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While many people think of Elizabeth Taylor as a British actress she only lived in England until she was 7 years old. Her parents were Americans from Kansas living and working abroad when she was born. Just before WWII broke out they came home to avoid being on foreign soil during the hostilities.
She grew up in Los Angeles, California. The stunning dark beauty with those eyes of violet made her first movie at the age of 9 when she appeared in There's One Born Every Minute. It was the only movie she made for Universal Pictures. The studio production chief, Edward Muhl, stated "She can't sing, she can't dance, she can't perform. What's more, her mother has to be one of the most unbearable women it has been my displeasure to meet." Universal canceled her contract.
Remember the line from Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts tells the store clerk "Big mistake. Huge!"? Huge mistake for them, but for Elizabeth Taylor it was one door closing and another opening to bigger and better things.
Ms Taylor was as well known for her turbulent loves, marriages, and subsequent divorces as she is for her beauty and movie roles.
Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (6 May 1950 - 29 January 1951) (divorced)
Michael Wilding (21 February 1952 - 26 January 1957) (divorced)
**Michael Todd (2 February 1957 - 22 March 1958) (widowed)
Eddie Fisher (12 May 1959 - 6 March 1964) (divorced)
Richard Burton (15 March 1964 - 26 June 1974) (divorced)
Richard Burton (10 October 1975 - 29 July 1976) (divorced)
John Warner (4 December 1976 - 7 November 1982) (divorced)
Larry Fortensky (6 October 1991 - 31 October 1996) (divorced)
Some of the Many Beautiful Faces of Dame Elizabeth Taylor
If you are too young to remember her beauty, the way she lit up the screen or her wonderful acting skills, take a look at this short video montage. You may then begin to understand why she is so very special.
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor Movies on DVD
Elizabeth Taylor on What's My Line
I love this video. Her sense of humor shines as she is questioned.
The Late Elizabeth Taylor
This lens was written before the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. I was ready to publish it and woke to find she had left us. She had been hospitalized many times over her life. Many times she was near death only to come back and again make the world her stage, drawing attention to her charities. We wanted to believe she would overcome her health problems once again. It was not to be.
Rest in Peace, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. You are and will be missed for a very long time.