Liz Taylor in Upland

Proving once again that there’s a local angle to everything, Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79, once filmed a movie in the Inland Valley.

Specifically, “Sweet Bird of Youth,” a made-for-TV movie from 1989 in which the 57-year-old Taylor costarred with Mark Harmon in an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play. It was Taylor’s last significant role.

Filming took place over two days, May 11 and 12, 1989, in downtown Upland, which stood in for a 1950s Florida town. Some 140 local extras were part of the production.

Were you one of them? Did any of you witness the filming or watch the movie? What did you see?

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