Born on February 27, 1932 Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor or Liz Taylor was an actress of British-American title. Taylor was a child star at MGM and become a great actress during Hollywood's Golden Age. She led a glamorous lifestyle and had an unusual acting ability.
Her first success in in 1944's National Velvet. She starred in Father of the Bride in 1950, A Place in the Sun in 1951, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1958. She won an Academy Award for Butterfield 8 in 1960 and had the starring role in Cleopatra in 1963. She appeared in eleven films with her husband Richard Burton. These included Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf in 1966. Taylor won an academy award for this film. She quieted down in the 1970s and only made occasional appearances in theater and television.
During the 1980s until her death on March 23, 2011 Taylor championed the American Foundation for AIDS Research and founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1993. Taylor received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Legion of Honour and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. She also was awarded a life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. She was 7th on the list of Greatest American Screen Legends.
Adolescent roles for Taylor included the Courage of Lassie in 1946, Life with Father in 1947 and Little Women in 1949. One of Taylor's most endearing roles was A Place in the Sun when she was only 17. She was cast in Callaway Went Thataway in 1951, Ivanhoe in 1952 and the Girl Who Had Everything in 1953. Her next film Rhapsody in 1954 was not received well in the acting categories, but Taylor's beauty was undisputable. She made Elephant Walk, Beau Brummell, and the Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) and The Big Hangover (1954).
1956 saw Taylor with more substantial roles in Giant, Raintree County in 1957 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1958. In the 1960s Taylor was the highest paid actress when she signed a $1 million dollar contract for Cleopatra in 1963. Ultimately Taylor made $7 million for her Cleopatra role. In the 2000s and until her death in 2011 Taylor worked with her charities, did some acting and in 2007 her Love Letters was to raise $1 million for the AIDs foundation.
Taylor was married eight times. Conrad Hilton from 1950 to 1951 ended in divorce and a miscarriage. Michael Wilding in 1952 until 1957 when they divorced. Mike Todd from 1957 to 1958 ended with Todd's death. They had on child. In 1959 Taylor married Eddie Fisher ad they divorced in 1964. She married Richard Burton in 1964, they divorced in 1974 and remarried in 1975 until 1976. Taylor then married John Warner in 1976 and they divorced in1982. Her final marriage was to Larry Fortensky in 1991 but divorced in 1996. Taylor had two sons, a daughter, and an adopted girl from Germany. She became a grandmother at 39 and is survived by ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren and her four children. Taylor also left a jewelry collection reported to be worth $150 million.