Elizabeth Taylor Biography

One of the great Hollywood stars of the 20th century, Elizabeth Taylor had three fairly distinct career personas: as the winsome child star of movies like National Velvet (1944); as a fiery prima donna, the acknowledged "world's most beautiful woman" and star of movies like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Butterfield 8 (1960); and as an older Hollywood grande dame, tabloid favorite, AIDS activist and friend to pop stars like Elton John and Michael Jackson. Her tempestuous marriage to Welsh actor Richard Burton made them Hollywood's reigning couple in the 1960s: they starred together as lovers in the big-budget epic Cleopatra (1963, with Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and Richard Burton as Marc Antony) and then played bitterly battling spouses in the 1966 film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Taylor had seven husbands and eight marriages in all: hotelier Nicky Hilton (1950-51, divorced), actor Michael Wilding (1952-57, divorced), producer Mike Todd (1957 until his 1958 death in a plane crash), singer Eddie Fisher (1959-64, divorced), actor Richard Burton (1964-74, divorced), Burton again (1975-76, divorced again), politician John Warner (1976-82, divorced), and construction worker Larry Fortensky (1991-96, divorced). Elizabeth Taylor won best actress Oscars for Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II. She died in Los Angeles in 2011 of congestive heart failure.

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Elizabeth Taylor had two sons with Michael Wilding: Michael Howard Wilding (b. 1953) and Christopher Edward Wilding (b. 1955)... Elizabeth Taylor was the first actress to earn a million dollars for one film, for 1963's Cleopatra... Elizabeth Taylor was born in London but her parents were American: her father was an art dealer, her mother an actress... She was played by Lindsay Lohan in the 2012 TV movie Liz and Dick.

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