Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Enigma of Elizabeth Taylor's Violet Eyes

Since the grand dame of Hollywood has died, there's been an upsurge in web searches for Elizabeth Taylor's violet eyes. Indeed, a lot of people have become curious about Taylor's mysterious beauty. One writer even said, ""What should abruptly stop me in my tracks," he wrote, "but a pair of eyes unlike I've ever beheld, before or since; deep violet eyes of a sort withheld from ordinary mortals that were suddenly looking up into mine from mere inches away."

On Taylor's rare beauty, reports:

Violet is indeed a rarity, more so than green eyes, although theories as to what makes them purple vary. Color, of course, is determined by how much melanin pigment the eye has and, to get really scientific, those variations in single nucleotide polymorphisms (thankfully shortened to SNPS) near the OCA2 gene, which are responsible for the color of eyes, hair, and skin. Then again, the simplest explanation would be the same one her doctor gave her mother when describing baby Elizabeth's double row of eyelashes: a "mutation," according to the 1996 book Elizabeth.

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