1958: Liz Taylor watches the Oscars

From the Army Archerd archive

GOOD MORNING: Congratulations Oscar and Daily Variety poll winners … Elizabeth Taylor watched the show in the den of her house, with her brother and sister-in-law and Bill Lyon. She broke up when the Todd AO award was made, could only watch the awards intermittently afterwards. However, she did send a bouquet of white orchids to Joanne Woodward at the BevHilton party. Her note: “I’m so happy and pleased for you, Love, Elizabeth Todd — and Mike, too.” Eddie Fisher also remained at home to watch the show, while wife Debbie Reynolds sang “Tammy.” … Paul Newman was speechless with joy as he watched the post-Oscar crush of press and fotogs … (2008 Update — and recalling those Oscars, 50 years ago: Mike Todd, Elizabeth’s husband, was killed in a plane crash six days earlier. Elizabeth was a nominee for “Raintree County” … Joanne Woodward, who won for “Three Faces Of Eve,” also appeared on the Oscar show — in her $300 dress — with husband Paul Newman as presenters for the editing award. Paul and Joanne are now busily readying for the gala 20th anniversary party for the Hole In The Wall Gang Camps, March 10 at N.Y.’s City Center. They appeared together three years ago in HBO’s “Empire Falls” for which Newman received a supporting actor Emmy. They both say their acting days are over but he will direct at the Westport Playhouse where Joanne is a managing director. They, of course, are always busy working (with partner A.E. Hotchner) on Newman’s Own which now has 200 products, all of whose profits are donated to charities. Also noted on the above 30th anniversary Oscar show, one of the presenters was Debbie Reynolds who sang the nominated “Tammy.” Debbie heads out March 1-April 5 femceeing the “Simply Ballroom” cross-country tour. … Taylor will celebrate her 76th birthday Feb. 27 with her four children, 10 grandchildren and three, great-grandchildren.)

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