Elizabeth Taylor

Actor, Producer, Lobbyist
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 the violet-eyed beauty, Elizabeth Taylor. For nearly 70 years, the ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1932 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (115)

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

A Letter to True 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

God, the Devil and Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

James Bacon: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/21/99) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Can't Hurry Love 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

How to Be Absolutely Fabulous 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabeth Taylor 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Pearl Slaghoople (Actor)

The Jackson Family Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (03/03/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Voice

Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson... The Legend Continues 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Burton: In From the Cold 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Il Giovane Toscanini 1988 (Movie)

Nadia Bulichoff (Actor)

Michael Jackson 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Natalie Wood 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Malice in Wonderland 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

On Top All Over the World 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Genocide 1980 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mirror Crack'd 1979 (Movie)

Marina Gregg (Actor)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Lola Camonte (Actor)

A Little Night Music 1976 (Movie)

Desiree Armfeldt (Actor)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Blue Bird 1975 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Ash Wednesday 1973 (Movie)

Barbara Sawyer (Actor)

Identikit 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Watch 1973 (Movie)

Ellen Wheeler (Actor)

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Hammersmith Is Out 1972 (Movie)

Jimmie Jean Jackson (Actor)

Under Milk Wood 1971 (Movie)

Rosie Probert (Actor)

X Y & Zee 1971 (Movie)

Zee (Actor)

The Only Game in Town 1970 (Movie)

Fran Walker (Actor)

Boom! 1968 (Movie)

Flora Goforth (Actor)

Doctor Faustus 1968 (Movie)

Helen of Troy (Actor)

Secret Ceremony 1968 (Movie)

Leonora (Actor)

Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 (Movie)

Leonora Penderton (Actor)

The Comedians 1967 (Movie)

Martha Pineda (Actor)

The Taming of the Shrew 1967 (Movie)

Katharina (Actor)

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)

Laura Reynolds (Actor)

Elizabeth Taylor in London 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Cleopatra (Actor)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

Frances Andros (Actor)

Butterfield 8 1960 (Movie)

Gloria Wandrous (Actor)

Scent of Mystery 1959 (Movie)

The Real Sally Kennedy (Actor)

Suddenly, Last Summer 1959 (Movie)

Catherine Holly (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 (Movie)

Maggie Pollitt (Actor)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

Susanna Drake (Actor)

Giant 1956 (Movie)

Leslie Lynnton Benedict (Actor)

Beau Brummell 1954 (Movie)

Lady Patricia (Actor)

Elephant Walk 1954 (Movie)

Ruth Wiley (Actor)

Rhapsody 1954 (Movie)

Louise Durant (Actor)

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 (Movie)

Helen Ellswirth (Actor)

The Girl Who Had Everything 1953 (Movie)

Jean Latimer (Actor)

A Place in the Sun 1950 (Movie)

Angela Vickers (Actor)

Little Women 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Life With Father 1947 (Movie)

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National Velvet 1944 (Movie)

Velvet Brown (Actor)

A Date with Judy (Movie)

Carol Pringle (Actor)

AIDS: The Global Explosion (TV Show)

Actor

Between Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Conspirator (Movie)

Melinda Greyton (Actor)

Courage of Lassie (Movie)

Kathie Merrick (Actor)

Cynthia (Movie)

Cynthia Bishop (Actor)

Divorce His/Divorce Hers (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Bride (Movie)

Kay Banks (Actor)

Father's Little Dividend (Movie)

Kay Dunstan (Actor)

Ivanhoe (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

Julia Misbehaves (Movie)

Susan Packett (Actor)

Lassie Come Home (Movie)

Priscilla (Actor)

Love Is Better Than Ever (Movie)

Anastacia Macaboy (Actor)

North and South (TV Show)

Actor

Poker Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Return Engagement (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Hangover (Movie)

Mary Belney (Actor)

The White Cliffs of Dover (Movie)

Betsy (age 10) (Actor)

There Must Be a Pony (TV Show)

Actor

These Old Broads (TV Show)

Actor

Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Taming of the Shrew 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Caretaker 1964 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

Biography

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 the violet-eyed beauty, 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, 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) - all of which added to her reputation as one of the most talented, larger-than-life actresses to have ever graced the silver screen.

Relationships

Richard Burton Actor

Husband
Met while filming "Cleopatra" (1963) First married March 16, 1964 Co-starred in "The Sandpiper" (1965) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) Divorced June 26, 1974 Married a second time Oct. 10, 1975 Second divorce Aug. 1, 1976

Maria Burton-Carson

Daughter
Born Aug. 1, 1961 in Germany Adopted 1964 with Richard Burton German orphan

Stanley Donen Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1951

Eddie Fisher Actor

Husband
Fisher left wife Debbie Reynolds for Taylor 1959 Married May 12, 1959 Divorced March 6, 1964

Larry Fortensky

Husband
Met at the Betty Ford Clinic 1987; Taylor was 20 years his senior Married Oct. 6, 1991 at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Divorced Oct. 31,1996 Taylor left him $825,000 in her will

Conrad Hilton

Husband
Heir of the Hilton Hotel chain; father founded Hilton Hotels Married May 6, 1950 Divorced Feb. 1, 1951

Victor Luna

Companion
Taylor broke off engagement 1984

William Pauley

Companion
Son of William Pawley Sr; the former U.S. ambassador to Brazil and Peru; considered Taylor's first true love Announced engagement June 1949

Dennis Stein

Companion
Taylor broke off engagement 1985

Francis Taylor

Father
American-born; lived and worked in London when Elizabeth was born

Sara Taylor

Mother
Former actress whose stage name was Sara Sothern; retired from the stage when she married Francis Taylor 1926 in New York; lived with husband in London when Elizabeth was born

Howard Taylor

Brother
Born 1929

Michael Todd Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 2, 1957 until his death March 22, 1958 in a plane crash

Elizabeth Todd

Daughter
Born Aug. 6, 1957; father, Mike Todd

John Warner Actor

Husband
Married Dec. 4, 1976 Divorced Nov. 7, 1982

Michael Wilding Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 21, 1952 Filed for divorce Oct. 4, 1956 Divorced Jan. 30, 1957

Michael Wilding Actor

Son
Born Jan. 6, 1953; father, Michael Wilding

Christopher Wilding

Son
Born Feb. 28, 1955; father, Michael Wilding Previously married to Aileen Getty (granddaughter of J. Paul Getty)

Jason Winters

Companion
Met 2007 while Taylor was promoting her jewelry line

EDUCATION

Vaccani School of Dance

Studied ballet

University High School

Los Angeles , California 1950

Milestones

2001

Last major acting performance, the ABC TV-movie "These Old Broads" with Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, and Joan Collins

1994

Returned to features for the live-action film "The Flintstones"

1992

Lent her voice for baby Maggie's first word on Fox animated series "The Simpsons"

1991

Launched second fragrance "White Diamonds"

1988

Hosted syndicated TV documentary special "AIDS: The Global Explosion"

1987

Launched first fragrance "Passion"

1985

Played movie gossip columnist Louella Parsons in the TV-movie "Malice in Wonderland"

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

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"

1980

Last feature film role for 14 years, "The Mirror Crack'd"; also co-starred Rock Hudson

1973

Co-starred with Henry Fonda in "Ash Wednesday"

1973

Made TV-movie debut in the two-part "Divorce His, Divorce Hers"; again collaborating with Richard Burton

1972

Cast opposite Burton and Peter O'Toole in "Under Milk Wood"

1969

Re-teamed with director George Stevens to star in "The Only Game in Town"

1967

Co-starred with Marlon Brando in the John Hudson-directed "Reflections in a Golden Eye"

1967

Again collaborated with Burton for "The Comedians"

1966

Played Martha opposite Burton's George in Mike Nichols' adaptation of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

1965

Re-teamed with then husband Richard Burton in "The Sandpiper"

1963

Hosted the CBS TV variety special "Elizabeth Taylor in London"

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

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"

1959

Again co-starred with Clift in "Suddenly, Last Summer"; first collaboration with future husband, Eddie Fisher

1958

Co-starred with Paul Newman in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1957

Re-teamed with Montgomery Clift for "Raintree County"; earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1956

Achieved critical acclaim playing the female lead in George Stevens's "Giant"; co-starred with Rock Hudson and James Dean

1954

Played the lead role in "Elephant Walk"

1951

Played a beautiful socialite opposite Montgomery Clift in George Stevens' "A Place In The Sun"

1951

Reprised role opposite Spencer Tracy in the sequel "Father's Little Dividend"

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"

1949

Final adolescent role, playing Amy in the American classic "Little Women"

1943

Appeared again opposite Roddy McDowall in "The White Cliffs of Dover"

1943

Achieved child star status playing the leading role in Clarence Brown's "National Velvet"

1942

First film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, "Lassie Come Home"; also first film opposite Roddy McDowall

1941

Signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer eight months after Universal cancelled her contract

1941

Made screen debut at the age of nine in "There's One Born Every Minute"

1940

Signed a contract with Universal Pictures

1939

Family left London at the start of WWII and moved to Los Angeles, CA

Bonus Trivia

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Taylor was called 'Elizabeth' by her friends, NEVER 'Liz.'

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The actress was named Commander Of The Arts and Letters by French government in 1985.

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Taylor received the French Legion of Honor in 1987.

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She was the recipient of the Aristotle S. Onassis Foundation Award in 1988 for her AIDS work.

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Taylor underwent replacement surgery on both hips in 1995.

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

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

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

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She was made a Dame of the British Empire in December 1999.

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

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

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In November 2004, Taylor was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

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On May 30, 2006, Taylor appeared on "Larry King Live" (CNN) to refute the claims that she had been ill, and denied the allegations that she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and was close to death.

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Taylor revealed she was going under the knife to improve blood flow to her heart. On Oct. 9, 2009, she assured fans her heart surgery went well. She posted on her Twitter.com page, "Dear Friends, My heart procedure went off perfectly. It's like having a brand new ticker. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. I know they all helped. Love you, Elizabeth."

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