Jane Eyre (1944)

Jane Eyre (1944)

Given that Elizabeth Taylor turned 75 on February 27, it's only fitting to look back at one of her earliest films, made when she was only 11 or 12. In this adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, she plays Helen Burns, Jane's friend at boarding school. She makes a luminous entrance as Jane is standing on a box for punishment and befriends Jane. Later, Helen dies in Jane's arms as they sleep, and Helen's death is heralded by a tea kettle running out of steam. Surprisingly, Elizabeth Taylor's performance went uncredited! Joan Fontaine plays the adult Jane and Orson Welles plays Mr. Rochester. Child actress Margaret O'Brien plays Mr. Rochester's French ward Adele. Shame on Netflix for not carrying this film!