Elizabeth Taylor

Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment (1973)
Lowest Rated: 0% The V.I.P.s (1963)
Birthday: Feb 27, 1932
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, UK
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 1965's The Sandpiper. In 1966, the couple starred in Mike Nichols' contro

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
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
52% A Letter to True Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
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
22% The Flintstones Pearle Slaghoople 1994
No Score Yet Legends in Love 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 George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Herself 1984
No Score Yet Between Friends Deborah Shapiro 1983
No Score Yet Genocide Narrator 1981
71% The Mirror Crack'd Marina Gregg 1980
87% Winter Kills Lola Comante 1979
No Score Yet Return Engagement Actor 1978
11% A Little Night Music Desiree Armfeldt 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
11% Ash Wednesday Barbara Sawyer 1973
No Score Yet Divorce His/Divorce Hers Jane Reynolds 1973
60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood Rosie Probert 1973
43% Night Watch Ellen Wheeler 1973
40% Hammersmith Is Out Jimmie Jean Jackson 1972
No Score Yet The Only Game In Town Fran Walker 1970
38% Anne of the Thousand Days Courtesan 1969
50% Secret Ceremony Leonora 1968
10% Doctor Faustus Helen of Troy 1968
14% Boom! Flora 'Sissy' Goforth 1968
27% The Comedians Martha Pineda 1967
56% Reflections in a Golden Eye Leonora Penderton 1967
86% The Taming of the Shrew Producer Katherine Katharina 1967
95% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha 1966
No Score Yet Tráiler de Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Trailer of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Actor 1966
10% The Sandpiper Laura Reynolds 1965
0% The V.I.P.s Frances Andros 1963
59% Cleopatra Cleopatra 1963
47% Butterfield 8 Gloria Wandrous 1960
No Score Yet Scent of Mystery The Real Sally Kennedy 1960
67% 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 Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person Actor 1953
No Score Yet The Girl Who Had Everything Jean Latimer 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
57% 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

TV

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85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2002
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Herself
  • 1996
No Score Yet General Hospital
1963-1964
Helena Cassadine

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