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Taylor Calls Mother’s Day ‘Rip-Off’

May 9, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ She has four children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, but Elizabeth Taylor says Mother’s Day this weekend is no big thing.

``It’s not like Thanksgiving, when we all get together,″ Taylor said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. ``I think maybe half of my children will be here; they’re spread all over the world, and I never know if they’re coming.″

Taylor said she believes Mother’s Day is ``a commercial rip-off, to tell the truth, a chance to sell my perfume and other things that ladies like.″

The 70-year-old actress, star of films such as ``National Velvet,″ ``Giant,″ ``Cleopatra″ and ``Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?″ has been in the perfume business since 1986, when she introduced Elizabeth Taylor’s Passion. Ten years ago, she brought out White Diamonds.

``I have everything to do with it _ the packaging, the color of the bottle, the shape of the bottle, the contents of the perfume, everything,″ she said.

Taylor is working on a book for Simon & Schuster about her jewels and how she got them, including a 33 1/3-carat square-cut diamond, a gift from Richard Burton, who was married twice to Taylor between 1964 and 1976.

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