Elizabeth Taylor was born on the 27th of February 1932 and died on the 23rd of March 2011, a famous actress from a very early age. As one of the world’s most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty, and distinctive violet eyes.
Although Taylor was born in England, her parents were American art dealers. Her mother had been an actress on the stage until she married, and the family relocated to Los Angeles when she was seven. Her mother had been an actress on the stage, but gave up that vocation when she married.
Elizabeth lived in London until the age of seven, when the family left for the US when the clouds of war began brewing in Europe in 1939. Liz was a leading child star by the age of 12 after her performance in MGM’s National Velvet (1944).
She grew up quickly, and it wasn’t long before she was knocking critics dead as a serious adult actress with films like Giant (1956), Raintree County (1957), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). She reined the box office as the quintessential movie star taking the breath away from viewers with her glamorous looks and those velvet eyes.
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.
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.
In 1974, Taylor starred in ‘Victory at Entebbe’, a made-for-television movie based on an actual event, which involved Israeli hostages being freed from Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Over the next decade, she went on to have roles in productions including ‘A Little Night Music’, ‘The Mirror Crack’d’, ‘All My Children’, ‘Malice in Wonderland’ and the miniseries ‘North and South’.
Taylor’s personal life has been as colourful as her acting career, having gone through seven husbands and eight marriages in her lifetime. Her most famous union was with seven-time Academy Award nominee Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice.
Her first marriage was to Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton, the young hotel chain heir. They wed on the 6th of May 1950. Taylor believed she was in love and also wanted to escape her mother who was quite controlling over the young actress.
Hilton’s drinking and abusive behaviour led to Taylor having a miscarriage and they divorced after nine months.She died of heart failure in hospital, with her four children at her side. And when the New York Times paid tribute to Hollywood’s last movie goddess, it had to admit that Miss Taylor had actually outlived the obituary writer by six years.