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Quotes by Elizabeth Taylor

Updated on March 19, 2013

Who was Elizabeth Taylor?

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London, England on February 27, 1932. Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most celebrated film stars of all time with a career that spanned for more than sixty years. She played many roles and was known well for her beauty, yet was also a star in roles with emotionally charged characters.

At the age of ten, Elizabeth Taylor began her film debut with Universal Studios starring in such movies as: Lassie Come Home, There's One Born Every Minute, and The White Cliffs of Dover. National Velvet was a huge hit in 1944 and made young twelve year old Taylor a star, pulling in over $4 million at the box office.

~ Big girls need big diamonds. ~

~ I fell off my pink cloud with a thud. ~

~ I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife. ~

~ I have a woman's body and a child's emotions. ~

~ I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too - for being married so many times. ~


Her Life & Loves

Unlike many child stars, Elizabeth Taylor was able to transition to more adult roles without any problems, her gorgeous looks didn't hurt her popularity either. She co-starred with Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride (1950) at the young age of eighteen.

Elizabeth Taylor married her first husband at the age of seventeen, a hotel heir by the name of Nicky Hilton. Her first marriage lasted for only a short period of time. She married her second husband, actor Michael Welding in 1952. In all, Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times, including twice to actor Richard Burton.

The 90s were tough for Taylor due to numerous health problems including: congestive heart failure, diabetes, bilateral hip replacements, and a brain tumor removal. Taylor underwent heart surgery in October of 2009. Elizabeth Taylor lost the battle to congestive heart failure on March 23, 2011.

~ I'm a survivor - a living example of what people can go through and survive. ~ Elizabeth Taylor


~ I think I'm finally growing up, and about time. ~

~ Everything makes me nervous, except making films. ~

~ Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells. ~

~ It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. ~

~ I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it. ~

~ 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. ~

~ If it is not to make the world better what is money for? ~

~ Marriage is a great institution.~

~ It's not the having, it's the getting. ~

~ When the sun comes up, I have morals again. ~

~ Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses. ~

~ It's all about hope, kindness and a connection with one another. ~

~ I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them. ~

~ 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. ~

~ You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal. ~

~ It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. ~ Elizabeth Taylor


~ I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage. ~

~ A belly laugh increases the ability of your immune system to fight infections. ~

~ There's still so much more to do, I can't sit back and be complacent, and none of us should be. I get around now in a wheelchair, but I get around.~


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    • Teylina profile image

      Teylina 6 years ago

      You are most welcome. Your choice of pictures was perfect; meant to say so and forgot--great layout and work all-round. She was a truly awesome person so many people did not appreciate, and you did her justice. Thank you.

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      scarlton 6 years ago from Boonville, NC

      Telina and Genna East, Thank You both for your compliments, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      That's why I really appreciate this hub, Genna, because Scarlton brought out the Liz a lot of people didn't know existed because of her later years. It's a good write!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting."

      What a very wise thing to say. I have always admired Elizabeth, and thought there was a lot going on behind those lavender eyes. Nice hub!

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Horrors! I actually remember most of these quotes! Couple of my faves (do remember them!) were about growing up, morals again when the sun comes up, and some of her best leading men were horses and dogs!!! PL-e-e-a-s-e, not a typo on Wilding--think losing him may contributed to losing her mind! Good hub from a different view of Liz. Thanks. Yeah, remember the one about scandals--so true, no matter who. Thanks.