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Elizabeth Taylor’s impact on Virginia politics

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Did you even realize that she had one?  Elizabeth Taylor‘s marriage to former Senator John Warner was more than just Beltway meets Hollywood romance. The diva used her star power to help launch the career of Warner. A career that was one of the most significant in Virginia political history.

Here is my story from NBC12:

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The death of movie star Elizabeth Taylor is sending ripples through the entertainment community tonight.

But while Taylor was an icon in Hollywood, she played a significant role in launching an important political career right here Virginia.

Taylor’s fifth marriage was to a former naval officer by the name of John Warner.

That was in 1976, right before John Warner launched a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Taylor criss- crossed Virginia with her groom, playing a big part in his election.

Warner said he never would’ve had the chance to serve 5 terms and 30 years in the Senate, if Elizabeth Taylor had not come into his life.

You can see and read the full story on NBC12.com.

Written by Ryan Nobles

March 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm

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  1. Believe it or not, Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner are both related to Laurence Herman “Gus” Versluis, a truck driver! That is a crazy world!

    V.E.G.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

  2. Clarification:
    Believe it or not, Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner are both related to (distant cousin) Laurence Herman “Gus” Versluis, a truck driver! That is a crazy world!

    V.E.G.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

  3. Believe it or not, both Elizabeth Taylor and John William Warner are the extremely distant cousins of the hero who gave his life saving a young girl in Florida, Alan B. Hall! “Uncle” Alan Hall is watching over the children from the heavens and God Bless.

    V.E.G.

    July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm


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