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Elizabeth Taylor

Actress Elizabeth Taylor

Profession: Actress

United Kingdom

Why Famous: Elizabeth Taylor is regarded as the epitome of a film star - for her beauty, glamorous lifestyle and for her acting. She came to fame as a child actress in the film "National Velvet" aged 12 before moving on to adult roles such as "A Place in the Sun" before she was 20. She was nominated for an Oscar 4 years in a row, winning for Butterfield 8 and also for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". She was the first actress to receive 1 million for her role in "Cleopatra".

It was while making "Cleopatra" that she met Richard Burton and began her most famous and tempestuous relationship. They were to marry and divorce twice. In total Taylor married 7 times.

In later life Taylor was known for her support and fundraising for AIDS causes and was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993 for this. Taylor was famous for her love of jewels and her remarkable collection was the most valuable jewellery auction ever. Taylor was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2000.

Born: February 27, 1932
Birthplace: London, England

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: March 23, 2011 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1950-05-06 Elizabeth Taylor (18) marries for the 1st time to hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (23)
  • 1951-01-29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 1st divorce from hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr
  • 1952-02-21 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (19) marries for the 2nd time to actor Michael Wilding (39)
  • 1957-01-31 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 2nd divorce from actor Michael Wilding
  • 1957-02-02 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to producer Mike Todd (47)
  • 1959-05-12 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)
  • 1964-03-06 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 4th divorce from entertainer Eddie Fisher
  • 1964-03-15 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (32) marries for the 5th time to actor Richard Burton (38)
  • 1974-06-26 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 5th divorce from actor Richard Burton
  • 1975-10-10 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (43) 6th marriage and remarriage to actor Richard Burton (49)
  • 1976-08-01 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)
  • 1976-12-04 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)
  • 1982-11-07 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 7th divorce from politician John Warner
  • 1991-10-06 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (59) weds for 8th time to construction worker Larry Fortensky (39)

Historical Events

  • 1951-08-14 "A Place in the Sun", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1952)
  • 1956-10-10 "Giant", directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean in his last role, premieres in NYC
  • 1960-03-10 17th Golden Globes: "Ben-Hur", Anthony Franciosa, & Elizabeth Taylor win
  • 1961-04-17 33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress
  • 1963-06-12 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC, then most expensive film ever made
  • 1966-06-21 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1962 play of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1967)
  • 1967-04-10 39th Academy Awards: "A Man For All Seasons," Best Picture, Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Scofield best actress/actor
  • 1984-09-29 Elizabeth Taylor undergoes rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic
  • 1993-03-29 Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for work for AIDs causes at 65th Academy Awards
  • 1994-01-17 Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

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