Elizabeth Taylor - The Icon That Will Live

Elizabeth Taylor was an English born American actress. Born on February 27, 1932, she started off as a child star and then went on to become the legend she was. She made her feature film debut at the small age of nine and as she reached adulthood, she became well-known for her glamor, style and beauty. She managed to keep people fascinated, by her beauty, her bold attitude, her open-natured character, her humor and her eight marriages.
 It was MGM who launched her career properly with 'Lassie Come Home' in 1943. By the early 1960s she was the Hollywood's highest-paid star "If someone's dumb enough to pay me a million dollars to make a movie," she said, "I'm not dumb enough to turn it down". Her first box office success in an adult role came as Kay Banks in the romantic comedy 'Father of the Bride' (1950), alongside Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett. In the 1950s she was voted the Most Beautiful Woman In the World and she holds the record for the most appearances on the cover of Life magazine, a total of eleven in all.

In 1960 Taylor became the highest paid actress up to that time when she signed a one million dollar contract to play the title role in 20th Century Fox's much anticipated and then acclaimed production of 'Cleopatra'. The Cleopatra movie and costume will forever dominate the news reports but with all respect to the Egyptian queen, Elizabeth Taylor was a much larger icon than that.
 Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands, with all but one ending in divorce. When asked why she married so often, she replied "I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me." Husbands aside, Liz Taylor enjoyed a long and lusty friendship with fellow actor Montgomery Clift. In her opinion, Clift was "the most gorgeous thing in the world and easily one of its best actors."

In her 79 years she went through many marriages, billions of dollars of diamonds, tons of eyeliner, hundreds of Dior couture commissions, a brilliant fur collection and changes in look, but her style remained the same, glamorous, elegant and sexy, a true Hollywood star to the heart.

Her close friendships with gay actors, most prominently Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift proved her to be open-minded in an age when homosexuality was career-threatening.
 By the 1980s, Taylor was already cutting back on her film roles. After the death of friend Rock Hudson, she helped start the American Foundation for Aids Research and later headed the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. She refused to attend the 2005 Academy Awards because of her opposition to the Iraq war.  In 2005 she was an headstrong supporter of Michael Jackson during his trial for child abuse. "I think he is one of the finest people to hit this planet and, in my estimation, he is the true king of pop, rock and soul."

One of Elizabeth Taylor's last great roles came when she provided the voice of the silent baby Maggie in a 1992 episode of The Simpsons titled 'Lisa's First Word'. She is said to record her one word line 'Daddy' many times before producers were satisfied.

Taylor's various heath problems were always the headlines. She fought cancer and pneumonia, as well as congestive heart failure. She broke her back five times and had both hips replaced. In later years her advanced osteoporosis mainly confined her to a wheelchair.

Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011 . She is survived by her brother; two sons, Michael and Christopher, from her marriage to Micheal Wilding; her daughter, Liza, from her marriage to Micheal Todd; her and Richard Burton's adopted daughter, Maria; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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