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Posted 2 years ago


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I was so young and I had to write a first letter in school to someone and I thought who better than Elizabeth Taylor. The year was 1968, a beautiful summer. Cannot remember my age as I started school at 5 years old, I was lucky to have her home address and waiting after a while I had my return letter, although I had not asked for a return. I was so young. So what were you doing in 1968, do you even remember?? As a coincidence years and years later in the 1990's, Chen Sam was Elizabeth Taylors agent in NYC and the states. I was good friends at the time with Chen Sams parents who lived in Toronto. They also had a stall at Harbourfront antiques.

Here I have just scanned the material, a light blue letter. I had always taken very good care of all my memorabilia, always saving it, even using photo corners to mount the paper material instead of glue when I had them to use. I even have some of the boxes that my toys came in, so everything was stored, waiting for me to return, and so today I returned, if only for a moment... Something so inconsequential yet sentimental, memories of a fleeting life. Phil

Special work with computer highlight colors has allowed me to color the images by only using highlights, especially the third photo.

Somewhere and sometime in that whole vanished galaxy that we all seem to forge our memories, I post this black and white photo of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. I have colored the photo by sepia toning and then using highlight colors to lighten and add highlight colors only. Not my usual method but if it works I will use it. I started to paint photos on paper years ago first using food colors then later in life using Dr. Martins airbrush watercolors and then later I would use almost anything I had, which included crayons and oil paints. At that time it was an all hands on deck approach, no computer to make it easy, no digital. And so as the song says, "Video killed the radio star." "In my mind and in my car, we can't rewind we've gone too far. Oh-a-aho oh."

Only history will tell through time whether or not Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton will be one of the greatest love stories ever on this earth. When you sum it all up, it reads as well as Napoleon and Josephine, Caesar and Cleopatra, Helen of Troy and we are back at square one, ... all the stars in that whole vanished galaxy !


  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you Eye4Beauty, appreciate your comment and love, my hopes were of being E.T.'s photographer, although I knew that position was already filled as she had her own personal photographer who travelled with them !~
  2. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Born that year... :)
    What an amazing story and gorgeous pictures.
  3. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 2 years ago
    I'm with Doc on this one ,amazing story!BTW in 1968,I was ...oops not born yet:)
  4. Zowie Zowie, 2 years ago
    Hi in 1968 I was 11 years old so I was still at school & apart from sport I wasn't to much interesyed in anything else
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I was lucky to get her address but contacted someone who knew, so over the years I used it to also get a number of signed stills. Through my grandmother also of all people, she was able to help me. She was one of the few stars who actually signed their own photos and did not use secretaries I was told.
  6. Zowie Zowie, 2 years ago
    You are really luckyPhil
  7. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you DrFluffy for the love, much appreciated.
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you petey for the love, right back at you !~
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Just wonderful , Phil! That was my last year ogf high school. She was just stunning!
  10. kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Thanks for that fantastic story to go along with the shots and letter. As always totally inspiring and wonderful posting. Thanks for sharing one of your life's moments. BTW, 1968, was the year I got my ear pieced by one of my forgotten first loves, with that thought I wonder if she remembers me, lol. Thanks again Phil, this is an awesome posting :-)
  11. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Very cool!
  12. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thanks gargoylecollector for the comment and the love, very appreciated !~
  13. tom61375 tom61375, 2 years ago
  14. pops52 pops52, 2 years ago
    Awesome Phil!!!
  15. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thanks toolate2 for the love and the visit, always appreciated !~
  16. artislove artislove, 2 years ago
    some person to write your first letter to,by the way how old were you back than?hanks for sharing this lovely moment in your life!
  17. inky inky, 2 years ago
    What a lovely post Phil and how very talented you are ...I do! remember.. in 1968 I was shuffled off to boarding school and hated every minute of it....:-)
  18. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    You are as talented at writing as you are at photography, I am humbled by your talent my friend! I was 7 years old that year & playing with my toys & going to school.
    Your dreams were big & they took you from your small Prairie home to the bright lights of Toronto & New York.
    Mission Accomplished!
  19. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Such a amazing journey you have traveled and all the people who you have touched their lives by knowing you . What can I say when this page is full of all the things I could have said . So I will say Thank you Phil for enriching our lives with your talents and friendship ! xoxoxo
  20. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you walksoftly and Manikin for all the accolades one could ever want, it is my privilege to know the both of you and your talents by this site. I was lucky enough for a friend to sort of drag me to NYC for my first time and then leave me on my own while he went to visit friends in the boroughs. I guess it was the best way, just plunk me down in Times Square, no hotel booked or plans. My hotel had a beautiful Art Nouveau lobby, now lost. They were tearing down theatres and many big stars were in the streets protesting and putting on benefits in the street at the time.
  21. kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Phil, I believe David and Mani have expressed the feeling most of us have for you and your talents. Kudos for what you've done and best wishes and support for what you are going to accomplice in the future
  22. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you again for the comment Kerry, always appreciated and valued !~
  23. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you Zowie for your comments which I just love, and your love, appreciated !~
  24. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you for the loves tom61375, blunderbuss2, BigTex, AmberRose, geo26e, very appreciated !~
  25. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you pops52 for the love, highly appreciated !~
  26. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Thank you for the loves inky, fledermaus, mikelv85, artislove !~
  27. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Thanks David again for the nice comment and also for the love which I appreciate as always !~
  28. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Thank you all my loves for the love you have shown, always appreciated and right back at you sarahoff, Budek, SpunkysMom, toracat, Hunter, czechman, & Manikin
  29. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Thank you for the visit and the love kyratango, very much appreciated.

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