Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor
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Elizabeth Taylor Biography

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor DBE (born February 27, 1932) is an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning actress. She was long considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and, arguably, the most beautiful American actress of all time. Her trademark is her dazzling violet-blue eyes. Many consider her the last icon of Hollywood's golden era.

She was born in Hampstead, London, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor (December 28, 1897 – November 20, 1968) and Sara Viola Warmbrodt (August 21, 1896 – September 11, 1994), who were Americans residing in Britain. Her older brother is Howard Taylor (born in 1929). Though sometimes referred to as "Liz," she is not fond of that name and prefers her given name to be pronounced Eee-lizabeth. Her first names are in honor of her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor, who was born Elizabeth Mary Rosemond. Taylor was born with U.S. nationality. Both of her American parents were originally from Arkansas City, Kansas. Her father was an art dealer and her mother a former actress whose stage name was Sara Sothern. Sara retired from the stage when she and Francis Taylor married in 1926 in New York. Elizabeth Taylor at age 12 in National Velvet At the age of 3, Elizabeth began taking ballet lessons. After the UK entered World War II, her parents decided to return to the United States to avoid hostilities. Her mother took the children first, while her father remained in London to wrap up matters in the art business. They settled in Los Angeles, California, where Sara's family, the Warmbrodts, were then living. Taylor appeared in her first motion picture at the age of 9 for Universal. They let her contract drop, and she was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Her first movie with that studio was Lassie Come Home (1943), which drew favorable attention. After a couple more movies, the second on loan-out to 20th Century Fox, she appeared in her first leading role and achieved child star status playing Velvet Brown, a young girl who trains a horse to win the Grand National in Clarence Brown's movie National Velvet (1944) with Mickey Rooney. National Velvet was a big hit, grossing over $4,000,000 at the box-office, and she was signed to a long-term contract. She attended school on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot and received a diploma from University High School in Los Angeles on January 26, 1950, the same year she was first married at age 18.

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Elizabeth Taylor Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2005 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards Artistic Excellence in International Entertainment Won
1995 Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress The Flintstones (1994). Nominated
1985 Golden Apple Awards Female Star of the Year Won
1984 CableACE Awards Actress in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program Between Friends (1983) (TV). Nominated
1974 Golden Globes, USA World Film Favorite - Female Won

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Elizabeth Taylor Trivia

  • She was bridesmaid for Jane Powell for her first marriage. Powell was bridesmaid for Taylor at her first marriage.
  • Ranked #72 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • Discharged from hospital, but later rushed back in after a suffering a brain seizure. Said to be comfortable. [26 February 1997]
  • Underwent successful surgery to remove the benign brain tumor. [20 February 1997]
  • Has four children and nine grandchildren.
  • Mother of Chris and Michael Wilding Jr.
  • Her daughter, Liza Todd Burton, with Michael Todd, is a sculptor, who has two sons, Quinn and Rhys, with her husband artist Hap Tivey
  • Has appeared solo on the cover of PEOPLE magazine 14 times, second only to Princess Diana (as of 1996).
  • Liz and Richard Burton appeared together on stage in a 1983 revival of "Private Lives."
  • Her episode of "Biography" (1987) was the highest-rated episode of that series on Arts & Entertainment (thru the end of 1995).
  • American Film Institute Life Achievement Award [1993]
  • Liz was a close friend of Montgomery Clift until his death in 1966. They met for the first time when Paramount decided that she had to accompany him to the premiere of The Heiress (1949) because they were both to star in the upcoming A Place in the Sun (1951). They liked each other right away. Clift used to call her "Bessie Mae". When he had a car accident a few years later that disfigured him, he had just left a party at Liz's house. It was she who found him first, got into the wreck and removed some teeth from his throat that threatened to choke him.
  • Her perfumes have been Passion (1987), White Diamonds (1991), Diamonds and Rubies, Diamonds and Emeralds, Diamonds and Sapphares and Black Pearls (1995).
  • At one point during Elizabeth's life-threatening illness while filming Cleopatra (1963), the actress was actually pronounced dead.
  • First actress to earn US$1,000,000 for a movie role (in Cleopatra (1963).)
  • Along with actress Julie Andrews, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve, 1999.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#16). [1995]
  • Mother-in-law of Brooke Palance.
  • Lives in BelAir house once owned by Frank Sinatra when he was married to first wife, Nancy.
  • Born at 2:15 AM GMT
  • Has owned some of the world's most magnificent jewelry, including the the 33-carat "Krupp Diamond", the Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, the Grand Duchess of Russia emeralds, the "LaPeregina Pearl" (which was a Valentine present from her from Richard Burton), and the famous pear-shaped 69-carat "Burton-Cartier Diamond" Burton gave her in 1969 (subsequently renamed the "Burton-Taylor Diamond."
  • Considers Michael Jackson among her closest friends.
  • In the early 1970s, she planned to star in the movie version of the hit 1971 Broadway play 'Twigs' written by George Furth in which she would have played four characters -- three sisters and their aged, cranky Bronx-Irish mother -- never materialized.
  • Stepmother of the late Michael Todd Jr., who actually as three years older than her.
  • She is a recipient of the 2002 John F. Kennedy Center Honors.
  • Admitted in an interview with Barbara Walters in the late 1990s that she would still like to act but, because of her medical problems, no movie company will insure her. In addition to many other medical problems, including a benign brain tumor she had removed, she has broken her back four times. This causes her severe pain when walking or standing for long amounts of time.
  • She is mentioned in the song "Lady Nina" by rock band Marillion.
  • The stories of her Oscar win for BUtterfield 8 (1960) have grown legendary. It is generally accepted as truth that she won Oscar voters by a vote of sympathy, because of the recent death of her husband, Michael Todd, and her near-fatal illness and emergency tracheotomy to save her life (her scar was very visible on Oscar night). Wisecracker and Rat Pack member Shirley MacLaine, who was favored to win for her role in The Apartment (1960), said afterwards that "I lost out to a tracheotomy."
  • Measurements: 36C-21-36 (for the majority of her film career), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • The premiere of her film Father of the Bride (1950) took place two days after her real-life marriage to Conrad Hilton Jr.. The publicity surrounding the event is credited with helping to make the film so successful. The marriage lasted as long as the 3 month European honeymoon. Irreconcilable differences were cited in the divorce court.
  • She was voted the 11th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Daughter, Maria Burton, (with Richard Burton) born August 1, 1961.
  • Ranked #7 in the American Film Insitutes list of the 50 'Greatest American Screen Legends', the top 25 male and top 25 female.
  • Although born in England, her parents were actually Americans who were just working in England. Her mother was of German descent and her dad was of Scots-Irish descent.
  • She was voted the 40th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
  • Announced in November 2004 she has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but vowed to continue raising funds for AIDS charities and to build a Richard Burton Memorial Theatre in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Is portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) (TV)
  • Was unable to give evidence at Michael Jackson's trial due to illness.
  • She was (along with Marisa Berenson) co-matron of honor at Liza Minnelli's and David Guest's wedding
  • Along with 'Mark Hamill (I)' and Joe Mantegna, she is one of only three actors to play both themselves and a fictional character in "The Simpsons" (1989). She supplied the voice of Maggie Simpsons in the Season Four episode "Lisa's First Word" and portrayed herself in the Season Four episode "Krusty Get Kancelled".
  • She and Richard Burton made together in 12 movies: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The V.I.P.s (1963), Under Milk Wood (1972), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), The Sandpiper (1965), Hammersmith Is Out (1972), Doctor Faustus (1967), Divorce His - Divorce Hers (1973) (TV), The Comedians (1967), Cleopatra (1963), Boom (1968) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
  • In 1969, Richard Burton bought her one of the world's largest and most beautiful diamonds from the jeweler Cartier after losing an auction for the 69-carat, pear-shaped stone to the jeweler, which won with a $1 million bid. The rough diamond that would yield the prized stone weighed 244 carats and was found in 1966 at South Africa's Premier mine. Harry Winston cut and polished the diamond, which was put up for auction in 1969. Burton purchased the diamond from Cartier the next day for $1,069,000 to give to Taylor. The small premium was the result of the publicity Cartier garnered from selling the stone, then-called the "Burton-Cartier Diamond," to the then-"world's most famous couple." Ten years later, the twice-divorced-from-Burton Taylor herself auctioned off the "Buton-Taylor Diamond" to fund a hospital in Botswana. The last recorded sale of the Taylor-Burton was in 1979 for nearly $3,000,000 to an anonymous buyer in Saudi Arabia. The ring was the center of the classic Here's Lucy (1968) episode "Lucy Meets the Burtons," in which Lucy Carter, played by Lucille Ball, gets the famous ring stuck on her finger. The actual ring was used and the episode was the highest rated episode of the very popular series.
  • Auctioned off her diamond-and-emerald engagement ring from Richard Burton to raise money for an AIDS charity.
  • Her third husband Michael Todd gave her a 29-carat diamond ring during their marriage, a feat topped by fifth husband Richard Burton when he gave her the 69-carat "Burton-Cartier" (later renamed "Burton-Taylor") diamond. Fourth-husband Eddie Fisher said that a $50,000 diamond could keep Taylor happy for approximately four days.
  • Was named a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on the Millenium New Year's Honours List, December 31, 1999.
  • Writer Charles Bukowski, in his newspaper column (and later book) "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," revealed that he loathed Taylor as an absurd icon of the celebrity-mad, media-besotted American culture that he despised.
  • 1976: Won the title of "Most Memorable Eyebrows" in a magazine poll. The first runner up was Lassie.
  • Was unable to attend the civil partnership ceremony of her friend Sir Elton John in England due to her illness. (December 2005)


Elizabeth Taylor Photos

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    20th Annual Reel Awards at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on February 24, 2011

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    Celebrity Sightings at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood on May 27, 2010

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    27th Annual Macy's Passport Benefit Gala - Fashion Show

  • Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor

    Michael Jackson File Photos

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    Macy's 2008 Passport Gala - Arrivals

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    Reading of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters"

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