- NAME: Elizabeth Taylor
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress
- BIRTH DATE: February 27, 1932
- DEATH DATE: March 23, 2011
- PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England
- PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
- Nickname: Liz Taylor
- Full Name: Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE
- Originally: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
- AKA: Elizabeth Taylor
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Actress Elizabeth Taylor starred in films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Butterfield 8, but was just as famous for her violet eyes and scandalous love life.
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Born in London on February 27, 1932, Elizabeth Taylor made her film debut in One Born Every Minute (1942) and achieved stardom with National Velvet (1944). Although she won Academy Awards for her work in Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1965), Taylor was just as famous for her many marriages, extensive jewelry collection and stunning violet eyes.
"I think I'm finally growing up—and about time."
"My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked."
"I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife."
"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses."
"One problem with people who have no vices is that they're pretty sure to have some annoying virtues."
"Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells."
"You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal."
"If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down."
"I, along with the critics, have never taken myself very seriously."
"I'm not taking anything away from Debbie [Reynolds] because she never really had it."
"[Michael Jackson] is one of the most normal people I know."
"I'm more of a man's woman. With men, there's a kind of twinkle that comes out. I sashay up to a man. I walk up to a woman."
"I don't want to be a sex symbol. I would rather be a symbol of a woman who makes mistakes, perhaps, but a woman who loves."
"It would be glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger."
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932, in London, England. One of film's most celebrated stars, Elizabeth Taylor has fashioned a career that's covered more than six decades, accepting roles that have not only showcased her beauty, but her ability to take on emotionally charged characters.
Taylor's American parents, both art dealers, were residing in London when she was born. Soon after the outbreak of World War II, the Taylors returned to the United States and settled into their new life in Los Angeles.
Performance was in Taylor's blood. Her mother had worked as an actress until she married. At the age of 3, the young Taylor started dancing, and eventually gave a recital for Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Not long after relocating to California a family friend suggested the Taylors' daughter take a screen test.
She soon signed a contract with Universal Studios, and made her screen debut at the age of 10 in There's One Born Every Minute (1942). She followed that up with a bigger role in Lassie Come Home (1943) and later The White Cliffs of Dover (1944).
Her breakout role, however, came in 1944 with National Velvet, in a role Elizabeth Taylor spent four months working to get. The film subsequently turned out to be a huge hit that pulled in more than $4 million and made the 12-year-old actress a huge star.
In the glare of the Hollywood spotlight, the young actress showed she was more than adept at handling celebrity's tricky terrain. Even more impressive was the fact that, unlike so many child stars before and after her, Taylor proved she could make a seamless transition to more adult roles.
Her stunning looks helped. At just 18 she played opposite Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride (1950). Taylor also showed her acting talents in 1954 with three films: The Last Time I Saw Paris, Rhapsody, and Elephant Walk, the latter of which saw Taylor take on the role of a plantation owner's wife who is in love with the farm's manager.
Her personal life only boosted the success of her films. For a time she dated millionaire Howard Hughes, then at the age of 17, Elizabeth Taylor made her first entrance into marriage, when she wed hotel heir, Nicky Hilton.
The union didn't last long and, in 1952, Taylor was walking down the aisle again—this time to marry actor Michael Welding. In all, Taylor has married eight times during life, including twice to actor Richard Burton.
While her love life continued to make international headlines, Taylor continued to shine showed as an actress.
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