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Lohan not Taylor-made for ‘Liz & Dick’

And the Emmy should go to . . . the beauty mark. Playing Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie “Liz & Dick,” Lindsay Lohan delivers her lines essentially as herself, LiLo, complete with her hoarse, flat voice and her blasé-meets-bratty affect. But oh that beauty mark, painted ever so exquisitely on her right cheek — it keeps telling us that she’s playing one of the 20th century’s most glamorous, elegant, and passionate women. It’s a consistent visual cue, like a Liz Taylor branding, reminding us, lest we forget, that Lohan is actually trying to be someone else.

OK, it’s not just the beauty mark; there are the wigs and the costumes, too, all of them lovely and carefully chosen as they span the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. There are the thick eyebrows and the dark eye makeup. Lohan has been styled as if she’s borrowing the Taylor look for a deluxe photo spread (which she actually did for “Interview” magazine in 2006). She definitely evokes the fashion evolution of the legendary actress and activist who was married eight times, twice to Richard Burton. Despite her freckles, which are worlds away from Taylor’s white skin, she suggests the Taylor surface.

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