Elizabeth Taylor was arguably the greatest of all Hollywood "stars" - the star to end all stars, one might almost say.
But was she a great actress? Was she even a good actress?
It would be easy to answer that question with a resounding "no." For example, her performance as Katharina in Zeffirelli's film of "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967) is, by any objective standard, perfectly dreadful - however irresistably watchable it may be:
And yet, if one wished to answer that question with a "yes," one would not be wholly bereft of evidence:
(1) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958):
(2) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966):
Her performance of Martha vs. Richard Burton's George in the latter film really is, in its own way, kind of awe-inspiring. One can't help fearing that she's playing herself.