In the 30's and 40's, movie studios such as Universal and
MGM created Hollywood's "Golden Age." The industry
machine created glamour, fame, and consummate movie stars.
This era would not have been possible without Elizabeth Taylor.
Elizabeth Taylor's career, her fame, and her humanitarian
nature all serve as the classic example of what movie stardom
is. Her work in film elevated cinema beyond artistic entertainment,
establishing it as a permanent part of culture as we know
it. Her status as a star, her eternal beauty, and her activism
helped to define the celebrity ideal.
Born in London to American parents, Elizabeth Taylor played
her first movie role at age 9 in 1942 and, by 2011, had over
70 acting role titles to her name. She won two Academy Awards
for Best Actress for her roles in BUtterfeld 8 in 1960
and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966. Before
her first Oscar, she was nominated three years in a row, winning
the fourth year.
Later in life, Taylor dedicated herself to fighting AIDS
around the world. She established the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS
Foundation raising over $200 million for AIDS treatment and
research. Taylor took the effect that AIDS had on the Hollywood
industry very personally when she lost many friends and colleagues
to the disease. She is credited with using her fame to help
extinguish the stigma that was initially associated with AIDS,
and with helping to turn the fight against the disease into
a humanitarian cause.
The sheer number of movies that Taylor worked on is astonishing.
With over seventy titles to her credit, she managed to successfully
manage the transition from child star to adolescent star to
adult star. Not only did she transition successfully, her
career managed to build momentum and success with each new
Many attribute her lasting and growing success to her down
to earth attitude and approachable demeanor. Even though she
possessed remarkable beauty and talent, she always treated
others with simple kindness and has been referred to as quiet
and unassuming. Taylor was also not afraid of hard work and
did what was required to increase what she was worth in the
A habitual romantic, Taylor married eight times to seven
men, marrying Richard Burton twice consecutively. Taylor and
Burton, who spent ten years married and working together,
are considered one of the most successful Hollywood movie
star couples of all time. At one point during their careers,
half of all Box Office dollars could be attributed to the
movies being made by Taylor and Burton. They appeared together
in 11 films, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
that won Taylor her second Oscar.
Taylor exuded a sex appeal without having it overpower her
career or undermine her ability as a serious film actress.
Her unique look, with her violet-blue eyes and focused demur,
transfixed film executives and audiences. She had what could
only be described as that certain something that translates
into star quality.
Living her life in the public eye took its toll as Taylor
struggled with both alcohol and prescription pain medicine
addiction. She sought help from the Betty
Ford Clinic twice. The tabloid press made a mockery of
her many illnesses as her age advanced. At the time of her
death on March 23, 2011 from congestive heart failure, Taylor
was survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, and
four great-grandchildren. Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most
famous women along with Marilyn
Monroe that the movie industry has ever known.
There is a secret
you don't know
Besides the factual Elizabeth Taylor biography presented
above there is a little secret that shall be revealed now.
In a former life Elizabeth Taylor was in fact a cat on a hot
tin roof, but compensated by wearing little kiddy bunny slippers
so that she could stay up high as long as she wanted.