Liz Taylor & Lobster

Virginia Woolf meets Jim Wolff’s waitress.

My favorite obituary headline ever:

HELEN LAVALLE, 94, ADVISED ELIZABETH TAYLOR
“Amongst her many jobs, Helen was a waitress at the former Williams House, where she was the only waitress who could tell Elizabeth Taylor that one lobster was enough.”
-Daily Hampshire Gazette

Elizabeth Taylor was at Smith College in the 60’s filming “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, with Richard Burton. Assume that’s when she may have tried to indulge in local lobster binge-ing and Helen Lavalle would have none of it. The old Williams House in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, was famous for its haute cuisine brought to the Valley by Jim Wolff, featured in Table’s Edge.

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