People are wondering whether or not Elizabeth Taylor really did have violet eyes. Do people really have purple eyes? WELL. Apparently the answer to that is YES.
I always thought that was just some kind of expression. You know, like meaning she had soft, sultry eyes or something, but it seems they really were a dark violet and there are people with purple eyes however its very rare.
There’s a scientific explanation for it. A doctor explained it to Liz Taylor’s mother after she was born with a double row of eye-lashes in addition to the violet eyes. He called it ‘a mutation’ which is a lot easier to understand than the scientific explanation.
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.
Those eyes inspired longing, envy, and a few beauty products: Chicago optical company Wesley-Jensen created violet contact lenses in the 1980s. Before their debut, a W-J spokesperson told The New York Times, “pictures of Elizabeth Taylor are pasted all over our R&D lab.” A California ocularist, one of the few in the world to create artificial eyeballs, fulfilled one patient’s request for “Elizabeth Taylor eyes.”
They say that Richard Burton dismissed her beauty by saying she had a double chin, short legs and an over-sized chest. But he admire her eyes saying, ‘she has wonderful eyes’. Although I did read somewhere that he admired her breast saying they had the uncommon quality of being firm and soft at the same time. Maybe that’s why she married him twice.
Back to the mutation of Elizabeth Taylor eyes. A mutation that consist of a double row of dark, lush eyelashes framing large, liquid, arresting violet eyes? We all should be so lucky as to have mutations like that.