Rest in Peace, @DameElizabeth

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor passed away yesterday at the age of 79, leaving millions of mourners behind who are showing an outpouring of love for the iconic film actress on Twitter. RIP Elizabeth Taylor was trending for the better part of the day, and for good reason.

What’s particularly poignant, though, is going back through her @DameElizabeth Twitter feed and seeing her words in a different light.  She was especially active on July 22, 2011, with the following tweets:

Liz Taylor’s first tweet, sent on March 31, 2009, was, “Spending time with my daughter Liza in my beautiful gardens. Hope the gardenias bloom soon.” Her sporadic postings were often pleasant insights into the mind of one of the most famous people on earth, including things such as this April 17, 2009 post, “You can’t cry on a diamond’s shoulder and diamonds won’t keep you warm at night, but they’re sure fun when the sun shines!”

You can’t help but love a woman in her 70’s, no matter who she is, that publicly declares, “Just saw “Twilight” on DVD. I want more!” (May 14, 2009)

When Prop 8 was on the ballot in California, she chimed in to pledge her support:

While often promoting her fragrances and sharing interview links (which were always entertaining reads), her declining health would work its way into the tweets every now and then.

“I went to see Andrea Bocelli last night. The first time I’ve been out in months. The Hollywood Bowl allowed me to use my wheelchair.” (June 8, 2009)

“Dear Friends, I would like to let you know before it gets in the papers that I am going into the hospital to have a procedure on my heart.” (October 6, 2009)

Her tweets regarding the death of Michael Jackson clearly show the emotional pain she was in over his passing, and it’s one of those instances when Twitter is mind-blowing.  Hearing Elizabeth Taylor’s first hand, uncensored and unedited thoughts on such a close friend and cultural icon’s passing is something our parents would never have been able to imagine.

The world has clearly lost an amazing woman and beloved icon in Elizabeth Taylor, and the family sends her friends and family our thoughts during this difficult time.  Rest in Peace, @DameElizabeth.  Your tweets will be dearly missed.