Film April 2024

Elizabeth Taylor Shines in Little Women

In the vast landscape of cinema, certain films stand as timeless classics, cherished for their ability to transport audiences to another time and place. When considering films that live with viewers long after the credits have rolled, Elizabeth Taylor’s captivating performance in the beloved adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women comes to mind. While many versions of the beloved tale have graced screens both big and small over the years, the 1949 rendition holds a special place in the hearts of all, thanks in part to Elizabeth Taylor. 

Released in the post-war era, the first-ever color edition of Little Women remains a quintessential piece of Hollywood’s golden age. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by David O. Selznick, the film came with an incredible cast including June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Margaret O'Brien, and of course, Elizabeth Taylor.

Elizabeth was in her late teens and already making waves in Hollywood with her undeniable talent and beauty when she was cast as the spirited Amy March. One of the most remarkable aspects of her performance as Amy was her ability to seamlessly transition from innocence to maturity throughout the film. Amy's journey from a petulant child to a poised young woman showcased Elizabeth’s ability to imbue the character with depth and nuance beyond her years.

Little Women not only marked a turning point in Elizabeth's career but also in her personal life. Just as Amy evolved from a sheltered girl to a worldly married woman, Elizabeth was on the cusp of her own significant changes. Within two years, she would go from teenager to wife, marrying Nicky Hilton in 1950 (divorcing him shortly thereafter), and from child star to leading actress in A Place in the Sun (1951).

In the years that followed, Elizabeth would go on to become one of the most iconic actresses of all time, earning multiple Academy Awards and leaving a lasting legacy on all who have seen her perform. As we revisit Little Women, we remember Elizabeth’s turn as Amy March, a portrayal that continues to bring up the unshakeable feeling of nostalgia over seven decades later.

Stream Little Women on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, The Roku Channel, Google Play, or Fandango.