Elizabeth Taylor

Born Feb 27, 1932

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty and distinctive violet eyes.… Read More

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1932 - 1933 2 More Events
The Taylors decided to return to the United States in the spring of 1939 due to the political developments in Europe. … Read More
One of them was the fiancée of Universal Pictures' head executive John Cheever Cowdin, who arranged Taylor to audition for the studio in early 1941. … Read More
1942 10 Years Old 1 More Event
Universal terminated her contract in March 1942.


1944 - 1947 2 More Events
1948 16 Years Old 1 More Event
…  MGM organized her to date football champion Glenn Davis in 1948, and the following year she was briefly engaged to William Pawley Jr., son of U.S. ambassador William D. Pawley. … Read More
Taylor made the transition to adult roles in 1950, the year she turned eighteen. … Read More
1951 19 Years Old She was granted a divorce in January 1951, eight months after their wedding.


1952 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She signed a new seven-year contract with MGM in the summer of 1952, after several months of deliberation. … Read More
1954 - 1955 2 More Events
1956 24 Years Old Taylor and Wilding separated in July 1956, and were divorced in January 1957.
1957 25 Years Old Taylor married her third husband, theater and film producer Mike Todd, in Acapulco, Mexico on February 2, 1957. They had one daughter, Elizabeth "Liza" Frances (born August 6, 1957). Todd, known for publicity stunts, encouraged the media attention to their marriage; for example, in June 1957, he threw a birthday party at Madison Square Garden, which was attended by 18,000 guests and broadcast on CBS. … Read More
1958 26 Years Old …  She had completed only two weeks of filming in March 1958, when Todd was killed in a plane crash. … Read More
1959 27 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1959, Taylor owed one more film for MGM, which it decided should be BUtterfield 8 (1960), a drama about a high-class prostitute. … Read More
1960 28 Years Old Filming first began in England in 1960, but had to be halted several times due to bad weather and Taylor's ill health. … Read More


1962 - 1963 2 More Events
1964 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Despite public disapproval, she and Burton continued their relationship and were married the first time (his second marriage, her fifth) in 1964. … Read More
1966 34 Years Old In 1966, Taylor and Burton also performed Doctor Faustus for a week in Oxford to benefit the Oxford University Dramatic Society; he starred and she appeared in her first stage role as Helen of Troy, a part which required no speaking. … Read More
1967 35 Years Old Taylor's third film released in 1967, John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye, was her first without Burton since Cleopatra. … Read More
1968 36 Years Old In 1968, Taylor starred in two films directed by Joseph Losey, Boom! and Secret Ceremony, both of which were critical and commercial failures. … Read More


1972 - 1973 2 More Events
1974 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Her only film released in 1974, the Italian Muriel Spark adaptation The Driver's Seat (1974) was another failure. … Read More
1976 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, she participated in the Soviet-American fantasy film The Blue Bird (1976), another critical and box office failure, and had a small role in the television film Victory at Entebbe (1976), and in 1977 sang in the critically panned film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music (1977). … Read More
1981 49 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared as evil socialite Helena Cassadine in the daytime soap opera General Hospital in November 1981. … Read More


1983 51 Years Old After the divorce from Warner, Taylor was engaged to Mexican lawyer Victor Luna in 1983–1984, and was escorted by publisher Malcolm Forbes.
1984 52 Years Old 1 More Event
She made cameos in the soap operas Hotel and All My Children in 1984, and played a brothel keeper in the historical miniseries North and South in 1985. … Read More
1985 - 1986 2 More Events
She persuaded President Ronald Reagan to acknowledge the disease for the first time in a speech in 1987, and publicly criticized presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton for lack of interest in combatting the disease. … Read More
1988 56 Years Old She met her seventh and last husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky, at the Betty Ford Center in 1988.
1991 59 Years Old They were married at the Neverland Ranch of her longtime friend Michael Jackson on October 6, 1991. … Read More


1996 - 1997 2 More Events
2002 70 Years Old …  She also published a book about her collection, My Love Affair with Jewelry, in 2002.
2004 72 Years Old …  She used a wheelchair due to her back problems and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2004.
2011 79 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in 2011.
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