I felt sad on Wednesday when I had learned that actress Elizabeth Taylor had died.
She was a classmate of mine in the fifth-grade at Hawthorne Grammar School in Beverly Hills, along with Paul Marx, now an attorney who also lives here in Newport Beach. The three of us appeared in a class photo together.
In the picture she's sitting in the front row, and Paul and I are standing in the back. Hollywood had not yet discovered Elizabeth.
At that time, in the early 1940s, Paul and I had no interest in girls. Soon after our class picture was taken, Elizabeth was gone. We next saw her in the 1944 movie "National Velvet."
She returned to our class at Hawthorne Grammar School in the eighth grade.
In assigning classroom seats for the school year, our teacher, Mrs. Jameson, seated me just in front of Elizabeth, because students were assigned seats by alphabetical order.