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Reeling from her recent talk-show debacle on the OWN, Rosie O'Donnell decided to decompress a little with the Today show's Matt Lauer and Donny Deutsch.

TMZ reports that Rosie was none too happy with the announcement that Lindsay Lohan is set to play Elizabeth Taylor in the made-for-Lifetime biopic, Liz and Dick. I'd sooner see LiLo as Liz than Rosie as Betty Rubble.

O'Donnell grumbled, ""I feel very sorry for her ... I think she needs a lot of time away ... She's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including SNL. She was out and not in rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work."

The talk-show diva and star of Harriet the Spy flipped out when Donny Deutsch dared to suggest "[Lohan is] our generation's Elizabeth Taylor." "You're out of your mind," Rosie shot back. "You're a crackhead! The last thing she did good she was 16."

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Elizabeth Taylor was a movie star whose beauty blinded many into mistaking her for an actress. How much less (more?) alluring would Ava Gardner have been than Ms. Taylor walking down the aisle in Father of the Bride? Would Giant have been worse (better?) off had Jean Simmons played the part of Leslie Benedict? And all things being as they are, wouldn't Joan Collins have made just as cheesy a Cleopatra?

Not that Linsday Lohan is exactly setting the screen ablaze with a scorching run of successful pictures. She served her early teen comedies well and with a talented director has the makings of an actress, as evidenced by Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.

In their youth, Liz rode Flicka, LiLo commandeered Herbie, and audiences were none the worse for wear. While Liz has nothing quite as ghastly as Georgia Rule or I Know Who Killed Me to haunt her filmography, it's not because she didn't make the effort. With the exception of Winter Kills, in which Liz appears for five minutes, I defy you to make a case for any Taylor vehicle released after Secret Ceremony (1968).

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Aside from courting a fair amount of tabloid covers, the two share another common bond: at one point they were both fully loaded. LiLo may have Liz beat in the age department, but the young actress has spent as much time in rehab as Taylor, who, in 1983 and again in 1988, checked into the Betty Ford Clinic.

I always assumed that Lohan's first biopic would have been The Ann-Margret Story. Throw a wig and a pair of contact lenses on the lass and there isn't anyone out there better suited to play the violet-eyed vixen than Lindsay Lohan.

Fortunately for LiLo, the similarities stop at the romance department. Samantha Ronson has nothing on that scene-stealing ham, Richard Burton.

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nan shartel April 24, 2012 @ 3:23 p.m.

Lilo has about as much movie cred as Kim Kardashian...Rosie tells it like she sees it

good...bad or indifferent

unacceptable...probably...but she was asked....keep swingin' RO

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Scott Marks April 24, 2012 @ 3:46 p.m.

Nonsense, Nan. The only performance Kim Kardashian ever gave was in the bedroom. I'll defend my damaged Lilo to the end. Lohan was one of the best things in "Prairie Home Companion" and if she can reign herself, a career as an actress awaits.

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nan shartel April 25, 2012 @ 3:16 p.m.

but Liz, Scott...ELIZABETH TAYLOR....WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLFE Taylor....Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Taylor...doing Tenesee Williams characters TAYLOR

so u love Lilo...love her..wtf!!!!

i don't care...but please don't push her child acting career and SNL skits on us as the acceptable criteria to play ELIZABETH TAYLOR!!!!

and every episode that Kim's in on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" is an acting job!!!

of course i didn't like Michelle Williams play Marilyn either...and i think Williams is a proven fine caliber actress!!!

i did love her in "Prairie Home Companion" . ...Lilo i mean

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Scott Marks April 25, 2012 @ 5:37 p.m.

"Cat" and "Virginia," the Liz Taylor defender's go-to movies. I never liked her in the former and grudgingly agree that Martha is her best performance. What about the rest? She's terrible in "Butterfield 8" and her fractured line readings in "Suddenly Last Summer" (They de-vow-er-ed him") are a hoot. She never did it for me. I'm more the Jean Arthur or Audrey Hepburn type.

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nan shartel April 25, 2012 @ 8:25 p.m.

Liz was never a super actress...she was mostly a bombshell with lavender eyes...she actually stayed in the limelight much like Kim Kardashian

the only really excellent actresses of the time were Joan Crawford,Katherine Hepburn and Bette Davis...and they all were gimmicky vocally and otherwise....only Ros Russell was a close to fine actress and comedian too

Audrey Hepburn was only a gamin type...

but i am crazy about Jean Arthur...she could get so naive and innocent looking in the middle of the worse ploy or scam

Liz was a fine little child actress...and a good teen actress...after that only her extraordinary beauty and raucous nature kept her afloat.....my favorite film of hers was the one shot at Big Sur....the Sandpiper... considered one of her worse .......i loved it!!!

ultimately i guess Liz was only beautiful....maybe like Lilo is only beautiful....who know maybe she could do Liz justice

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Scott Marks April 25, 2012 @ 11:45 p.m.

I have tried on so many occasions to get into "The Sandpiper" -- it's Minnelli, for Pete's sake -- but can't past the love story and the hideous look of it. The thing appears to have been shot through a pair of pantyhose.

Her butch turn in "Reflections in a Golden Eye" is amusing and I'd give anything to look at "Boom!" and "Secret Ceremony" again, but more for Joseph Losey than Liz.

I have yet to subject myself to "The Spy that Came in from the Cold," but from what I've seen, Richard Burton stinks up every frame of film he's in. I own two Burton films: "Bluebeard," because it's so perfectly awful, and "Exorcist II," a film that only I applaud for its cinema artistry. Oh, and "Cleopatra" which is one half a masterwork. When Rex dies -- and leaves Burton to take command -- the picture goes with him.

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nan shartel April 26, 2012 @ 1:53 p.m.

how about Becket...i thought he and O Toole were good in that...he was in the original cast of Camelot on Broadway...in the JFK Camelot era

he had his good points i think...a lovely Welsh speaking voice when needed

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Scott Marks April 27, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Y'know, I never made it through "Becket." Gotta' save something for the deathbed.

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nan shartel April 25, 2012 @ 8:31 p.m.

Elizabeth Taylor was a ferocious love machine....Richard Burton caught fire when he acted with Liz....her sexual intensity burned the screen down...in my opinion that's why she was great!!!

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nan shartel April 26, 2012 @ 1:54 p.m.

i always go back to that huh...hhahahahahahahahahahaha

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