This article is about the actress. There is also an article about the novelist of the same name.
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (born February 27, 1932), known also as Liz Taylor, is a American actress born in Hampstead, London, England. She is famed for her film work which won her an Academy Award, her multiple marriages (notably twice to the Welsh actor Richard Burton) and from the 1990s on for her charity fundraising.
Elizabeth Taylor was the daughter of Francis Lenn Taylor (1897-1968) and Sara Taylor (née Sara Viola Warmbrodt, 1896-1994). Her parents, an art dealer and a former stage actress, were American. She has an elder brother, Howard, and was named for her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Taylor (née Elizabeth Mary Rosemond).
At the age of three she began taking ballet lessons, and played in her first movie at the age of nine. Her first major role was as the lead in Clarence Brown's film National Velvet, in which a young girl, Velvet Brown, played by Taylor, trains a horse to win the Grand National.
She attended University High School in Los Angeles, California and received her high school diploma on January 26, 1950.
Taylor has devoted much time and energy to AIDS-related charities.
Elizabeth Taylor received an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1960 for Butterfield 8 and in 1966 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1999 and was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2002.
- 1942 There's One Born Every Minute
- 1943 Lassie Come Home
- 1944 Jane Eyre, The White Cliffs of Dover, National Velvet
- 1946 Courage of Lassie
- 1947 Life with Father, Cynthia
- 1948 A Date with Judy, Julia Misbehaves
- 1949 Little Women, Conspirator
- 1950 The Big Hangover, Father of the Bride
- 1951 Quo Vadis, Father's Little Dividend
- 1951 A Place in the Sun, Callaway Went Thataway
- 1952 Love Is Better Than Ever, Ivanhoe
- 1953 The Girl Who Had Everything
- 1954 Rhapsody, Elephant Walk
- 1954 Beau Brummell, The Last Time I Saw Paris
- 1956 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars, Giant
- 1957 Raintree County, Operation Raintree
- 1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- 1959 Suddenly, Last Summer
- 1960 Butterfield 8, Scent of Mystery
- 1962 Lykke og krone
- 1963 Cleopatra, The V.I.P.s
- 1964 On the Trail of the Iguana
- 1965 The Sandpiper, The Love Goddesses, The Big Sur
- 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
- 1967 La Bisbetica domata, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Comedians, Doctor Faustus, The Comedians in Africa
- 1968 Around the World of Mike Todd, Boom, Secret Ceremony, On Location: 'Where Eagles Dare'
- 1969 Anne of the Thousand Days
- 1970 The Only Game in Town
- 1972 Zee and Co, Hammersmith Is Out
- 1973 Night Watch, Ash Wednesday, Under Milk Wood
- 1974 The Driver's Seat, That's Entertainment
- 1976 The Blue Bird, That's Entertainment, Part II
- 1977 A Little Night Music
- 1979 Winter Kills
- 1980 The Mirror Crack'd
- 1981 Genocide
- 1983 Montgomery Clift
- 1985 North and South
- 1988 Il Giovane Toscanini
In addition to her movies, she has also appeared in a number of TV series, including General Hospital, All My Children, and The Simpsons (as the voice of Maggie).
- 1994 The Flintstones
- 1997 The Fifties
- 1999 The Visit
Marriages and Children
Elizabeth Taylor has been married eight times:
- May 6, 1950 - January 29, 1951, to Nicky Hilton, Hilton Hotel heir
- February 21, 1952 - October 4, 1956, to Michael Wilding, actor
- Son: Michael Wilding Jr., born January 6, 1953
- Son: Christopher Wilding, born February 27, 1955
- February 2, 1957 - March 23, 1958, to producer Michael Todd
- Daughter: Elizabeth Frances Todd, born August 6, 1957
- 1959 - March 6, 1964, with Eddie Fisher (born Edwin Jack Fisher), singer, actor
- March 15, 1964 - June 26, 1974, to Richard Burton (born Richard Jones), actor
- Daughter: Maria Carson, born 1961 and adopted in 1964
- October 1975 - summer 1976, remarried Richard Burton
- December 4, 1976 - November 7, 1982, to Senator John Warner
- October 6, 1991 - November 1996, to Larry Fortensky (Lawrence Lee Fortensky), teamster, construction equipment operator