isis said unto Ra,
"Among the things which thou hast said unto me thy name hath not been mentioned. O declare thou it unto me, and the poison shall come forth; for the person who hath declared his name shall live."
1. Book of the Dead
2 & 3.THE LEGEND OF RA AND ISIS.
Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a perfect shape most glorious to look on: but a wicked race of deceivers took the virgin Truth, hewed her lovely form into a thousand pieces, and scattered them to the four winds. From that time ever since, the sad friends of Truth, such as durst appear, imitating the careful search that Isis made for the mangled body of Osiris, went up and down gathering up limb by limb, still as they could find them.We have not yet found them allnor ever shall do, till her Master's second coming; he shall bring together every joint and member, and shall mold them into an immortal feature of loveliness and perfection.
Areopagitica: a speech for the liberty of unlicensed printing.
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Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc."
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Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on December 20, 2010:
There is a Barbie for everyone - literally. From Nascar driver to nurses, to doctors, to fitness to even a Barbie with the Harley logos for men. Cleopatra for the exotic, holiday collectibles for the home decorator, porcelain for the high end collector. Find a focus and your 5 yr old niece will have a memory for a lifetime.
The movie with Taylor and Burton is grand in every way - I highly recommend it.
Tracy from San Francisco on December 20, 2010:
I was wondering whether my 5 yr old niece would be ready for a Barbie ~ but your hub took me on an unexpected path! I love the Shakespeare play, Antony and Cleopatra, but have not seen the movie with Taylor and Burton. You've given us a great history lesson here! Much appreciated ~ and voted up!
Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on August 23, 2010:
That is fascinating about the real Cleopatra - yeah for shorter women! And flat chested too! Oh, the money made up for for her allure - cancel my jubilee.
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing.
lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on August 23, 2010:
How interesting. You're touching on a period of history I've always found fascinating. But research shows Cleopatra was barely five feet tall, flat-chested and owned a very large nose. She wore her own hair braided flat against her head, ready for the many ceremonial wigs she had to don -- giving her the appearance, according to one Roman soldier of 'some kind of melon.' Though Taylor and our Hollywood fantasies want to see her as a beautiful seductress, in reality she was a plain little woman, whose main attraction was her power over a very wealthy country. (money can make even the greatest of woman-epicureans see beauty --no?)
Still, Taylor, with her clearly Anglo-Saxon features, will remain in a generations mind as the image of Cleopatra.
Thanks for an interesting read. Lynda