Elizabeth Taylor did for seven husbands what Henry VIII did for his six wives. She made them famous and crossword-ready. She was decidedly nicer than the testy Henry; she divorced her spouses without beheading anyone along the way.
I'm personally grateful to Miss Taylor for husband No. 8 -- Larry Fortensky, who once provided symmetric support for me to construct a puzzle with a "SKY" team theme. PADDY CHAYEFSKY, IGOR STRAVINSKY and VASLAV NIJINSKY. The crossword is that unique place where Vaslav, Paddy, Igor and Larry hang out and have a beer on common ground.
The great Elizabeth Taylor, like Paul Newman, used her celebrity to advance mega-philanthropic work. She, through amFAR. And he, through Newman's Own.
Two class acts, now gone.
But they live on, ever young and beautiful, in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
. . . and a tribute to Miss Taylor.