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Elizabeth Taylor, Actress: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out .
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Her next films, The V. Elizabeth was to return to fine form, however, with the role of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Her performance as the loudmouthed, shrewish, unkempt, yet still alluring Martha was easily her finest to date. For this she would win her second Oscar and one that was more than well-deserved.

The following year, she and Burton co-starred in The Taming of the Shrew , again giving winning performances. However, her films afterward were box office failures, including Reflections in a Golden Eye , The Comedians Boom! Since then, she has appeared in some movies, both theatrical and made-for-television, and a number of television programs. In February , Elizabeth entered the hospital for the removal of a brain tumor.

The operation was successful. As for her private life, she divorced Burton in , only to remarry him in and divorce him, permanently, in She had two more husbands, U. Senator John Warner and construction worker Larry Fortensky , whom she met in rehab. In , Taylor converted to Judaism, and continued to identify herself as Jewish throughout her life, being active in Jewish causes. In the s, she also developed a successful series of scents.

In her later years, her acting career was relegated to the occasional TV-movie or TV guest appearance. Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, in Los Angeles, from congestive heart failure. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Showing all items.

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Her multiple marriages and divorces, with only one marriage ending in widowhood. She was bridesmaid for Jane Powell for her first marriage. Powell was bridesmaid for Taylor at her first marriage. Discharged from hospital, but later rushed back in after a suffering a brain seizure. Said to be comfortable. Underwent successful surgery to remove the benign brain tumor. She saved Montgomery Clift 's life when he had a near fatal car crash. She entered the car through the back door, crawled to the front seat and removed the two front teeth from Clift's throat that threatened to choke him.

Liz and Richard Burton appeared together on stage in a revival of "Private Lives. Liz was a close friend of Montgomery Clift until his death in They met for the first time when Paramount decided that she had to accompany him to the premiere of The Heiress because they were both to star in the upcoming A Place in the Sun They liked each other right away.

Clift used to call her "Bessie Mae". When he had a car accident a few years later that disfigured him, he had just left a party at Liz's house. It was she who found him first, got into the wreck and removed some teeth from his throat that threatened to choke him. At one point during her life-threatening illness while filming BUtterfield 8 , she was actually pronounced dead. Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the Sexiest Stars in film history Mother-in-law of Brooke Palance and Margaret Carlton.

She owned some of the world's most magnificent jewelry, including the carat "Krupp Diamond", the Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, the Grand Duchess of Russia emeralds, the "LaPeregina Pearl" which was a Valentine present to her from Richard Burton , and the famous pear-shaped carat "Burton-Cartier Diamond" Burton gave her in subsequently renamed the "Burton-Taylor Diamond. Considered Michael Jackson among her closest friends. In the early s, she planned to star in the movie version of the hit Broadway play "Twigs" by George Furth , in which she would have played four characters -- three sisters and their aged, cranky Bronx-Irish mother -- but the project never materialized.

Stepmother of the late Michael Todd Jr. She was a recipient of the John F. Admitted in an interview with Barbara Walters in the late s that she was still willing to act but, because of her medical problems, no movie company would insure her. In addition to many other medical problems, including a benign brain tumor she had removed, she has broken her back four times.

This caused her severe pain when walking or standing for long amounts of time. The stories of her Oscar win for BUtterfield 8 have grown legendary.

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It is generally accepted as truth that she won Oscar voters by a vote of sympathy, because of the recent death of her husband, Mike Todd , and her near-fatal illness and emergency tracheotomy to save her life her scar was very visible on Oscar night. Wisecracker and Rat Pack member Shirley MacLaine , who was favored to win for her role in The Apartment , said afterwards that "I lost out to a tracheotomy. The premiere of her film Father of the Bride took place two days after her real-life marriage to Conrad Hilton Jr. The publicity surrounding the event is credited with helping to make the film so successful.

The marriage lasted as long as the 3 month European honeymoon. Irreconcilable differences were cited in the divorce court. Two sons with Michael Wilding: Although born in England, her parents were actually Americans, who were just working in England. Her ancestry included English with many colonial American roots going back to the s , as well as Swiss-German from an immigrant maternal great-grandfather , Northern Irish Scots-Irish , French, and more distant Dutch, Welsh, and Danish.

Announced in November she has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but vowed to continue raising funds for AIDS charities and to build a Richard Burton Memorial Theatre in Cardiff, Wales. Is portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Was unable to give evidence at Michael Jackson 's trial due to illness. Along with Mark Hamill and Joe Mantegna , she was one of only three actors to play both themselves and a fictional character in The Simpsons She and Richard Burton starred together in 11 movies: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

She had an uncredited cameo in Burton's film Anne of the Thousand Days The rough diamond that would yield the prized stone weighed carats and was found in at South Africa's Premier mine. Harry Winston cut and polished the diamond, which was put up for auction in The small premium was the result of the publicity Cartier garnered from selling the stone, then called the "Burton-Cartier Diamond," to the then "world's most famous couple.

The ring was the center of the classic Here's Lucy episode "Lucy Meets the Burtons," in which Lucy Carter, played by Lucille Ball , gets the famous ring stuck on her finger. The actual ring was used and the episode was the highest rated episode of the very popular series. Her third husband Mike Todd gave her a carat diamond ring during their marriage, a feat topped by fifth husband Richard Burton when he gave her the carat "Burton-Cartier" later renamed "Burton-Taylor" diamond. Writer Charles Bukowski , in his newspaper column and later book "Notes of a Dirty Old Man", revealed that he loathed Taylor as an absurd icon of the celebrity-mad, media-besotted American culture that he despised.

Won the title of "Most Memorable Eyebrows" in a magazine poll. The first runner up was Lassie.


Was unable to attend the civil partnership ceremony of her friend Sir Elton John in England due to her illness. He then flew to Dahomey, Africa, where she was shooting The Comedians with Richard Burton to personally deliver the award, a development Burton thought odd. Several years later Brando socialized with the Burtons, visiting them on their famous yacht the Kalizma, while they plied the Mediterreanean.

Brando's ex-wife Anna Kashfi , in her book "Brando for Breakfast" , claimed that Brando and Burton got into a fist fight aboard the yacht, probably over Liz, but nothing of the incident appears in Burton's voluminous diaries. In his diaries, Burton found Brando to be quite intelligent but believed he suffered, like Liz did, from becoming too famous too early in his life and believed their affinity for one another was based on this both Liz and Marlon would later befriend Michael Jackson , another superstar-cum-legend who had become too famous too soon.

Burton recognized Brando as a great actor, but felt he would have been more suited to silent films due to the deficiency in his voice the famous "mumble". As a silent film star, Burton believed Brando would have been the greatest motion picture actor ever. In , she introduced a line of diamond and precious stone jewelry called "House of Taylor". The designs were said to be inspired by certain favorite pieces in her own collection. She actually wrote a book on jewelry and is considered to be an authority on the subject.

Cancelled her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, prompting renewed fears about her health. However, Taylor - who also pulled out in due to health problems - was replaced by Sharon Stone and Liza Minnelli at the gala.

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Underwent radiation therapy in for basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. After her son Michael had renounced his American citizenship for possession of marijuana, the U. Congress passed a bill to block his deportation Her beloved dog, a Maltese named Sugar, died in Some months later, she purchased Daisy, one of Sugar's descendants. Her older brother Howard Taylor was born in Appeared on Larry King Live to refute claims that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and was close to death.

Godmother of Paris Jackson. Godmother of Prince Michael. In Italy, she was exclusively dubbed until the mids by Germana Calderini. As she matured, she was dubbed by Fiorella Betti.


For two of her most celebrated roles--Leslie Lynnton Benedict in Giant and Catherine Holly in Suddenly, Last Summer --Taylor was dubbed respectively by Micaela Giustiniani and Lydia Simoneschi , the only time either actress lent their voice to her. In a interview with Entertainment Tonight 's Mary Hart , Taylor revealed that she had recently telephoned ex-husband Eddie Fisher and spoke to him for the first time in nearly forty years.

Painful hip replacements in the mids largely contributed to the demise of her last marriage. Mentioned in Walter Kirn 's novel "Thumbsucker". Taylor and Shirley Jones are the only actresses to win Oscars for playing prostitutes in the same year: She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.

Her first Oscar nomination for Raintree County marks her first of 4 consecutive nominations, a feat she shares with Jennifer Jones , Thelma Ritter , Marlon Brando and Al Pacino Hospitalized with congestive heart failure and pneumonia in July and was briefly on a life support machine. Underwent heart surgery in October to repair a leaky valve.

Was a heavy smoker from ages 18 to 58, usually two packs a day. She finally quit at her physician's recommendation following a severe bout with pneumonia in Returned to work seven months after giving birth to her daughter Liza Todd in order to begin filming Cat on a Hot Tin Roof First husband Conrad Hilton Jr. Fourth husband Eddie Fisher was a close friend of her late husband Mike Todd. Fisher left his wife Debbie Reynolds to be with Taylor.

Ex-husband Larry Fortensky underwent five hours of brain surgery and was in a coma for six weeks after falling off a balcony on January 28, Taylor immediately notified the hospital she would personally guarantee all Fortensky's medical expenses. See the trivia page for the film for more information. Although Taylor was raised as a Christian Scientist, in , at the age of 27, she converted to Judaism. She denied that her conversion was motivated by her marriages to Mike Todd or Eddie Fisher both of whom were Jewish , saying that she had always been drawn to Judaism.

It is traditional for converts to receive a Hebrew equivalent to their names upon conversion since they wouldn't have received one shortly after birth, as those born into Judaism would have ; Taylor's was Elisheba Rachel, Elisheba being the Hebrew for "Elizabeth," and Rachel being the name of Jacob's second wife in the Torah. Her obituary published in The New York Times was written by theater critic and cultural reporter Mel Gussow, who had died in The newspaper's obituary editor said the piece was "too good to throw away". Had a tubal ligation at age 25 and a hysterectomy when she was Delivered all three of her biological children via Caesarean section.

Her biological grandchildren are Leila b. Her adoptive grandchildren are Eliza b. It was placed next to Elizabeth's star at Hollywood Boulevard. A casting agent said of her as a 19 year old: Her eyes are too old. Despite playing their mother on Giant , Taylor was just 2 years older than Fran Bennett , 4 years older than Dennis Hopper and 9 months younger than Carroll Baker. Credited Montgomery Clift with making her take acting seriously. Taylor was so impressed by Clift's incredible preparation and concentration to play a role that she actively began to seek better parts and give more dynamic performances.

She was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of Carol Ferris created in Taylor was 27 years old at the point of her creation. Disliked it when people referred to her by the nickname "Liz". Former neighbor of Julie London. Taylor and her husband, Mike Todd , had planned for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to be her final film, as she intended to retire from the screen.

Todd had made a verbal agreement about this with MGM, but after his death, MGM forced Taylor to make BUtterfield 8 in order to fulfill the terms of her studio contract. As a result, Taylor refused to speak to the director for the entire production, and hated the film. Michael Jackson 's music video "Leave Me Alone" from his album Bad was created as tribute for Elizabeth Taylor, taking several footage of Taylor from her most famous movies, mixing it using the CGI technology that existed in that time. She had a great and loyal friendship with s actor James Dean , who co-starred with her in Giant Dean suddenly died in a car accident in Cholame, California in the early fall of , just before the filming of Giant was wrapping up production.

It was reported that Taylor felt so distressed and devastated upon hearing the news of her good friend's tragic death that she had to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a few days. Has appeared in over 1, magazine covers around the world. Appeared on the cover of Life magazine a record 14 times more than any other movie star , starting when she was just 15 years old. Daughter Elizabeth "Liza" Frances was born six weeks early in she weighed 4 lbs 14 oz at birth. Released soon after Cleopatra , it became a box-office success.

After completing The V.


Their next project, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In order to convincingly play year-old Martha, Taylor gained weight, wore a wig, and used make-up to make herself look old and tired — in stark contrast to her public image as a glamorous film star. In , Taylor and Burton also performed Doctor Faustus for a week in Oxford to benefit the Oxford University Dramatic Society ; he starred and she appeared in her first stage role as Helen of Troy , a part which required no speaking.

It was a drama about a repressed homosexual and his unfaithful wife, and was originally slated to co-star Taylor's old friend Montgomery Clift. His career had been in decline for several years due to his substance-abuse problems, but Taylor was determined to secure his involvement in the project, even offering to pay for his insurance. Taylor's career was in decline by the late s.

She had gained weight, was nearing middle age, and did not fit in with New Hollywood stars such as Jane Fonda and Julie Christie. The three films in which Taylor acted in were somewhat more successful. She then appeared with Burton in the Dylan Thomas adaptation Under Milk Wood ; although her role was small, its producers decided to give her top-billing to profit from her fame. Although it was overall not successful, [] Taylor received some good reviews, with Vincent Canby of The New York Times writing that she has "a certain vulgar, ratty charm", [] and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times stating, "The spectacle of Elizabeth Taylor growing older and more beautiful continues to amaze the population".

Taylor and Burton's last film together was the Harlech Television film Divorce His, Divorce Hers , fittingly named as they divorced the following year. Taylor took fewer roles after the mids, and focused on supporting the career of her sixth husband, Republican politician John Warner. In , she participated in the Soviet-American fantasy film The Blue Bird , a critical and box-office failure, and had a small role in the television film Victory at Entebbe , and in , she sang in the critically panned film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim 's A Little Night Music After a period of semi-retirement from films, Taylor starred in The Mirror Crack'd , adapted from an Agatha Christie mystery novel and featuring an ensemble cast of actors from the studio era, such as Angela Lansbury , Kim Novak , Rock Hudson, and Tony Curtis.

There's some acting in it, as well as some personal display. From the mids, Taylor acted mostly in television productions. She made cameos in the soap operas Hotel and All My Children in , and played a brothel keeper in the historical mini-series North and South in I could take the fame I'd resented and tried to get away from for so many years — but you can never get away from it — and use it to do some good.

I wanted to retire, but the tabloids wouldn't let me. If you're going to screw me over, I'll use you. Bush and Bill Clinton for lack of interest in combatting the disease. Taylor was honored with several awards for her philanthropic work. Taylor was the first celebrity to create her own collection of fragrances. Throughout her adult years, Taylor's personal life, and especially her eight marriages, drew a large amount of media attention and public disapproval. According to biographer Alexander Walker, "Whether she liked it or not Taylor was 18 when she married Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr.

Taylor married her second husband, British actor Michael Wilding — a man 20 years her senior — in a low-key ceremony at Caxton Hall in London on February 21, Taylor married her third husband, theater and film producer Mike Todd, in Acapulco, Guerrero , Mexico , on February 2, While filming Cleopatra in Italy in , Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Welsh actor Richard Burton, although Burton was also married.

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Rumors about the affair began to circulate in the press, and were confirmed by a paparazzi shot of them on a yacht in Ischia. Congress to bar them from re-entering the country. Dubbed "Liz and Dick" by the media, Taylor and Burton starred together in 11 films, and led a jet-set lifestyle, spending millions on "furs, diamonds, paintings, designer clothes, travel, food, liquor, a yacht, and a jet". From reports of massive spending [ All the men after Richard were really just company. Taylor was raised as a Christian Scientist, and converted to Judaism in I feel as if I have been a Jew all my life".

Following her conversion, Taylor became an active supporter of Jewish and Zionist causes. Taylor is considered a fashion icon both for her film costumes and personal style. Taylor collected jewelry through her life, and owned the Taylor struggled with health problems for most of her life.

In addition, she was addicted to alcohol and prescription medications. She was treated at the Betty Ford Center for seven weeks from December to January , becoming the first celebrity to openly admit herself to the clinic. Taylor's health increasingly declined during the last two decades of her life, and she rarely attended public events in the s. The service was a private Jewish ceremony presided over by Rabbi Jerome Cutler. At Taylor's request, the ceremony began 15 minutes behind schedule, as, according to her representative, "she even wanted to be late for her own funeral".

Taylor was one of the last stars of classical Hollywood cinema , [] [] and also one of the first modern celebrities.

She was portrayed as different from "ordinary" people, and her public image was carefully crafted and controlled by MGM. Regardless of the acting awards she won during her career, Taylor's film performances were often overlooked by contemporary critics; [23] [] according to film historian Jeanine Basinger , "No actress ever had a more difficult job in getting critics to accept her onscreen as someone other than Elizabeth Taylor Her persona ate her alive. Taylor has also been discussed by journalists and scholars interested in the role of women in Western society.

Camille Paglia writes that Taylor was a "pre-feminist woman" who "wields the sexual power that feminism cannot explain and has tried to destroy.

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Through stars like Taylor, we sense the world-disordering impact of legendary women like Delilah , Salome , and Helen of Troy. Lord calls Taylor an "accidental feminist", stating that while she did not identify as a feminist, many of her films had feminist themes and "introduced a broad audience to feminist ideas". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Elizabeth Taylor, see Elizabeth Taylor disambiguation.

Colorized film still of Elizabeth Taylor, late s. Los Angeles , California, U. Francis Lenn Taylor Sara Sothern. Like movies themselves, she's grown up with us, as we have with her. She's someone whose entire life has been played in a series of settings forever denied the fourth wall. Elizabeth Taylor is the most important character she's ever played.

Embassy in Paris, but with the phrase "abjure all allegiance and fidelity to the United States" struck out. State Department officials declared that her renunciation was invalid due to the alteration, and Taylor signed another oath, this time without alteration, in October Retrieved December 1, A Lustrous Pinnacle of Hollywood Glamour". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 24, How Guardian critics rated her films".

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Foreign Actress in ". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Elizabeth Taylor at 'Butterfield 8': The Ultimate Celebrity Couple". Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Funless Games at George and Martha's: Albee's 'Virginia Woolf' Becomes a Film". Archived from the original on March 7, Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Misses Taylor and Stapleton in 'Foxes ' ". Always a star, even on the stage". Archived from the original on March 25, Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79; legendary actress". Interview with Dame Elizabeth Taylor". Retrieved November 1, Health Resources and Services Administration. Elizabeth Taylor, queen of cologne". Archived from the original on November 17, Two divorces, tragedy, huge film hits An update on Elizabeth Taylor's four children". Archived from the original on January 8, Liz Taylor says trade me for Entebbe hostages".

A Life in Jewels". Thin Again, and Wiser". The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor. The 'Last Star ' ". A life less ordinary". The velvet rope revolution".