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Elizabeth Taylor



Elizabeth Taylor was the ultimate movie star: violet-eyed, luminously beautiful, and bigger than life; although never the most gifted actress, she was the most magnetic, commanding the spotlight with unparalleled power. Whether good (two Oscars, one of the first million-dollar paychecks, and charity work), bad (health and weight problems, drug battles, and other tragedies), or ugly (eight failed marriages, movie disasters, and countless scandals), no triumph or setback was too personal for media consumption.



Born February 27, 1932, in London, Taylor literally grew up in public. At the beginning of World War II, her family relocated to Hollywood, and by the age of ten she was already under contract at Universal. She made her screen debut in 1942's There's One Born Every Minute, followed a year later by a prominent role in Lassie Come Home. For MGM, she co-starred in the 1944 adaptation of Jane Eyre, then appeared in The White Cliffs of Dover. With her first lead role as a teen equestrian in the 1944 family classic National Velvet, Taylor became a star. To their credit, MGM did not exploit her, despite her incredible beauty; she did not even reappear onscreen for two more years, returning with Courage of Lassie. Taylor next starred as Cynthia in 1947, followed by Life With Father. In Julia Misbehaves, she enjoyed her first grown-up role, and then portrayed Amy in the 1947 adaptation of Little Women.



Taylor's first romantic lead came opposite Robert Taylor in 1949's Conspirator. Her love life was already blossoming offscreen as well; that same year she began dating millionaire Howard Hughes, but broke off the relationship to marry hotel heir Nicky Hilton when she was just 17 years old. The marriage made international headlines, and in 1950 Taylor scored a major hit as Spencer Tracy's daughter in Vincente Minnelli's Father of the Bride; a sequel, Father's Little Dividend, premiered a year later. Renowned as one of the world's most beautiful women, Taylor was nevertheless largely dismissed as an actress prior to an excellent performance in the George Stevens drama A Place in the Sun.



In 1956, however, the actress reunited with Stevens to star in his epic adaptation of the Edna Ferber novel Giant. It was a blockbuster, as was her 1957 follow-up Raintree County, for which she earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination.



Taylor's sexy image was further elevated by an impossibly sensual performance in 1958's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; another Tennessee Williams adaptation, Suddenly Last Summer, followed a year later, and both were highly successful. To complete the terms of her MGM contract, she grudgingly agreed to star in 1960's Butterfield 8; upon completing the film Taylor traveled to Britain to begin work on the much-heralded Cleopatra, for which she received an unprecedented one-million-dollar fee. In London she became dangerously ill, and underwent a life-saving emergency tracheotomy. Hollywood sympathy proved sufficient for her to win a Best Actress Oscar for Butterfield 8, although much of the good will extended toward her again dissipated in the wake of the mounting difficulties facing Cleopatra. With five million dollars already spent, producers pulled the plug and relocated the shoot to Italy, replacing co-star Stephen Boyd with Richard Burton. The final tally placed the film at a cost of 37 million dollars, making it the most costly project in film history; scheduled for a 16-week shoot, the production actually took years, and despite mountains of pre-publicity, it was a huge disaster at the box office upon its 1963 premiere.



Still, the notice paid to Cleopatra paled in comparison to the scrutiny which greeted Taylor's latest romance, with Burton, and perhaps no Hollywood relationship was ever the subject of such intense media coverage. Theirs was a passionate, stormy relationship, played out in the press and onscreen in films including 1963's The V.I.P.'s and

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cleopatra 50th Anniversary
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Dr. Faustus
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Il giovane Toscanini (Young Toscanini)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Michael Jackson: The Inside Story - What Killed the King of Pop?
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Michael Jackson: A Troubled Genius
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Many Faces of Cleopatra
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Moonwalking: The True Story of Michael Jackson
  • interviewee
2009
No Score Yet Ultimate Leading Ladies
  • Actor
2007
50% A Letter to True
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Elizabeth Taylor: England's Other Elizabeth
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet These Old Broads
  • Beryl Mason
2001
No Score Yet Hollywood vs. The Paparazzi
  • Actor
2000
71% Get Bruce
  • Actor
1999
33% X, Y & Zee
  • Zee Blakeley
1999
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Hollywood Hookers
  • Actor
1997
21% The Flintstones
  • Pearle Slaghoople
1994
No Score Yet Psychotic
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Legends in Love
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Hollywood on Parade
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Alexandra Del Lago
1989
No Score Yet Michael Jackson - The Legend Continues
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Stars of the Century
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Spencer Tracy Legacy
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Poker Alice
  • Alice Moffit
1987
No Score Yet There Must Be A Pony
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Malice in Wonderland
  • Louella Parsons
1985
No Score Yet Rumor Mill
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Herself
1984
No Score Yet Between Friends
  • Deborah Shapiro
1983
No Score Yet Genocide
  • Narrator
1981
67% The Mirror Crack'd
  • Marina Gregg
1980
No Score Yet Return Engagement
  • Actor
1978
11% A Little Night Music
  • Desiree Armfeldt
1977
86% Winter Kills
  • Lola Comante
1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe
  • Edra Vilnovsky
1976
No Score Yet The Blue Bird
  • Light, Maternal Love, Mother, Witch
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Driver's Seat
  • Lise
1975
No Score Yet James Dean: The First American Teenager
  • Actor
1975
100% That's Entertainment
  • Narrator
1973
13% Ash Wednesday
  • Barbara Sawyer
1973
No Score Yet Divorce His/Divorce Hers
  • Jane Reynolds
1973
60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood
  • Rosie Probert
1973
33% Night Watch
  • Ellen Wheeler
1973
40% Hammersmith Is Out
  • Jimmie Jean Jackson
1972
No Score Yet The Only Game In Town
  • Fran Walker
1970
42% Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Courtesan
1969
50% Secret Ceremony
  • Leonora
1968
11% Doctor Faustus
  • Helen of Troy
1968
8% Boom!
  • Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
1968
27% The Comedians
  • Martha Pineda
1967
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Leonora Penderton
1967
85% The Taming of the Shrew
  • Producer
  • Katherine Katharina
1967
95% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Martha
1966
No Score Yet TrĂ¡iler de Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Trailer of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
  • Actor
1966
10% The Sandpiper
  • Laura Reynolds
1965
No Score Yet The V.I.P.s
  • Frances Andros
1963
55% Cleopatra
  • Cleopatra
1963
47% Butterfield 8
  • Gloria Wandrous
1960
No Score Yet Scent of Mystery
  • The Real Sally Kennedy
1960
69% Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Catherine Holly
1959
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Maggie Pollitt
1958
11% Raintree County
  • Susanna Drake
1957
95% Giant
  • Leslie Benedict
1956
No Score Yet Beau Brummell
  • Patricia Belham
1954
60% Elephant Walk
  • Ruth Wiley
1954
No Score Yet Rhapsody
  • Louise Durant
1954
88% The Last Time I Saw Paris
  • Helen Ellswirth
1954
No Score Yet The Girl Who Had Everything
  • Jean Latimer
1953
No Score Yet Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person
  • Actor
1953
79% Ivanhoe
  • Rebecca
1952
No Score Yet Love Is Better Than Ever
  • Anastacia Macaboy
1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway
  • Guest Star
1951
75% A Place in the Sun
  • Angela Vickers
1951
88% Quo Vadis?
  • Guest
1951
100% Father's Little Dividend
  • Kay Dunstan
1951
93% Father of the Bride
  • Kay Banks
1950
60% The Big Hangover
  • Mary Belney
1950
No Score Yet Conspirator
  • Melinda Greyton
1949
83% Little Women
  • Amy
1949
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves
  • Susan Packett
1948
50% A Date with Judy
  • Carol Pringle
1948
No Score Yet Cynthia
  • Cynthia Bishop
1947
91% Life With Father
  • Mary
1947
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie
  • Kathie Merrick
1946
100% National Velvet
  • Velvet Brown
1944
No Score Yet The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Betsy, at Age 10
1944
100% Jane Eyre
  • Helen
1944
94% Lassie Come Home
  • Priscilla
1943
No Score Yet Silverscreen Romance
  • Actor
1932

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice

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