Date — 27 July, 2011
Dame Elizabeth Taylor was one of the greatest stars of the silver screen in the 1950s and 60s. Her biggest film hits included “Giant” with James Dean, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the side of Paul Newman and the blockbuster epic, “Cleopatra”.
Born in London in 1932, Liz was pushed into the world of the cinema by her ambitious mother after the family moved to California. She played her first supporting role at the age of just ten and won the hearts of a much wider audience in “Lassie Come Home”.
The actress’s stormy private life, her beauty, her eroticism, her many excesses and eight marriages to seven men – she married and divorced Richard Burton twice – provided enough material for a Hollywood movie in their own right and filled the columns of the tabloids for decades.
Liz Taylor appeared in more than 50 films and won two Oscars for Best Actress: in 1961, for her role as a call girl in “BUtterfield 8” , and in 1967, for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, the tale of a destructive marriage. In 1993 she was presented with an honorary Oscar for her services to humanity. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame in May 2000.
Elizabeth Taylor repeatedly used her name and celebrity to draw attention to burning political and social issues, and achieved her most resounding success with her fundraising activities on behalf of AIDS. She died, one of Hollywood’s all-time legends, on 23 March 2011 at the age of 79.
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