Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor,
was born on 27th February 1932
and died on 23rd March 2011 at
Elizabeth was born born in Hamstead Garden suburb a northwestern
suburb of London. She was the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor and Sara
Viola Warmbrodt both Americans who were residing in the UK .
However it has been said now that Elizabeth had passed away, that
she may have been born at a 'swinger's party in Hertford Cheshire in UK.
They would often travel for these parties.
In 1941, two years after the Taylors left
London to settle in Los Angeles, Sara Taylor finagled a six-month contract
for nine year-old Elizabeth at Universal Pictures and featured in 1942.
Born Every Minute’ co-starring Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer of “Our Gang” fame
strangely enough she seemed to have been fired from them - ‘her eyes seem too
old and doesn’t seem to have the face of a child’. Actually she seemed to
have been born with double eyelashes a medical condition known as
This gave her lashings of
sexual appeal and certainly did her no harm at all in accentuating her
scoliosis from birth and she endured severe problems all her life
. It is a curvature of the spine, and suffered back problems
which were partly to blame for her subsequent addiction to painkillers and
alcohol. But she never gave up.
Many of Elizabeth's back problems could be traced back as far
as falling off the horse whilst making National Velvet. Elizabeth became
'one shot Liz' because she managed to do it the shot right first
These gave her the appearance of seeming to be older than she really
was. Another fact of her birth was she was born with hypertrichosis; which
covered her body with soft back hair, however this vanished within a few
weeks after her birth, and the unsightly hair fell away.
Elizabeth’s dad was friends with Samuel Marx
from MGM ‘and this maybe helped her get a contact with MGM and appear in
Lassie Come Home” in 1943, and gained this by beating four other actresses to
get the part. This movie did not gain her much notoriety and she was loaned
out to 20th Century for Jane
Eyre in 1944.
believed that he mother was cruel and her insisted Elizabeth learn to cry on
cue. It eventually drove her to run to man at 18 and marry him not knowing
of his cruelty with any problems with violence and alcohol.
Elizabeth's' first years were spent in the UK. Her dad was an
art dealer and her mum a part time actress. They often mingled with Winston
Churchill and Sir Anthony Eden. Her mum enrolled her in acting and singing
classes sat the ripe old age of two.
Elizabeth at age three began taking ballet lessons with Vaccani. They move to Bel Air LA when World War
Two clouds were looming, where Francis her dad became a hen pecked husband and
Sara her mum a 'Pushy Stage Mum'. It seems that Francis was to have
never won an argument and turned also to alcohol to escape her wrath.
Sara demanded absolute perfection from Elizabeth in her
childhood performances. Watching from the sidelines grimacing when she did
not show enough emotion and when Elizabeth made a mistake
or messed up her lines Sara would stiffen to show her total displeasure. I
have read that she could only use her fingers to add up on, but she had the
photographers falling all over themselves with her beauty. And with that
5'2" tiny frame with a 19" waist who could blame them.
Elizabeth became engaged to
Pawley when she was aged only 17.
MGM boss Louis B Mayer sort to improve her looks by plucking
her hairline, neaten up her eyebrows and some thought she had her nose
redone in her 20's. It does seem to have changed shape, but I certainly am
MGM also set her up with a date at 17 year with Glenn Davis an
Elizabeth grew tied of this quickly as a complete set up and tossed him
aside. Sara saw her opening with Howard Hughes a friend of Francis Taylor
and refused to go on a weekend to met him much to her mum's displeasure.
Sara came home from her weekend with Howard with Howard's proposals if
Elizabeth married him he would buy her a complete movie studio. Of course
Elizabeth totally ignored this idea and then ran off in defiance and married
Nicky Hilton on 6th May 1950 from the Hilton hotel empire.
Sara believed of course her marriage was because of making 12
movies her some of love confused her real life thinking. however the studio
designed her wedding dress, trousseau and honeymoon attire and this also
made her confuse fact and fantasy. Now she had managed to distance
herself now from her mum but this was not to bring her much joy. Her
honeymoon was spent in the South of France with
but it seems it took a full week for her to have her marriage consummated.
Or so it has been said. During her stay with Nicky in Monte Carlo he became
jealous of Elizabeth getting all the attention and he turned to gambling and
drinking and he beat her with bruises all over her petite body. During
one occasion of a bitter argument she was sent reeling backwards, knocking
the wind out of her as she landed hard on the ground screaming 'that will
teach you' and then walked away. And like most domestic violence Elizabeth
thought it was her fault.
Elizabeth hid this disharmony for her parents, but they soon
discovered when they were sharing dinner with them one night what was really
going on between them with Nicky yelling at her 'you make me sick'. With
that tirade Elizabeth screamed get out of the house, you b.....d. It
was noted during this time she suffered
. It was evident she was not placed on God's earth to have her stomach
kicked to give her a miscarriage. This whole saga ended after 7 months of
marriage with her divorce in 1 February 1951 and she took no alimony as she
wanted no prizes for failing. The 203 days marriage to Nicky, were probably
the most problematic of all her marraiges.
It was during making the film 'Father's Little Dividend' she
seemed to be enduring real heartache which she seemed to have endured during
her entire life, she chained smoked, lost 20lbs of weight, had very high
blood pressure, colitis and ulcers. For some weird reason she began eating
baby food a the age of 19. This marked the beginning of a pattern her entire
life her debilitating illnesses and always seemed somewhat linked to her
troubled life. Elizabeth endured anaemia, meningitis, phlebitis, three
caesarians. pneumonia, meningitis, a complete nervous breakdown, her
tonsils removed, crushed spinal disc leading to three vertebra to be replaced
and a tracheotomy, broken leg and a torn knee ligaments , all before she
Michael Wilding was to be her next husband Elizabeth. They
were married on 21st February 1952. Elizabeth met him in London whilst
making 'Ivanhoe' who was twice her age and balding hair and Tweed suits.
Giving her more of a fatherly figure all the attributes she sadly craved for
herself, maturity security and a peaceful tranquil life. Somehow Elizabeth
became the aggressor in this marriage and like her dad he loathed
confrontation. Whilst Michael was happily doing his crossword puzzle she
grabbed it ripped into shreds and chastised him for not making her the
centre of her universe. He simply took but after five years of marriage they
on 31st January 1957 bearing him had two sons Michael Howard Wilding
and Christopher Edward Wilding. She admitted her time with him must have
lots of rough patches, but he clearly was a lovely person and she was just
too immature to cope.
Elizabeth was given the role of Rebecca she became pregnant with her first
child, and MGM insisted she push through forced her through in 1953 he
Girl Who Had Everything (even adding two hours to her daily work
schedule). Elizabeth announced she lamented that she needed the money, as
she had just bought a new house with
and with their child on the way things money would be pretty tight.
It was Mike Todd, husband no three that she married on the 2nd February
1957, wow that was quick after that last divorce. It was to be their 3rd
marriages for both of them. He seemed to tame her
somewhat and gave her the love that she craved and his plan was simple
would treat her as a child and that simply worked a she never had a
childhood. Elizabeth was aged 24 and Mike was 47 at the time they were
married. They had one child Elizabeth Frances born 11th October 1957 and she
would be known as Liza. It was during Liza complicated birth that she now
never going to fall pregnant again.
This marriage for Elizabeth was indeed a happy one, however he was
know to be quite abusive, often smacking her face and giving her a shove or
two, but then with remorse would lavish her with expensive presents. At last
she had someone who truly loved her and for Elizabeth her first real love
and managed her the way she needed. Mike Todd to Elizabeth was protective
and very powerful and his masculinity was totally irresistible to her.
named a plane after her called the 'the Liz'. strangely enough she did not
like to be called that at all. This was the plane that he died in on the
22nd March 1958. Mike took off that fateful time kissing Elizabeth
‘I’m afraid something’s going to happen,’ he told her. ‘I’m too
How very, very sad.
As Elizabeth had recently given birth to Liza she was not feeling
well so she didn't accompany him on that fateful flight. As we would
expect she was in total shock and was inconsolable when told and had to
restrained from his coffin at his funeral. Eddie Fisher somehow got
Elizabeth to his funeral and it was then that she relied on him so much that
they eventually fell in love and then she 'steals him away from Debbie,
the Hollywood sweetheart. Elizabeth flung herself into the roll of 'Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof' This movie gave her her second
Academy Award. Elizabeth's roll was so much like herself with at tight slip
she wore and her looking tempestuous and being the quite vulnerable woman
and not being a doormat in relationship. She took on a
real life roll as Jezebel. Now losing some ground as the grieving widow.
This enormous scandal was seen in Hollywood, as she was now the notorious
home wrecker. Hollywood even cancelled Eddies' TV series
1957 Raintree County took several years to make as A near-fatal car
accident during the film’s production – which occurred after leaving
Taylor’s home in the Hollywood Hills – had left his formerly handsome face
disfigured. The accident occurred not far from the Wilding home, not only
did Elizabeth raced to be at Clift's side and prevented him from choking to
death by removing two of his teeth which had unfortunately become lodged in
his throat, she would nurse him back to health and provide as much nurturing
as the tortured actor would allow.
In 1958 Elizabeth sort help
deal with her feelings and grief with Eddie Fisher and this eventually broke
his marriage to his dear wife Debbie Reynolds. This whole episode put
Elizabeth to go from suddenly from the grieving widow to the 'husband
stealer' they of course married and Elizabeth converted to Judaism on
the 12th May 1959. Elizabeth was 27 and Eddie was about 31.
part in the love triangle would be forgiven after she nearly died from
pneumonia in 1961.
This ill fated union lasted till 6th March 1964 and there were no
children to this marriage. It was during making 'Cleopatra'
that she met
Richard Burton and show how history repeating itself once again she broke up
two marriage. We are told Debbie did finally forgave Elizabeth and remained
friends after the betrayal dissipated. Elizabeth was the very first actress
to be pain a million dollars for her role as Cleopatra.
Filming began in I believe in for 1963 Cleopatra, and it was
during her fist kissing scene that they fizzled together, the director
called loud out
‘I’m sorry to interrupt you two... but it’s time for lunch.’
Elizabeth's now with her exotic beauty and it was now she hit the high point
of her career. She was really born for this role of the amazing powerful and
deeply desirable star Egyptian lady.
marriage to Richard was actually turned out to be her longest marriage. This
Richard Burton on the 15th March 1964 an divorced him 26th June 1964 and
married him once again
another short marriage from 10 October 1975 - 1 August 1976.
adopted one child. During this marriage they would drink to excess and have
blazing rows. They would appear in many movies together.
Who's' Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966, The VIP's , The
Sandpipers 1965, The Taming of the Shrew 1967 , Doctor Faustus 1967 ,
The Comedians 1967, and Boom in 1968.
Where Eagles Dare. After the day’s filming, he had stayed up
drinking vintage brandy with companions, including me, while Taylor had
retired to bed. To complete the drama of her reappearance, Burton was being
threatened with a handgun by a pushy expat American he’d just told to get
lost. The gunman now looked on, as dumbfounded and dazzled as the rest of
‘Either you come up now,’ Taylor hissed at Burton, ‘or don’t bother
to, ever again.’
get away,’ snarled Burton, reaching again for his brandy.
‘Get away yourself,’ Elizabeth snarled and proceeded to clutch her leather
coat tightly around her body and stomped off to their room alone and
Next day it
ever so sweet between them. Elizabeth's nick name for Richard was ‘Boofy’,
his nick name for Elizabeth was ‘Ocean’, and between takes they canoodled
like love struck adolescents.
Elizabeth totally committed to her marriage learnt Welsh trying and
she some how curbed her gross untidiness even learning to empty her
A friend of Elizabeth quoted a
lovely memory about Elizabeth and Richard saying " Elisabeth's memories
of their days together were tremendous comfort to her. Their bond of
love was never broken, even by his death and nothing will keep them
Elizabeth retired from acting and the marriage was certainly a
miss match, one of many actually. Her marriage to
John Warner was on 4 December 1976 till 7 November 1982. They had a
life long friendship and he described her ' heart and soul were just as
beautiful as her classic face and majestic eyes', so very true. John was a
dull and seemingly a boring US Politian
who sought to be elected as the Senate. Taylor threw herself into the role of
Washington wife, even selling the diamond Richard Burton had given her to
fund Warner’s election campaign.
I wonder if she ever regretted doing this?
During he time with
John Warner, she battled constantly with excess alcohol, over easting
and pain medication.
was after after this divorce that her
friendship with Michael Jackson flourished. Some even thought they would
marry. I cannot see that but I am no expert.
Elizabeth was in and out of California's Betty Ford Clinic to
overcame her alcohol and a dependence on painkillers but she triumphed and
emerged as a champion in the cause of AIDS victims after the death of her
long time friend Rock Hudson who died on 2nd October 1985.
Fortensky was to be Elizabeth's last effort
with as a married lady. This was on 6th October 1991 and they divorced on
31st October 1996 .No one was to ever, under any circumstances,
put through telephone calls from her former husband Larry Fortensky.
She had lost interest in forming romantic attachments after the
disappointment of her failed, final marriage to the construction worker
Larry was a construction worker and they met whilst
doing rehab. Larry was 21 years younger than Elizabeth. Elizabeth romanced
Larry for three years and married Larry at Michael's
Neverland Ranch and it was kind Michael who paid for this. Elizabeth repaid
his kindness and generously bought Michael an elephant a called Gyspy.
Elizabeth although she married 8 times, it was wasn't in her
makeup just to simply go bed with them she wanted to make it legal.
In 1997 Elizabeth's health once again gave her huge blow with a
brain tumors. Now her lovely black hair was shaved and grey short cropped
hair was part of appearance.
Elizabeth held duel citizenship from UK and the USA]
She reportedly sought, in 1965, to renounce her United States citizenship,
to wit: "Though never accepted by the State Department, Liz renounced in
1965. Elizabeth seemed to want to hide much of her European income from U.S.
taxes. Elizabeth was attempting to have solely a British citizen. Some
reports at the say that the officials denied her request when she failed to
complete the renunciation oath, refusing to say that she renounced 'all
allegiance to the United States of America.' "
Elizabeth became in 1971 a grandmother at the age of 39. Leaving
behind after she died 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grand
children. Her 4 children were present when she died in Cedars-Sinai Medical
Centre in LA.
She once described herself as a 'living example of what people can
go through and survive'.
All the rooms had to be scented with white gardenias — her favourite
In 2000, she was thrilled to become Dame Elizabeth Taylor in
recognition of her services to film.
And she was never, ever, ever to be referred to as Liz. She was Dame
Elizabeth to everyone, even her nearest, dearest and closest companions. But
then, right to the end, the Dame was gutsy, spoiled, foul-mouthed and
Her last great hurrah was a lavish party at the Ritz Carlton hotel
in Las Vegas, given four years ago on her 75th birthday. She turned up
swathed in a white mink and wearing a four-inch icicle drop diamond collar
with matching drop earrings — every inch the goddess.
Her last major foreign trip was to London last April to honour
Richard Burton — a bust of him was being donated to the Royal Welsh College
of Music and Drama.
She burst into tears at the gala dinner when she saw the
representation of his face — dabbing at her face with a handkerchief while
Prince Charles stood beside her.
Richard was certainly
the love of her life after Mike Todd died and she is believed to have kept
her last letter from him 3 days before his death on 2nd August 1984 and she
kept it along side her bed and it was believed to have been with her in her
coffin at her wishes. It was said that she burst into tears upon receiving
it after his memorial. Richard wrote her many love letters around 40, even
when they were not together some are published 'Furious Love Elizabeth
Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the C
and they contained repeated declarations of his undying love for her.
For the last decade and a half of her life, the great screen legend
lived in reclusive, eccentric splendor. Family and friends were
increasingly kept at bay as she relied on doctors, psychics and a coterie of
homosexual ‘walkers’ to keep her company.
At the centre of the kingdom was a small good-natured white Maltese
dog named Daisy, who slept on a silk cushion next to her mistress and whose
needs were paramount.
Referring to the dog, Taylor once said: ‘Sometimes I think there is
a person in there,’ and she wasn’t altogether joking. She loved Daisy and would talk to her for hours.
She had both hips replaced and beat skin cancer, a brain tumor,
diabetes, seizures and a stroke. She endured an estimated 70 illnesses and
had 100 operations, 20 of them quite major operations.
Whilst it was said , nothing can crush her spirit, but her body
seemed to always let her down, with many of the illness could be largely
related to trauma that she was experiencing in her life at that time.
Most of adolescent and a adulthood were lived in front of
the public and we all saw her fall in and out of love and marriages and
her may illness and saw with astonishment that her many
tribulations, she just kept getting back and moving forward. Her many
loves and life was like a long drawn Hollywood movie script, mirroring
screen and life in one event.
Her closest companions tended to be handsome and openly homosexual —
like personal assistant Tim Mendelson, manager Jason Winters and hairdresser
Chris Dodd said "She was truly an American icon "Her talent
endured the test of time and transcended generations of movie goers.
Asked in 199 'What would you like to see on your gravestone
she said "Here lies Elizabeth She hated to be called Liz. but she lived"
It was said by many in the movie industry 'She would be
late for her own funeral' and she was 15 minutes late.
Elizabeth smoked till her 50's and reportedly gave them up,
however it gave her Congestive Hear failure which will eventually kill her.
Elizabeth's love and passion for fine jeweler is well
documented. Her favourite
occupation was to get out her fabulous collection of glittering jewels. Acquiring
33.19-carat (6.64 g)
Diamond, the 50-carat (10 g)
La Peregrina Pearl,
that Richard gave as a Valentine's Day present in 1969.
Elizabeth would tell Daisy her beloved dog the romantic story
behind the origin of each piece.
Elizabeth launched three very successful and wonderful
earnings from her own perfumes "Passion", "White Diamonds", and "Black
At the time of her death she was survived by her four children, ten
grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. It was said
by Michael her son, 57.
'My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest,
with great passion, humour and love, and
know, quite simply, the world is a better place for Mum having lived in it.'
And lived she did, feeling peace at the end. Yes now
the shining alluring diamond know as Elizabeth Taylor, with such wonderful
acting ability is now finally resting without pain and hopefully the peace
she endeavored all her life to receive. Elizabeth will be catching up with
James Dean, Paul Newman, Cliff Montgomery, Mike Todd, Michael Wilding,
Rock Hudson, Roddy McDowall and sharing a few drinks and laughs about lost
times and great memories. Her blemished and sometime battered career
with her weight gains, drinking etc, she managed to outlive and indeed well
and truly outshone some of the her best peers . A long life, that was torn
by her conflicting, somewhat painful to endue and fragile emotional state,
but peaceful towards the end. We could never say she did not make her life
not count. Yes men adored Elizabeth and seemed to love her also.
She was a shrewd, intelligent and intuitive and above all she LIVED
her life sure some regrets, as we all do.
Debbie Reynolds revealed two weeks before Elizabeth died, they
spoke Saying "Getting old is really s******" ' Elizabeth said "It
certainly is. It really is Debbie. This is really tough"
The New York Times tribute to Hollywood's last movie goddess,
had to admit that Elizabeth had actually outlived the obituary writer by six
years. How strange.
It they ever make amovie about her life they wer definielty not
ever going to do whilst she wa alive.
Best Actress Win for Who's
Afraid of Virginia Woolf --- 1967
Best Actress Win for Butterfield 8
Best Actress Nomination for
Suddenly Last Summer --- 1960
Best Actress Nomination for Cat on
a Hot Tin Roof --- 1959
Best Actress Nomination for
Raintree County --- 1958
Elizabeth’s’ well documented marriages appear
1. Conrad Hilton Jr. (6 May 1950 - 1 February 1951) (divorced)
2. Michael Wilding (21 February 1952 - 30 January 1957) (divorced) 2
3. Michael Todd (2 February 1957 - 22 March 1958) (his death) 1
4. Eddie Fisher (12 May 1959 - 6 March 1964) (divorced)
5. Richard Burton (15 March 1964 - 26 June 1974) (divorced) 1
6. Richard Burton (10 October 1975 - 1 August 1976) (remarried)
7. John Warner (4 December 1976 - 7 November 1982) (divorced)
8. Larry Fortensky (6 October 1991 - 31 October 1996) (divorced)
Elizabeth Taylor’s Movies /TV etc
1942 - There's One Born Every Minute: Gloria Twine
1943 - Lassie Come Home: Priscilla
1943 - Jane Eyre: Helen Burns (uncredited)
1944 - The White Cliffs of Dover: Betsy Kenney at Age 10 (uncredited)
1944 - National Velvet: Velvet Brown
1946 - Courage of Lassie: Kathie Eleanor Merrick
1947 - Life with Father: Mary Skinner
1947 - Cynthia: Cynthia Bishop
1948 - A Date with Judy: Carol Pringle
1948 - Julia Misbehaves: Susan Packett
1949 - Little Women:
1949 - Conspirator:
1950 - The Big Hangover: Mary Belney
1950 - Father of the Bride:
1951 - Father's Little Dividend:
1951 - A Place in the Sun:
1951 - Quo Vadis:
Prisoner in Arena (uncredited)
1952 - Love Is Better Than Ever:
1952 - Ivanhoe:
1953 - The Girl Who Had Everything: Jean Latimer
1954 – Rhapsody: Louise Durant
1954 - Elephant Walk:
1954 - Beau Brummell:
1954 - The Last Time I Saw Paris:
1956 - Giant:
1957 - Raintree County: Susanna Drake
1958 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:
(Originally Grace Kelly was marked to play this
role but the Broadway show had not completed in time and when it was
finished Grace Kelly had got married and was no longer playing rolls in
1959 - Suddenly, Last Summer: Catherine Holly
1960 - Scent of Mystery: l Sally Kennedy (uncredited)
1960 - Butterfield 8: Gloria Wandrous
1963 - Cleopatra:
1963 - The V.I.P’S:
1965 - The Sandpiper: Laura Reynolds
1966 - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha
1967 - The Taming of the Shrew:
1967 - Doctor Faustus:
1967 - Reflections in a Golden Eye:
1967 - The Comedians:
1968 - Boom Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
1968 - Secret Ceremony: Leonora
1969 - Anne of the Thousand Days: Courtesan (uncredited)
1970 - The Only Game in Town: Fran Walker
1972 - Zee and Co:
1972 - Under Milk Wood:
1972 - Hammersmith Is Out Jimmie:
1973 -Divorce His - Divorce Hers (TV movie):
1973 -Night Watch: Ellen Wheeler
1973 - Ash Wednesday: Barbara Sawyer
1974 - Identikit: Lise
1976 - The Blue Bird Queen of Light/Mother/Witch/Maternal Love
1976 - Victory at Entebbe (TV movie): Edra Vilnofsky
1977 - A Little Night Music:
1978 - Return Engagement: Dr. Emily Loomis
1978 - Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV series): Dr. Emily Loomis
1979 - Winter Kills: Lola Comante (uncredited)
1980 - The Mirror Crack'd:
1981 - General Hospital (TV series): Helena Cassadine
– Episode dated 19 November 1981 (1981) … Helena Cassadine
– Episode dated 17 November 1981 (1981) … Helena Cassadine
– Episode dated 16 November 1981 (1981) … Helena Cassadine
See all 6 episodes
1983 - Between Friends (TV movie): Deborah Shapiro
1983 -Boardmember at the Chateau / Maid at the Goal Post
1984 - All My Children (TV series)
1984 - Hotel (TV series) Katherine Cole & – Intimate Strangers
(1984) : Katherine Cole
1985 - Malice in Wonderland (TV movie): Louella Parsons
1985 - North and South (TV mini-series): Madam Conti all 6 parts
1986 - There Must Be a Pony (TV movie): Marguerite Sydney
1987 - Poker Alice (TV movie): Alice Moffit
1988 - Il giovane Toscanini: Nadina Bulichoff
1989 - Sweet Bird of Youth (TV movie): Alexandra Del Lago
1992 - A Formula for Hate :… Mrs. Andrews (voice)
1992 - Captain Planet and the Planeteers (TV series): Mrs. Andrews
1992 - Lisa’s First Word: Maggie Simpson (voice)
Lisa's First Word (1992):
1994 - The Flintstones:
2001 - These Old Broads (TV movie): Beryl Mason
2001 - God, the Devil and Bob (TV series) - Sarah – God's Girlfriend
… Sarah (voice)
Elizabeth was nominated for 5
I have zipped some photographs of Elizabeth and they will be on the
next page. Also some of her
famous one liners and quotes will appear on page 2.