Five years ago on March 23 the world lost Elizabeth Taylor. She passed away leaving behind an inspirational legacy in film. As an actress, she grabbed the attention of audiences everywhere. In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, her performance is just as unique as her many other portrayals.
Brick and Maggie are an unhappy married couple. Brick who is a former high school football star, is now no more than a drunk. His wife Maggie is unable to bear children causing the biggest rift between them. Maggie is looked down upon by many of the family members in Brick’s family. One day they head out for Brick’s fathers, Daddy’s, birthday celebration. While there they learn that Big Daddy is dying of cancer. Tragedy strikes again for Brick when he learns that one of his best friends from high school has committed suicide. He learns this through Maggie who tells him ruthlessly, causing Brick to feel guilty for not helping his friend out when he needed him. As the party dwindles down, the family squabbles continue with Gooper, Brick’s brother, and his wife argue about what will happen once Big Daddy has passed on. In all of this they realize that Big Mama, Brick’s mother, will be the one stepping in. Out of spite and frustration, Maggie announces that she is pregnant. After being told that she is a liar and a whore by Gooper’s wife, Big Daddy and Gooper tell her to shut up by stating that there is life inside of her. The film closes with Brick promising Maggie that he will try to make Maggie’s lie come true.
In 1954, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered as a film from the Tennessee William’s play by the same name. In this film we watch the relationship of Brick and Maggie become repaired one step at a time. Although, it is repaired after she tells a lie about being pregnant, Brick and Maggie are able to find each other again. Elizabeth Taylor passed away on March 23, 2011 as a legend in film.