Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor DBE (born February 27, 1932) is a famous two-time Academy Award-winning British-American actress.
Her eyes are sometimes said to be violet color, and at least one source refers to this suggested anomaly as her "trademark" violet eyes. It is further suggested, though photos do not support the claim, that her eyes are framed by a "double row" of eyelashes. Known for her acting skills and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle including many marriages, she is considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood’s golden years, as well as a larger-than-life celebrity.
The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.
Taylor was born in Hampstead, a very wealthy suburb of London, England, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor (1897 – 1968) and Sara Viola Warmbrodt (1896 – 1994), who were Americans residing in England. Taylor's older brother, Howard Taylor, was born in 1929.
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Larry Fortensky & Elizabeth Taylor divorced
Larry Fortensky & Elizabeth Taylor married in Neverland Ranch
John Warner & Elizabeth Taylor divorced
The Mirror Crack'd is a 1980 feature motion picture directed by Guy Hamilton boasting an all-star cast, Angela Lansbury, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis, Edward Fox, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Elizabeth Taylor, with Wendy Morgan, Maureen Bennett, Charles Gray, and Charles Lloyd Pack.This crime/mystery/thriller was adapted by Jonathan Hales and Barry Sandler, based on Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novel The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1962).Scenes were filmed at Twickenham Film Studios, Twickenham, London, England, and on location in Kent.1 hour, 45 minutes; widescreen; colorSet in the fictional English village of St. Mary Mead, home of Miss Jane Marple (played by Lansbury), in 1953, a big Hollywood production company arrives to film a costume movie about Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I with two famous movie stars, Marina Rudd (played by Taylor) and Lola Brewster (played by Novak).The two actresses are old rivals who hate each other. Marina, who is making a much heralded...
John Warner & Elizabeth Taylor married
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton divorced
The Blue Bird is a 1976 children's film directed by George Cukor, with a screenplay by Hugh Whitemore based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck. The film was a Soviet-American coproduction, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson, James Coco, Patsy Kensit, and Ava Gardner. There were certain on-set problems, partly due to the fact that this was the first joint production between an American studio (20th Century Fox) and a Soviet one (Lenfilm). Language and cultural problems, along with on-set politics, delayed the filming process.  The film was awarded the Honorary Diploma at the 1976 Tehran International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults.The film was widely panned by critics and was a major financial flop upon release. It has never been released in any home-video format in the US, though a Russian-language DVD is available from some on-line retailers. According to some sources,...
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton married in Chobe National Park
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton divorced
Identikit (also known as The Driver's Seat) is a 1974 film directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi.
Based on the novella The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark, it is a psychological drama starring Elizabeth Taylor, Ian Bannen and Andy Warhol.
Night Watch is a 1973 film directed by Brian G. Hutton. Based on a play by Lucille Fletcher, it is the story of a woman (played by Taylor) who claims she has witnessed a murder from her window at night. Unfortunately she is not able to prove this. ...,
Secret Ceremony is a 1968 film, produced in Britain and released by Universal Pictures. It stars Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Robert Mitchum, Pamela Brown, and Peggy Ashcroft. Joseph Losey directed, from a script by George Tabori.Taylor plays a prostitute despondent over the death of her daughter. Mia Farrow is a lonely young woman who is immediately attracted to Taylor and practically adopts her as her mother. Mitchum, Farrow's stepfather, intrudes into this make-believe mother and daughter relationship, and tragedy ensues.Critical reception of the film has tended to be mixed, with some critics essentially maintaining that it is a bad film but yet one that can be enjoyed due to a certain camp quality evident in Losey's mise-en-scène and the actors' performances. However, other film analysts regard the film as compelling because of its deep psychological portraits. Taylor's performance has been characterized as occasionally tacky, but justified by the fact that she is playing a...,
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play by Edward Albee that opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater on October 13, 1962. The original cast featured Uta Hagen as Martha, Arthur Hill as George, Melinda Dillon as Honey and George Grizzard as Nick. It was directed by Alan Schneider. Subsequent cast members included Henderson Forsythe, Eileen Fulton, and Mercedes McCambridge.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won both the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1962-63 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. It was also selected for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama by that award's committee. However, the committee's selection was overruled by the award's advisory board, the trustees of Columbia University, because of the play's then-controversial use of profanity and sexual themes.
In the play, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife to their house after a party. Martha is the daughter of the president of a university where George is a history professor....
The Sandpiper is a 1965 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli. Taylor portrays a free-spirited, unwed single mother living with her young son in an isolated beach house on the California coast. Her son gets into trouble with the law, and a judge orders her to send the boy to an Episcopal boarding school where Burton is headmaster. Burton's priest character is initially horrified by Taylor's unconventional morals, but the two quickly begin a torrid extramarital affair.
The film also stars Eva Marie Saint as Burton's long-suffering wife and Charles Bronson as a beach bum and sculptor. The song from this picture, "The Shadow Of Your Smile," won the Academy Award.
Spoofed in Mad magazine in 1965 as "The Sinpiper".
Many of the outdoor shots were filmed on location in Big Sur, while the interiors were shot on a soundstage in France.
Morgan Mason, son of James Mason and now Belinda Carlisle's husband, played Taylor's son.
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton married
Eddie Fisher & Elizabeth Taylor divorced
Cleopatra is a 1963 film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The screenplay was adapted by Sidney Buchman, Ben Hecht, Ranald MacDougall, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz from a book by Carlo Mario Franzero. The film starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall and Martin Landau. It was photographed in 70 mm Todd-AO by Leon Shamroy and Jack Hildyard.
Cleopatra chronicles the struggles of Cleopatra, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperialist ambitions of Rome.
The film is infamous for nearly bankrupting 20th Century Fox . Originally budgeted at $2 million, it was made at a cost of $44 million — the equivalent of more than $295 million in 2007 dollars (see list of most expensive films to produce), making the movie still the second-most costly ever produced worldwide and the most expensive in America. This was partly due to the fact that the film's elaborate, complicated sets, costumes and props had to be constructed twice, once during a botched shoot in London...,
The V.I.P.s, also known as Hotel International, is a 1963 MGM drama film. It was directed by Anthony Asquith, produced by Anatole de Grunwald and written by Terence Rattigan, with a music score by Miklós Rózsa. The film has an all-star cast including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli, Maggie Smith, Rod Taylor, Orson Welles and Margaret Rutherford, who won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe in the same category.The film is set at London's Heathrow airport during a fog. As flights are delayed, the VIPs of the title play out the drama of their lives in a number of slightly interconnected stories. The delays have caused serious hardship for most of the characters and have plunged some of them into deep personal or financial crisis. The central story concerns Frances Andros (Elizabeth Taylor) trying to leave her husband, millionaire Paul Andros (Richard Burton) and fly away with her lover Marc Champselle (Louis Jourdan)....
BUtterfield 8 is a 1960 MGM film directed by Daniel Mann, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey. The screenplay was adapted by John Michael Hayes and Charles Schnee from the 1935 novel by John O'Hara.The unusual spelling (capitalized "B" and "U") comes from the pattern of old telephone exchange names in the United States - a modern number would use 2-8-8 rather than BUtterfield 8. The eight main characters were all part of this exchange.Unlike the plot of the novel in which the protagonist is a call girl posing as a model, the movie casts Elizabeth Taylor, as Gloria Wandrous, a promiscuous fashion model who falls in love with Weston Liggett (Laurence Harvey), the hard drinking son of a working class family who has married into money. Their tumultuous relationship then engulfs their loved ones and ends in tragedy for Gloria but hints at redemption for Weston.Parts of this film were filmed on City Island, Bronx, New York, a nautical community where many films are shot.Elizabeth...,
Eddie Fisher & Elizabeth Taylor married
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an Oscar-nominated 1958 film made by MGM and directed by Richard Brooks. It was based on the Tony-nominated play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.
The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson, Judith Anderson and Madeleine Sherwood. The movie was adapted by Richard Brooks and James Poe, and directed by Brooks.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, (Paul Newman), Best Actress in a Leading Role, (Elizabeth Taylor), Best Cinematography, Color, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
Tennessee Williams detested this bowdlerized adaptation and advised people not to see it. Bowing to the tenor of the times, the suggestion of Brick's homosexuality and the circumstances of Skipper's suicide were changed.
The original stage production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, directed by Elia Kazan opened on Broadway on March 24, 1955, with Ives and Sherwood in the...
Mike Todd & Elizabeth Taylor divorced
Mike Todd & Elizabeth Taylor married
Michael Wilding & Elizabeth Taylor divorced
Giant is a 1956 drama film and was directed by George Stevens. The movie was adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. It stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor and Earl Holliman. Giant was the last of James Dean's three films as a leading actor. The film earned James Dean his second and last Academy Award nomination, of three starring roles. He died before Giant was released. Nick Adams was called in to do some voice-over dubbing for Dean's role.
Much of the film was made in and around the remote town, and dry plains of the Marfa, Texas region, with interiors filmed at the Warner Brothers studios in Burbank, California. The fictional character Jett Rink was based in part of oil tycoon Glenn Herbert McCarthy (1907 - 1988). Author Edna Ferber met with McCarthy when she booked a room at the Shamrock Hotel to which the novel and film were based. In...,
The Last Time I Saw Paris is a 1954 romantic drama made by MGM, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald 's short story Babylon Revisited. It was directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Jack Cummings. The screenplay was by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Richard Brooks.
The film starred Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson, with Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed, Eva Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, George Dolenz and Roger Moore.
The film's title song "The Last Time I Saw Paris" was composed by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern and, although the song was not written explicitly for the movie, it was featured prominently throughout the flim and can be heard in many scenes, either being sung or being played as an instrumental.
The film is currently in the public domain.
Beau Brummell is a 1954 historical film made by MGM. It was directed by Curtis Bernhardt and produced by Sam Zimbalist from a screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the play, Beau Brummell, by Clyde Fitch. The music score was by Richard Addinsell with Miklós Rózsa. The film stars Stewart Granger as Beau Brummell, Peter Ustinov as the Prince of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Morley, James Donald, James Hayter, Rosemary Harris and Paul Rogers. The film is a remake of a Warner Bros.silent film version made in 1924 starring John Barrymore as Brummel, Mary Astor and Willard Louis as the Prince of Wales. ...,
Elephant Walk is a 1954 Paramount Pictures film, directed by William Dieterle, and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch and Abraham Sofaer.It is based upon the novel "Elephant Walk" by Robert Standish, the pseudonym of the English novelist Digby George Gerahty (1898-1981).It was originally intended to star Vivien Leigh but she was forced to withdraw from production shortly after filming began in Colombo, Ceylon, as a result of bipolar disorder. According to Leonard Maltin's annual Movie Guide book, Leigh can be seen in some long shots that were not re-filmed after Taylor replaced her.Maltin gave the film 2 stars out of 4, and made one of his pithier critiques: "Pachyderm stampede climax comes none too soon." A major plot element in the film is that the tea plantation's manor, where the film's action occurs, had been built in the middle of a path that migrating Indian elephants had previously used....,
Rhapsody is a 1954 MGM film directed by Charles Vidor, and produced by Lawrence Weingarten. It is based on the novel Maurice Guest by Henry Handel RichardsonThe film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman and John Ericson with Louis Calhern, Michael Chekhov, Barbara Bates, Celia Lovsky and Stuart Whitman.It features music by Liszt, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Debussy....
Michael Wilding & Elizabeth Taylor married
Ivanhoe is a 1952 historical film made by MGM. It was directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman. The cast featured Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Emlyn Williams, Finlay Currie and Felix Aylmer. The screenplay was by Æneas MacKenzie, Marguerite Roberts, and Noel Langley from the novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. The music score was by Miklós Rózsa and the cinematography by Freddie Young.
The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Freddie Young for Best Cinematography, Color, Miklós Rózsa for Best Music, Scoring and Pandro S. Berman for Best Picture. In addition, Richard Thorpe was nominated by the Directors Guild of America, USA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. There were also two Golden Globe Award nominations: Best Film Promoting International Understanding and Best Motion Picture Score, for Miklós Rózsa.
The film was the first in what turned out to be an unofficial trilogy made by the same director and...,
A Place in the Sun is a 1951 film which tells the story of a working class young man who is entangled with two women, one who works in his wealthy uncle's factory and the other a beautiful socialite. It stars Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle and Raymond Burr.The film is best known for the celebrated dance scene between Clift and Taylor, shot in extreme closeup by director George Stevens.
The movie was adapted by Harry Brown and Michael Wilson from the novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser and the adapted play by Patrick Kearney. It was directed by George Stevens. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), the nephew of industrialist Charles Eastman (Herbert Heyes), takes a job in his factory to learn the business. While working there, he starts dating factory worker Alice "Al" Tripp (...,
Conrad Hilton, Jr. & Elizabeth Taylor divorced
Father's Little Dividend is a 1951 comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie is the sequel to Father of the Bride (1950). Originally released by MGM, the film is now in the public domain. Despite the fact that Warner Bros. Entertainment (via ownership of Turner Entertainment) owns the distribution rights to the original, as of yet, they have not released an authorized DVD release of the sequel.Father's Little Dividend was remade in 1995 as Father of the Bride Part II, with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in Tracy and Bennett's roles. In the remake, however, Keaton's character also has a baby....
Father of the Bride is a 1950 comedy film which tells the story of a man trying to cope with all of the disasters that happen along the way from the time that his daughter announces that she's engaged until the wedding actually occurs. The movie stars Spencer Tracy (Stan), Joan Bennett (Ellie), Elizabeth Taylor (Kay), Don Taylor (Buckley), Billie Burke, and Leo G. Carroll, and was adapted by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett from the novel by Edward Streeter, and directed by Vincente Minnelli.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay.
Father of the Bride had a sequel the following year, called Father's Little Dividend, in which Taylor's character has a baby.
Father of the Bride was also made into a television series which aired on CBS during the 1961-62 season. The cast included Leon Ames (Stan), Ruth Warrick (Ellie), and Myrna Fahey (Kay).
A remake of the same name starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton was...,
Conrad Hilton, Jr. & Elizabeth Taylor married
Little Women (1949) directed by Mervyn LeRoy is based on Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Sally Benson, Victor Heerman, Sarah Y. Mason, and Andrew Solt.In this version of the timeless classic, Beth March (Margaret O'Brien) is portrayed as being younger than Amy March (Elizabeth Taylor), while in the book she is older. The chapters where Laurie and Amy fall in love in Europe have been omitted.Winner:Nominations:David O. Selznick was originally going to produce the film. Filming began in September 1946 but Selznick decided he could not tackle a major production so soon after the ordeal of filming Duel in the Sun (1946) so he sold the property and script to MGM. The cast for the David O. Selznick version included Jennifer Jones (Jo), Diana Lynn (Amy), Bambi Linn (Beth), Rhonda Fleming (Meg), and Anne Revere (Marmee)....,
Lassie Come Home is a 1943 film set in Depression-era England which tells the story of a poor boy's dog who, when sold to a rich nobleman, makes a difficult journey to return home to her original owner. It stars Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Nigel Bruce, Elsa Lanchester, Elizabeth Taylor, Ben Webster, J. Pat O'Malley, Alan Napier, and of course Lassie. A male collie named Pal, trained by Rudd Weatherwax, played Lassie.
The movie was adapted by Hugo Butler from the novel Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight. It was directed by Fred M. Wilcox.
It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color.
The movie was followed by a sequel, Son of Lassie, in 1945.
This was the first of a long series of movies and television series starring Lassie, a collie dog. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Reflections in a Golden Eye is a 1941 novel by Carson McCullers that deals with the theme of repressed homosexuality.
It is a tale of six central characters, their failures, obsessions and darkest desires. Set in a military camp, it tells the story of Captain Weldon Penderton and his nymphomaniac wife Leonora. Other central characters are Major Morris Langdon and his sick wife Alison, the Langdon's houseboy Anacleto and a mysterious soldier, Private Williams.
In 1967 it was adapted to film and directed by John Huston. The film starred Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and Julie Harris.
The story begins at an Army base in the 1940's. Capt. Penderton assigns Pvt. Williams to stable duty. However, Williams has strange fantasies, and is given to riding the horses in the nude.
Penderton and his wife, Leonora are having marital troubles. During one of their many arguments she actually strips and hits her husband, enraging him. Williams, who is a voyeur, sees this and is attracted to Leonora...
Elizabeth Taylor was born