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Also Known As: Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor Died: March 23, 2011
Born: February 27, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, lobbyist

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With the arguable exception of Marilyn Monroe, no other star from Hollywood's Golden Age exerted a more enduring hold on the public's imagination than Elizabeth Taylor. For nearly 70 years, the press chronicled every element of Taylor's very public private life, which was fraught with more melodrama, romantic intrigue, and scandal than the collected works of Jacqueline Susann and Harold Robbins combined. The eight marriages (and counting), medical crises, and headline-grabbing meltdowns all but eclipsed the fact that Taylor twice won the Best Actress Academy Award, for "Butterfield 8" (1960) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), respectively. Or that the American Film Institute ranked the five-time Oscar nominee seventh on its list of the "25 greatest women screen legends" in 1999. And while Taylor's filmography was littered with critical and commercial flops - most infamously the epic box disaster "Cleopatra" (1963) - she also gave indelible performances in such classics as "National Velvet" (1944), "A Place in the Sun" (1951), "Giant" (1956) and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958). Ironically, the raven-haired, violet-eyed screen siren elicited more pity than awe when she entered the world...

With the arguable exception of Marilyn Monroe, no other star from Hollywood's Golden Age exerted a more enduring hold on the public's imagination than Elizabeth Taylor. For nearly 70 years, the press chronicled every element of Taylor's very public private life, which was fraught with more melodrama, romantic intrigue, and scandal than the collected works of Jacqueline Susann and Harold Robbins combined. The eight marriages (and counting), medical crises, and headline-grabbing meltdowns all but eclipsed the fact that Taylor twice won the Best Actress Academy Award, for "Butterfield 8" (1960) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), respectively. Or that the American Film Institute ranked the five-time Oscar nominee seventh on its list of the "25 greatest women screen legends" in 1999. And while Taylor's filmography was littered with critical and commercial flops - most infamously the epic box disaster "Cleopatra" (1963) - she also gave indelible performances in such classics as "National Velvet" (1944), "A Place in the Sun" (1951), "Giant" (1956) and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958).

Ironically, the raven-haired, violet-eyed screen siren elicited more pity than awe when she entered the world on Feb. 27, 1932. The second child of Francis and Sara Taylor, American expatriates living in London, the infant Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor suffered from hypertrichosis; which left her tiny body completely covered in soft black hair. Although her parents were understandably alarmed, their worries vanished after a few weeks, when the unsightly hair fell away, revealing their newborn daughter's exquisite beauty. While Francis Taylor managed his uncle's art gallery, Sara lavished attention on Elizabeth, whom she simultaneously indulged and controlled. Both Elizabeth and her adored older brother Howard, three years her senior, were raised in privilege. Every whim was indulged, but at the same time, Sara carefully groomed Elizabeth to carry herself with poise, particularly after the four-year-old captivated the audience with her impromptu solo performance during a dance recital. A former actress with a handful of 1920s-era stage roles to her credit, Sara immediately recognized her daughter's nascent star quality. The same could not be said, however, of Hollywood film executives.

In 1941, two years after the Taylors left London to settle in Los Angeles, Sara Taylor finagled a six-month contract for nine-year-old Elizabeth at Universal Pictures; the ever enterprising stage mother had befriended the wife of Universal Pictures chairman J. Cheever Chowdin. Then a shy and sheltered little girl, Elizabeth made her inauspicious screen debut in a Universal short film, "There's One Born Every Minute" (1942) co-starring Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer of "Our Gang" fame. Taylor's performance as a bratty little girl in this quickie programmer failed to impress Universal's casting director Dan Kelly, who complained that Taylor's "eyes are too old. She doesn't have the face of a kid." Subsequently dismissed by Universal, Taylor soon rebounded with an MGM contract, thanks to her father's friendship with producer Samuel Marx. In the midst of shooting "Lassie Come Home" (1943), starring Roddy McDowall and Donald Crisp, Marx was desperately looking for a young girl to play the small but pivotal role of Priscilla, the granddaughter of a rich Yorkshire landowner. Despite her inexperience - she had no formal training, just her mother's incessant coaching - Taylor nevertheless beat out four other actresses for the part. The resulting film did little to boost her profile on the MGM lot; in fact, the studio promptly loaned her out to 20th Century Fox for a brief role in "Jane Eyre" (1944).

Although her mother micro-managed Taylor's life and career, the 12-year-old MGM contract player was no longer the malleable naïf thrust onto a soundstage, as she had been during her brief Universal tenure. Determined to play the coveted role of Velvet Brown, the horseback riding heroine of "National Velvet," Taylor launched a major charm offensive against Lucille Ryman Carroll, the head of MGM's talent department. She won the demanding role, which required her to play an English country girl masquerading as a boy to ride her beloved horse in the Grand National Steeplechase. Under Clarence Brown's sensitive direction, Taylor gave a spirited and utterly assured performance in this heartwarming adaptation of Enid Bagnold's novel, co-starring Mickey Rooney, Anne Revere, and another fresh-faced newcomer, Angela Lansbury. Thanks to "National Velvet," Taylor finally became a bona fide movie star. Unlike many of her classmates at the studio's little red schoolhouse, she never went through a career-ending "awkward stage." The ethereally lovely adolescent blossomed into a drop-dead gorgeous ingénue, equally believable playing teenagers and older women alike. In 1949, the same year she played Amy March in MGM's glossy remake of "Little Women," the studio cast the 17-year-old as Robert Taylor's wife in the espionage thriller, "Conspirator." She acquitted herself nicely in both roles, but the proverbial jury was still out as to whether Taylor was an actress of depth, rather than simply a glamorous leading lady.

If not for director George Stevens, Taylor might have continued providing little more than eye candy in MGM films, like the crowd-pleasing "Father of the Bride" (1950), starring Spencer Tracy. Stevens, however, saw in Taylor the vulnerability, passionate abandon, and inner strength to play Angela Vickers, the ravishing socialite heroine of "A Place in the Sun" (1951), his adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's classic novel, An American Tragedy. Not since "National Velvet," had she tackled such a demanding role - or given such a multi-dimensional performance as Taylor did here, as the patrician girlfriend of a poor but rabidly ambitious factory worker, so desperate to get ahead that he commits murder. Challenged by Stevens and co-stars Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters, Taylor erased any lingering doubts that she had the dramatic chops to tackle difficult roles. A critical and commercial smash, nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, "A Place in the Sun" should have brought Taylor choice dramatic assignments from MGM. By and large, however, the films she made over the next five years were mediocre at best. During this time, Taylor was generating more ink for her marriages - first, to hotel magnate Nicky Hilton (who she later claimed physically abused her), followed closely by British actor Michael Wilding (who would father two of her three children) - than her performances in such middling star vehicles as "The Girl Who Had Everything" (1953) and "The Last Time I Saw in Paris" (1954).

Once again, George Stevens effectively came to Taylor's professional rescue with another juicy role: the female lead in his sweeping, big-budget adaptation of Edna Ferber's Texas family saga, "Giant" (1956), co-starring Rock Hudson and James Dean. To play Leslie Benedict, a headstrong yet compassionate Virginia belle married to wealthy Texas cattle rancher Jordan "Bick" Benedict (Hudson), Taylor had to age 30-odd years convincingly. That she was more believable as a radiant newlywed than a graying, dowdy grandmother did not diminish what was an excellent performance that held up beautifully. Yet while her male co-stars both received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor - Dean, posthumously - Taylor's finely modulated performance in "Giant" was overlooked by the Motion Picture Academy. Despite the snub for her work in "Giant," Taylor received something more - a chance to form on location a lifelong close friendship with Hudson - one of several of her closest closeted gay best friends; the others being Monty Clift and fellow child star, Roddy McDowall.

A year later, she would finally receive the first of her five Academy Award nominations, for a film that The New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther savaged as a "formless amoeba of a thing:" "Raintree County" (1957). Years in the making, MGM's expensive, Cinemascope adaptation of Ross Lockridge Jr.'s Civil War-era novel cast Taylor as Susanna Drake, a mentally unstable New Orleans beauty married to an idealistic Midwesterner (Montgomery Clift) fighting for the Union. Taylor's histrionic performance was the only spark in this turgid, overblown film, laboriously directed by Edward Dmytryk, that was chiefly remembered for Clift's unfortunate appearance. A near-fatal car accident during the film's production - which occurred after leaving Taylor's home in the Hollywood Hills - had left his formerly handsome face disfigured, so there was no consistency as to how he photographed throughout "Raintree County." Since the accident occurred not far from the Wilding home, not only did she race to Clift's side and keep him from choking to death by removing two of his teeth which had become lodged in his throat, she would nurse him back to health and provide as much nurturing as the tortured actor would allow. Due in no small part to personal demons and his inability to accept his disfigurement, Clift would become self-destructive through drink and pills and yet another imploder who Taylor would try to help save.

Whereas "Raintree County" was best forgotten, Taylor's follow-up featured one of her very best performances. Unfortunately, as was becoming the norm in her life - career highlights came in tandem with personal tragedies. Having divorced Wilding in 1957 and that same year married husband No. 3 - film producer Mike Todd - Taylor was, for the first time in her married life, blissfully happy with a man completely in love with her. She had recently given birth to their daughter, Elizabeth "Liza" Todd and was feeling a bit under the weather when Todd took a trip she had intended to accompany him on. Unfortunately the showman's private plane, "the Lucky Liz" crashed near Grants, NM on March 22, 1958. Taylor was so grief stricken, she had to be sedated upon hearing the news. Still grieving the loss of her larger-than-life showman husband, she nonetheless plunged into the role of Maggie in Richard Brooks' powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Broadway smash, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958). The role fit Taylor's screen persona as tightly as the slip she wears in many scenes: Maggie is tempestuous yet tender; a vulnerable woman who refuses to be an emotional doormat. The scenes between Taylor and co-star Paul Newman crackled with sexual electricity. The film would bring Taylor her second Academy Award nomination. But at the same time she experienced this accolade, she found herself again making news for other, more salacious reasons.

While grieving the loss of Todd throughout 1958, Taylor had grown extremely close to his best friend, crooning sensation, Eddie Fisher. Unfortunately for any wife of a man within 10 feet of Taylor for more than an hour - she did not stand a chance. The wife in question, just happened to be musical screen star, Debbie Reynolds. Together with Fisher, the couple had been "America's Sweethearts" for several years - even double-dating with Todd and Taylor on occasion. Unfortunately, Taylor and Fisher fell in love - or something akin to that; more likely a shared grief instead - breaking up the "perfect marriage" of Fisher and Reynolds. It did not bode well for either Fisher or Taylor that Reynolds was often photographed solo with her two children, Carrie and Todd, securing the sympathy vote as the wronged woman. For the first time in her life, Taylor experienced a radical shift in public opinion: from sympathy at the loss of Todd, to outright rancor and disgust for stealing another woman's husband. Indeed, the Fisher/Taylor/Reynolds dust-up ended up being the biggest Hollywood scandal of the 1950s. Taylor's career would eventually recover, but Fisher's fans would prove less forgiving - leading to a lifelong addiction to pills and booze for the aging singer.

Despite the tabloid buzz of real life "jezebel," Taylor would return to the Southern Gothic milieu of Tennessee Williams for her next film, "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959), co-starring Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. A lurid psychodrama based on Williams' one-act play Garden District, "Suddenly, Last Summer" was the third and final film starring Taylor and Clift, as he was then spiraling downward into alcoholism and drug addiction. Given the well-documented tensions on the set, where Taylor and Hepburn frequently quarreled with director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and producer Sam Spiegel, it was a wonder that "Suddenly, Last Summer" ever got completed, much less turned out to be such a compelling, albeit overwrought film. As for Taylor, her intense performance as Catherine Holly, an emotionally traumatized young woman scheduled to be lobotomized, earned her a third Academy Award nomination.

Now married to Fisher, Taylor's part in the love triangle three years prior would be forgiven after she nearly died from pneumonia in 1961. Her fight to survive not only made for great copy, it also earned Taylor the Motion Picture Academy's "sympathy vote" for her role as a Manhattan call girl in "Butterfield 8" (1960). Taylor herself had no illusions about why she won the 1960 Best Actress Academy Award for her solid but unremarkable performance in a film she loathed. Everyone else seemed to know the down-low too. Fellow nominee Shirley MacLaine (for "The Apartment") reportedly exclaimed, "I lost to a tracheotomy!" Oscar in hand, Taylor returned to work with a lucrative vengeance: for playing the title role in Fox's mega-budgeted "Cleopatra" (1963), she became the first actor to receive a million dollar fee. Initially greenlit as a $2 million epic, shot in London by veteran Rouben Mamoulian, "Cleopatra" was dogged by costly delays from the start. Mamoulian exited the film, as did Taylor's original co-stars Peter Finch and Stephen Boyd; they were replaced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rex Harrison, and Richard Burton, respectively. Playing Marc Antony to Taylor's Queen of the Nile, the Welsh coal miner's son with the sonorous voice and handsomely ravaged face embarked on a steamy affair with Taylor - often blatantly in front of photographers on vacation. Looking the chump and perhaps experiencing a bit of karma, Fisher could only sit back while his wife continued to cozy up to Burton. Meanwhile, the budget for "Cleopatra" kept soaring as the production dragged on in Rome. When Mankiewicz finally screened his reported six-hour cut of the film for Fox executives, the budget for "Cleopatra" had topped $44 million (approximately $300 million, adjusted for inflation). As for Taylor, she ultimately pocketed a cool $7 million paycheck for "Cleopatra," and husband No. 5, once she and Burton divorced their respective spouses.

The tepidly received "Cleopatra" was the first of nine feature films starring the couple, soon known around the world as "Liz and Dick." Most of their films were negligible, if not downright terrible, like the treacly romantic drama "The Sandpiper" (1965) or "Boom!" (1968), a botched adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. It seemed that Taylor and Burton were too busy living a life of glittery, drunken excess to focus on their film careers. They would marry not once, but twice - first in 1964; then in 1975. All told, only two of their films withstood critical scrutiny: Franco Zefferelli's opulent adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966). It was veteran screenwriter Ernest Lehman's brainstorm to cast Taylor and Burton as Martha and George, the embattled couple playing alcohol-fueled head games with a young professor and his mousy wife, in Mike Nichols' film version of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize winning drama. Rumor had it that would not be much of a stretch for Burton and Taylor, a volatile couple whose boozy, top-volume arguments were already the stuff of tabloid legend. That said, it was difficult to envision the beautiful, 34-year-old Taylor as the foul-mouthed, middle-aged Martha, a part character actress Uta Hagen had played to unanimous acclaim on Broadway. Studio boss Jack Warner had reportedly wanted to cast either Bette Davis or Patricia Neal in the role, rather than Taylor. Whatever reservations critics had about Taylor's casting evaporated, once she appeared onscreen, 25 pounds heavier and wearing a salt-and-pepper wig. Taylor gave a shattering performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" She deservedly won her second Best Actress Academy Award for Nichols' film, which received 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Actor for Burton, who lost to Paul Scofield for "A Man for All Seasons" (1966).

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" marked the artistic peak of Taylor's film career. She continued making films, most notably "The Taming of the Shrew" and John Huston's haunting "Reflections of a Golden Eye" (1967), opposite Marlon Brando. Otherwise, her big screen vehicles over the last 40 years proved uniformly disappointing: "The Only Game in Town" (1970), "The Blue Bird" (1976), and "The Mirror Crack'd" (1980), to name just three. In 1994, she made her last feature film to date: Universal's live-action, big screen version of "The Flintstones." Like many actresses of a certain age, Taylor found better roles on the small screen. She startled soap fans by making an appearance as the evil Helena Cassadine at Luke and Laura's much publicized 1981 wedding on the daytime drama, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). She and Carol Burnett redeemed the soapy, HBO made-for-television film, "Between Friends" (1983). And she returned to the works of Tennessee Williams for Nicholas Roeg's NBC remake of "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1989), bravely playing an over-the-hill actress involved with a much younger gigolo (Mark Harmon). In 2001, she and Debbie Reynolds put the Eddie Fisher scandal behind them to join Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins in the made-for-television comedy "These Old Broads" (ABC, 2001), written by Reynolds' daughter, Carrie Fisher.

Still, aside from her acclaimed, Tony Award nominated performance in Austin Pendleton's 1981 Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes," Taylor never again attempted anything as challenging as Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" She and Burton would work together one last time - in a poorly received Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" in 1983, a year before his death - but acting had long since taken a back seat to Taylor's AIDS activism (in the wake of best friend Rock Hudson's 1985 death from the disease) and thriving perfume business - to say nothing of a continued succession of post-Burton husbands including Senator John Warner in 1976, and later, a construction worker she met in rehab, husband No. 7, Larry Fortensky, in 1991. All would end in divorce. Although frequently plagued by serious illness and, during the 1970s - a very public battle with her weight - Taylor never retreated from the public eye, despite its occasional cruel judgments. It was home to her; a place she had lived comfortably roughly since birth. As she herself once explained, "I've been through it all, baby. I'm mother courage."

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Letter to True, A (2005) Herself
2.
 These Old Broads (2001) Beryl Mason
3.
 Get Bruce (1999) Herself
4.
 Flintstones, The (1994) Pearl Slaghoople
5.
 Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth (1989) Alexandra Del Lago
6.
 Il Giovane Toscanini (1988) Nadia Bulichoff
8.
 Poker Alice (1987) Alice Moffett
9.
 There Must Be a Pony (1986) Marguerite Sydney
10.
 Malice in Wonderland (1985) Louella Parsons
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1939:
Family left London at the start of WWII and moved to Los Angeles, CA
1941:
Signed a contract with Universal Pictures
1942:
Made screen debut at the age of nine in "There's One Born Every Minute"
1942:
Signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer eight months after Universal cancelled her contract
1943:
First film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, "Lassie Come Home"; also first film opposite Roddy McDowall
1944:
Appeared again opposite Roddy McDowall in "The White Cliffs of Dover"
1944:
Achieved child star status playing the leading role in Clarence Brown's "National Velvet"
1949:
Final adolescent role, playing Amy in the American classic "Little Women"
1950:
First adult leading role, playing debutante Melinda Grayton in "Conspirator"
1950:
Co-starred with Spencer Tracy in the romantic comedy "Father of the Bride"
1951:
Reprised role opposite Spencer Tracy in the sequel "Father's Little Dividend"
1951:
Played a beautiful socialite opposite Montgomery Clift in George Stevens' "A Place In The Sun"
1954:
Played the lead role in "Elephant Walk"
1956:
Achieved critical acclaim playing the female lead in George Stevens's "Giant"; co-starred with Rock Hudson and James Dean
1957:
Re-teamed with Montgomery Clift for "Raintree County"; earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1958:
Co-starred with Paul Newman in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1959:
Again co-starred with Clift in "Suddenly, Last Summer"; first collaboration with future husband, Eddie Fisher
1960:
Won first Academy Award for playing the lead role in "BUtterfield 8"; co-starred then husband Eddie Fisher
1960:
Awarded a record setting contract of $1 million to portray the title role in "Cleopatra"
1963:
Portrayed the title role of the big-budget feature "Cleopatra"; directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Burton, who played Mark Antony, and Taylor began a much publicized off-screen affair during production
1963:
Hosted the CBS TV variety special "Elizabeth Taylor in London"
1965:
Re-teamed with then husband Richard Burton in "The Sandpiper"
1966:
Played Martha opposite Burton's George in Mike Nichols' adaptation of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
1967:
Co-starred with Marlon Brando in the John Hudson-directed "Reflections in a Golden Eye"
1967:
Again collaborated with Burton for "The Comedians"
1970:
Re-teamed with director George Stevens to star in "The Only Game in Town"
1972:
Cast opposite Burton and Peter O'Toole in "Under Milk Wood"
1973:
Made TV-movie debut in the two-part "Divorce His, Divorce Hers"; again collaborating with Richard Burton
1973:
Co-starred with Henry Fonda in "Ash Wednesday"
1980:
Last feature film role for 14 years, "The Mirror Crack'd"; also co-starred Rock Hudson
1981:
Made Broadway debut in a revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress
1981:
Co-narrated (with Orson Welles) the Holocaust compilation documentary "Genocide"
1983:
Produced a Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" starring herself and Richard Burton; produced through a company she formed titled the Elizabeth Theater Group
1985:
Played movie gossip columnist Louella Parsons in the TV-movie "Malice in Wonderland"
1987:
Launched first fragrance "Passion"
1988:
Hosted syndicated TV documentary special "AIDS: The Global Explosion"
1991:
Launched second fragrance "White Diamonds"
1992:
Lent her voice for baby Maggie's first word on Fox animated series "The Simpsons"
1994:
Returned to features for the live-action film "The Flintstones"
2001:
Last major acting performance, the ABC TV-movie "These Old Broads" with Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins
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Education

Vaccani School of Dance: -
University High School: Los Angeles , California - 1950

Notes

She is called 'Elizabeth' by her friends, NEVER 'Liz'.

"The more, the better, has always been my motto."---Elizabeth Taylor quoted in TV Guide, June 4, 1994.

"I'm a dedicated amateur."---Elizabeth Taylor on her acting career.

Made a Dame of the British Empire in December 1999.

Named Commander Arts and Letters by French government in 1985.

Received French Legion of Honor in 1987.

Recipient of Aristotle S. Onassis Foundation Award in 1988 for her AIDS work.

Taylor's box-office record during her peak years is impressive. She placed 2nd in 1958, 4th in 1960, 1st in 1961 (dethroning for one year only the reigning queen of the first half of the 1960s, Doris Day), 6th in 1962 and 1963, 9th in 1965, 3rd in 1966, 6th in 1967 and 10th in 1968.

Taylor underwent replacement surgery on both hips in 1995.

In 1997, Taylor underwent surgery for a benign brain tumor.

Taylor fell in her home on February 27, 1998 (her 66th birthday) and suffered a compression fracture in her lower back.

She re-injured her back in another fall in her home in August 1999.

"I always felt that [Taylor] lived, not in the real world, but in an MGM world. She can't just have an illness. She has to be Camille on her deathbed. We don't live in the same world. Not long ago we were on the same plane. I was in business class, she was in first class with an entourage, so I thought it best not to go through those curtains. Afterwards I was told she'd complained that 'she never comes to say hello to me.' The way she phrased that says a lot. She expected me to pay homage to her."---Carroll Baker, Taylor's co-star in "Giant" told the London Times, June 26, 2000.

Taylor was awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal in January 2001 on behalf of her humanitarian work.

"I got very tongue-tied meeting Elizabeth Taylor. I'm a huge fan. I met Elizabeth with Hugh when she invited us around once for a holiday celebration. I became the village idiot, very shy and gauche, but she was absolutely charming."---Elizabeth Hurly

Elizabeth Taylor underwent radiation therapy in June 2002 to treat basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.

November 2004, Elizabeth Taylor was diagnosed with congestive heart failure

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Nicholas Conrad Hilton Jr. Hotelier. Married on May 6, 1950; divorced in January 29, 1951.
companion:
Stanley Donen. Director. Together briefly in 1951.
husband:
Michael Wilding. Actor. Married on February 21, 1952, filed for divorce on October 4, 1956.
husband:
Mike Todd. Producer, promoter, showman. Married on February 2, 1957 until his death in a plane crash in New Mexico on March 23, 1958.
husband:
Eddie Fisher. Singer; actor. Married in 1959; divorced on March 6, 1964.
husband:
Richard Burton. Actor. Married on March 15, 1964 in Montreal; divorced on June 26, 1974; remarried on October 1975; divorced again in summer 1976; died in 1984.
husband:
John Warner. Politician, US Senator. Married on December 4, 1976; divorced on November 7, 1982; Republican Senator from Virginia.
companion:
Victor Luna. Attorney. Mexican; Taylor broke off engagement in August 1984.
companion:
Dennis Stein. Business executive. Taylor broke off engagement in 1985.
husband:
Larry Fortensky. Teamster; construction-equipment operator. Married on October 6, 1991 at Michael Jackson's "Neverland" ranch in Santa Ynez, California; born in 1952 in Stanton, California; met at the Betty Ford Clinic in 1987; has one daughter by first wife, Julie Fortensky (born 1972); filed for divorce in February 1996; divorced in November 1996.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Francis Taylor. Art dealer. American.
mother:
Sara Taylor. Actor. American; born in 1895; died in 1994 at age of 99.
brother:
Howard Taylor. Older.
son:
Michael Wilding. Actor, restaurateur. Born on January 6, 1953; father, Michael Wilding; daughter Laele (born in 1961) gave birth to Taylor's first great-grandchild, Finnian McMurray on August 23, 1998.
son:
Christopher Wilding. Photographer, film editor. Born on February 27, 1955; from 1981 to 1989 was married to Aileen Getty (born in 1959; granddaughter of J Paul Getty; tested positive for AIDS c. 1990); had two children together Caleb, born c. 1983) and Andrew (born c. 1985).
daughter:
Elizabeth Tivey. Born on August 6, 1957; father Mike Todd.
daughter:
Maria Carson. Born c. 1961; German orphan adopted with Richard Burton in 1964.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Nibbles and Me"
"Elizabeth Taylor Takes Off: On Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Self Esteem and Self Image"
"This is Liz Taylor" Consul Books
"Elizabeth Taylor" Robert Hale Publishers
"Elizabeth--The Life and Career of Elizabeth Taylor" W.H. Allen & Co.
"Elizabeth Taylor" Pyramid Books
"For Love of Liz" Manor Books
"Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?" Hart-Davis-MacGibbon
"Richard and Elizabeth" Arthur Baker
"Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star"
"Elizabeth Taylor: Her Life, Her Loves, Her Future" Bantam Books
"Elizabeth Taylor" Galley Press
"Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor" Birch Lane Press
"The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor" HarperCollins
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