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Elizabeth Taylor’s Greatest YouTube Hits

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Probably like many people reading this, I’ve spent a lot of the afternoon reading and thinking about Elizabeth Taylor, who died earlier this morning at the age of 79. And I’ve been watching clips of and about Taylor on YouTube, of which there are many. Here, now, are just a few of the best I’ve found.

“I am a survivor,” Taylor says in this amazing clip from “The Tonight Show” circa 1992. “I’ve had addictions, weight problems, and extreme happiness,” she tells Johnny Carson (she also had a bedazzled leather sportcoat, apparently). Kidding aside, how often to megastars talk this unguardedly about their personal life and demons on late night television? Or anywhere? That’s why people loved “Liz.” She’s hysterically funny when she talks about her marriages, too. She had fun with her own persona, that’s for sure.

Did you know Elizabeth Taylor was on “General Hospital?” I didn’t. Did you know someone went to the trouble not only of compiling her bloopers but to put them on YouTube? Well, they did. Before you judge her repeated flubs, you try saying the name Mikkos Cassadine in a cleavage-bearing gown.

I actually find Taylor charming in these unguarded moments. She’s got a great laugh, and it’s pretty clear that she reached a point in the business where she was untouchable and she knew it. She could do and say just about anything and get away with it. Like this moment, from the 2001 Golden Globes, where she nearly ruined the drama around the Best Picture winner by looking inside the envelope rather than reading the nominees off the teleprompter. This video is called “Elizabeth Taylor Drunk at the Golden Globe Awards” on YouTube. NOTE: I didn’t call her drunk. The guy who named this YouTube clip did. I want to make that very clear:

Also, it’s not embeddable, but you should really check out Edward R. Murrow’s interview with Taylor and then husband Mike Todd, from “Person to Person” in 1957. Todd died in a plane crash about a year after this interview, which is a little freaky to consider when he brags about how it’s better to be lucky than smart in the movie business (Todd was a producer who won the Academy Award for his film “Around the World in 80 Days”). In the most fascianting exchange, Murrow asks Taylor whether she plans to retire from acting to become a full-time housewife for Todd. “I couldn’t really care less about making movies, to tell you the truth,” she says. “I consider it much more important to be a good woman than a great actress.” And this interview came before she won either of her two Oscars or made “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Life is funny sometimes. Funnier than watching Elizabeth Taylor butcher the name Mikkos Cassadine.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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