The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 6, 1991 · Page 128
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I'8Features THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, October 6, 1991 Liz's marriage made in tabloid heaven BY AMY WILSON Knight News Service Sometime late this afternoon, two people will pledge their forev-ers on a ranch named Neverland Valley. That's in California, where Michael Jackson can name his spread after something in Peter Pan, and nobody gives it a second thought. Out there, where the leaves don't turn but the world still does, Elizabeth Taylor will take her seventh husband, Larry Lee Forten-sky. She will be shuttled down the aisle by best friend Jackson, , launched into her new life with a construction worker, as the ex-wife of Burt Bacharach and the ex-husband of Donna Mills look on. (That'd be Carole Bayer Sager, the lyricist, and Jose Eber, the hair guy.) The tabloids say llamas may be present at the wedding, or at least at the ranch. So might her goat, Marina, a gift from the bridegroom. The farmyard motif would be a first. There are so few firsts left when you've had eight weddings. It also will be the first time she is marrying someone younger than she. At 59, she is 20 years older than her groom. They met four years ago at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., while each was receiving treatment she, for an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs; he, for alcoholism. She's Elizabeth Taylor, no further description necessary. He's a twice-married former truck driver with three arrests for drunk driving and one for marijuana possession. He also has a long history of tanning parlor abuse. The bride will wear a yellow Valentino dress and should be neither too fat nor too thin. She will be wearing jewelry, though the taste police will be on the lookout for any prior present from any prior husband. OurExpertTReatment Can Make Vricose And SpiderVeins Disappear. 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Taylor has said that "being ; married would be like living in a little white cottage with me in an organdy apron." It never has been. But it serves, for Taylor, as security. "She believes that real happi- ness is not as good if it's not ; shared," suggests Lorraine Brod-.erick, co-head writer for All My Children and someone who has written a few of character Erica Kane's multiple marriages. "The very successful want I someone to come home to," says Broderick. "They do believe in Which only leaves us with two questions. Who is she, really? "A romantic, yet with some solid investments in her portfolio," said a friend a long time ago. A gal who has a needlepoint pillow which reads: "It's not the having, it's the getting." And what does she want? "She doesn't need a man; she needs to share," Brothers says. "I am probably in the minority, but I admire that." Brothers reminds that Taylor has had six different husbands who somehow shared that need and that faith. Richard Burton, who married Taylor twice and must have believed in something as much as she, quoted Hamlet to a Montreal audience the night after he wed her for the first time. From Act Three, Scene One: "We will have no more marriages." So he lied. romance, but deep down, they want stability and protection and a certain permanence." Even if temporarily. Says Brothers: "She is looking for the right man. And the right man. And the right man." "People do want to commit," says Linda Cajio, president of the Romance Writers of America and someone who should know. "It satisfies something within ourselves, something undefinable in our souls. We need to mate, we need to commit. We see it not just in celebrities, we see it in the animal world, too." Now that's quite a concept: Elizabeth Taylor as National Geographic special, as a specimen to tell us about our desires. Biographer Walker says Taylor, in a sense, had faith that that was indeed her role. 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