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Elizabeth Taylor

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Biography Summary: Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) was famous for her contribution to British and American films.

 Elizabeth Taylor has been referred to as one of the last classical Hollywood stars. Her career spanned several decades and she stared in some of Hollywood’s greatest films including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cleopatra.

Her personal life has also been played out in the public domain at a time when technology such as cameras and television became more household items.

In the mid 1980’s HIV/AIDS was making headlines globally and Elizabeth founded the National AIDS Research Foundation in California after her co-star and longtime friend Rock Hudson told the world he was dying of AIDS.

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 4: Having auditioned for both MGM and Universal, although Elizabeth preferred MGM her mother accepted Universals seven year contract which was signed in April of 1941.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 5: One of her first roles was in the 1942 film There’s One Born Every Minute however there would be no further roles as her contract was terminated that year, some say because the studio director didn’t like her eyes “her eyes are too old, she doesn’t have the face of a child”.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 6: MGM were still interested in her and through her father she was given another opportunity in Lassie Come Home produced by Samuel Marx. Although she was initially given a test option for three months, it was increased to the usual seven year contract.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 7: Her first big film came in 1944 when she played the lead role in National Velvet.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 8: She appeared in another of the Lassie movies, the Courage of Lassie but for the next few years her time was largely being taken up in “training” of sorts. Regular school lessons during the day, she had her teeth straightened and her eyebrows re-shaped and even suggested using the name Virginia, which both Elizabeth and her parents refused.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 9: She appeared in such films as A Date with Judy, Julia Misbehaves and Little Women all during her teenage years.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 10: In 1950 she turned eighteen and she made the transition from child star to more adult roles and appeared in Conspirator, The Big Hangover and Father of the Bride.

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 13: She signed another seven year contract with MGM more out of necessity as at that time she had remarried and was pregnant, the studio also gave her husband, Michael Wilding a three year contract. Michael was twenty years older that Taylor.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 14: As television was on the rise in popularity so the movie studios began making better films and not just churning them out. This suited Taylor, she received better roles and the next big role for her was in Giant with Rock Hudson and James Dean in 1956.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 15: It was also announced that year that broadcast performers needed to organize themselves into a union but only one would be allowed and it was that Eva was elected the President of that union.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 16: Her next big scandal came with her affair with Eddie Fisher, husband of Debbie Reynolds became public that public turned against her. She married Eddie Fisher in 1959 but was divorced by 1964.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 17: Having completed her contract with MGM she signed with 20th Century Fox and in 1963 the film she would become most famous for, Cleopatra, was released in which she starred opposite Richard Burton.

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 21: Her seventh and final husband was Larry Fortensky, a construction worker she met in 1988 at the Betty Ford Center. The marriage ended in divorce in 1996.

Elizabeth Taylor Fact 22: Having been raised a Christian Scientist, in 1959 Taylor had converted to Judaism and found a great comfort in the ancient religion.

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.

Influence & Legacy: Vincent Canby of The New York Times said in 1986 "More than anyone else I can think of, Elizabeth Taylor represents the complete movie phenomenon — what movies are as an art and an industry, and what they have meant to those of us who have grown up watching them in the dark ... Like movies themselves, she's grown up with us, as we have with her. She's someone whose entire life has been played in a series of settings forever denied the fourth wall. Elizabeth Taylor is the most important character she's ever played."

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