Elizabeth Taylor’s final husband, Larry Fortensky, is saying he’ll watch Lindsay Lohan play his late ex-wife tomorrow night in Lifetime’s biographical film ‘Liz & Dick,’ Celebuzz is reporting. The 59-year-old, who was married to the actress between 1991 and 1996 after they met at The Betty Ford Center, said “Sure, I will watch it.”
However, Fortensky, who Taylor used to call Larry The Lion, admitted he’s not sure if Lohan will do justice to the memory of the Oscar winner, who died from heart failure at age 79 on March 23, 2011. “I don’t know what Lindsay Lohan will be like or what Elizabeth would have thought about her performance,” Fortensky added.
After Fortensky and Taylor divorced, the former construction worker, who received an estimated $1 million settlement, moved in with his sister Donna in a modest home in Riverside County, 85 miles from his former Beverly Hills home. Taylor appreciated that he never spoke about their relationship to the press when she was alive. She left him $800,000 in her will when she died as a result.
Taylor and Fortensky remained friends until she died. After their divorce, they would often spend hours on the phone, talking about happier times when they attended parties and premieres around the world.
While many critics have panned ‘Liz & Dick,’ Lohan admitted on ‘Good Morning America’ that she felt many similarities between herself and Taylor. The ‘Mean Girls’ actress said the ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ star “actually went to her mother a lot. She was really close to her mother, and I’m pretty much the same,” referring to her mother, Dina Lohan.
“It’s really nerve-wracking to play someone that’s such an incredible force and a wonderful woman,” Lohan added. “I was kind of nervous to see what people would think of it.”
Written by: Karen Benardello