Elizabeth Taylor was an actress who became one the most popular Hollywood film stars of the 1950’s and 60’s. Taylor, who began her career as a child actress was noted for her beauty and violet eyes. During her lifetime she became a well-known figure. In her later years began focusing her attention on philanthropy.
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born to American parents near London, England in 1932. Her parents, who were art dealers moved with their family back to the United States shortly after the outbreak of World War II. Taylor was seven years old at the time. She played in her first movie, ‘There’s One Born Every Minute’ in 1942 at the age of ten. She achieved stardom for her part in the movie ‘National Velvet’ in 1944.
During her career Elizabeth Taylor starred in over sixty movies, appeared in several television shows and was the recipient of numerous awards. She was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning on two occasions. She won her first Academy Award for Best Actress in ‘Butterfield 8’ in 1960. She won the award again in 1966, also for Best Actress, in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’. It was the film of which she was most proud.
Elizabeth Taylor married her first husband, Conrad Hilton, in 1950. In total she was married seven times to eight men. She was married actor Richard Burton on two occasions. Mike Todd, a film producer, was Taylor’s third husband. He was the only one of her seven husbands whom she did not divorce. He died in a plane crash in 1958. Todd won an Academy Award for his production of the movie Around the World in 80 Days. His son Mike Todd Jr, also a film producer, lived in Borris, County Carlow, Ireland.
Taylor was the recipient of several awards during her lifetime. She received the French Légion d’honneur in 1987 and was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000. She was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for her humanitarian work in 2001. She died at the age of 79 on March 23rd 2011.
Elizabeth Taylor was born in the year 1932 On This Day.