The names of Elizabeth Taylor and Fred Titmus, whose passing we mourn today, remind one of many an August day at the Home of Cricket. After John Price had given the openers one up the snoot, the Middlesex captain would turn to Taylor and Titmus in the secure knowledge that no other county possessed spinners better able to exploit the dusty late-season wickets. The dread legend “c Parfitt b Titmus” or “st Murray b Taylor” appeared next to the name of many a celebrated batsman in those warm sixties summers.Or
The names of Elizabeth Taylor and Fred Titmus, whose passing we mourn today, remind one of the Golden Age of cinema. No party was could be said to have begun until they had made their entrance. It has to be admitted that Taylor’s technique was more suited to the camera: as was sometimes all too apparent to the viewer, Titmus received his training in the Shakespearian theatre. He was also renowned as a “hellraiser”, but together they reigned unchallenged as The First Couple of Hollywood.