It was a cause that Elizabeth donated much time and money to supporting and on her death when her beloved jewelry collection was auctioned off by Christies the proceeds in excess of $156 million went to her AIDS foundation.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact Sheet: Who was Elizabeth Taylor? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Elizabeth Taylor.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1932 - 2011 *** Full Name: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor *** Occupation: British Born American Citizen Actress, Businesswoman and Humanitarian *** Date of Birth: Elizabeth Taylor was born on February 27th 1932 *** Place of Birth: Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, England *** Family background: Her father was Francis Lenn Taylor and her mother was Sara Viola Warmbrodt. Both of her parents were American citizens who had moved to England and opened a gallery on Bond Street. This enabled Elizabeth to hold dual citizenship from birth. Her parents had intended to make England their permanent home but an influential friend had been told by Winston Churchill of the impending war and they changed their plans and had this confirmed by the American ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy *** Early life and childhood: She spent her early years in England but by 1939 as war approached they decided to return to America *** Education: Elizabeth Taylor attended a Montessori school in Highgate, Byron House. Elizabeth and her brother Howard were later enrolled in Hawthorne School in Beverley Hills ***
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 1: Elizabeth Taylor was born on February 27th 1932 and during the 20th century period in history when so many wonderful and terrible events shaped the world. World War I and World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War but also such marvels as advances in medicine, technology, travel, the expansion of car travel and air travel and a massive change within the industry of entertainment.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 2: More and more frequently Elizabeth’s mother was told how beautiful her daughter was and that she should audition for films, her eyes in particular were a striking shade of blue almost violet.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 3: Although not particularly interested in having her daughter in films in the world they were now living in it was perhaps a way to help the family settle into their new society a little easier and through the opening of a new gallery and connections that were made, Elizabeth would attend her first audition in 1941.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 11: She also married for the first time, Conrad Hilton, Jr. in a much publicized affair. However the relationship was soon over, married in May 1950 she was divorced by 1951.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 12: Her next big role came in 1951 when she made A Place in the Sun with Montgomery Clift which brought her the same acclaim as National Velvet.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 18: In 1966 she made her most critically acclaimed film, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for which she would receive an Academy Award, a BAFTA a New York City Film Critics Circle award and a National Board of Review.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 19: Approaching middle age during the late 1960’s her career began to wane. Her marriage to Richard Burton would also produce eleven films made together although by June of 1974 they were briefly divorced before remarrying in 1975 and they finally divorced in 1976.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 20: Her sixth marriage found her as the wife of a Republican politician which would lead to depression after his election as she became increasingly lonely. By December of 1981 they had separated and divorced the following year.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 23: Elizabeth Taylor had been born with Scoliosis a condition that causes a curvature in the spin. She also suffered other illnesses and injuries during her life and would also develop an addition for prescription drugs and alcohol for which she was treated in the Betty Ford Center. Towards the end of her life her scoliosis and osteoporosis caused permanent use of a wheelchair.
Elizabeth Taylor Fact 24: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor died on March 23rd 2011 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with her four children present, of complications from heart failure, aged seventy nine years. Her body laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, in a private Jewish ceremony.
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