Elizabeth Taylor

Actress Elizabeth Taylor

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.
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Benedict Andrews' full-throttle theatre: 'I want to bother you in your dreams'
Guardian (UK) - 8 months
As he directs Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in a sizzling Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Australian discusses waging war on the old guard, his obsession with desire and why he’s inspired by the ‘visceral violence’ of Francis Bacon It’s hot, Tennessee Williams hot, and in an old church hall in Southwark, the hottest play of the summer is slowly coming together: the West End production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Jack O’Connell and Sienna Miller play the leads in Tennessee Williams’s walloping family drama fuelled by sex and drink. In the 1958 film, Paul Newman played Brick Pollitt, the golden boy gone to sot, and Elizabeth Taylor was his wit’s-end wife, Maggie the Cat. Together, they generated enough heat to melt metal. No wonder director Benedict Andrews is turning off three industrial fans after the day’s rehearsals. The 45-year-old Australian plonks himself down in a swivel chair. “You can’t rehearse this play in a protected way,” he says, half-puffed. “You have to dive in at the dee...
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Badged and searched: Sicily G7 fortress town irks locals
Yahoo News - 9 months
"The town is unrecognisable, the streets are empty and most shops are closed," says Antonella Calopardo, a local resident. Italian authorities are taking no chances to protect the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, who have gathered in Taormina to discuss the thorny issues of climate change, trade and worldwide security threats. Locals going in and out of the jet-set town that once played host to the likes of Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway and Elizabeth Taylor are forced to wait at airport-style checkpoints to be scanned, their cars and scooters methodically searched.
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Get Ready For A Movie About Michael Jackson's Beloved Pet Chimpanzee
Huffington Post - 9 months
Because we will never satiate our collective appetite for Michael Jackson’s sordid personal life, Netflix is reportedly closing a deal to acquire a movie told from the perspective of the singer’s chimpanzee.  Maybe you remember Bubbles? Here’s a refresher course. Jackson adopted the young chimp in 1983. By the late ‘80s, Bubbles was wearing diapers, traveling with Jackson on tours, sitting in on recording sessions and sleeping in a crib at Neverland Ranch. It was once rumored that Bubbles would serve as ring bearer at Elizabeth Taylor’s 1991 wedding, held at Jackson’s home, but Taylor’s spokeswoman denied it. Contributing to Jackson’s media mockery, the chimp’s presence helped to cement the singer’s lingering Peter Pan persona. In the early 2000s, Bubbles had become an aggressive adult, as apes are wont to do, and he was relocated to an animal sanctuary.  Now, back to the news: The movie is a stop-motion coming-of-age story called, well, “Bubbles.” The script, written by Is...
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An Elizabeth Taylor Gem? Cue the Turmoil
NYTimes - 10 months
Ms. Taylor’s trust has filed suit in New York Supreme Court against Christie’s over a diamond pendant the auction house sold in 2011.
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Emeralds discovered in 400-year-old shipwreck set to fetch millions
CNN - 11 months
Cleopatra wore them. Elizabeth Taylor loved them. Egyptians believed they could bring eternal life.
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Here’s Exactly What It’ll Cost To Teach You About Diversity, Aaron Sorkin
Huffington Post - 11 months
Dear Aaron Sorkin, During a Writers Guild festival last weekend, you were seemingly flabbergasted to learn about the diversity issues that plague Hollywood, asking, “Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?” Nailed it. Now, a lot of people are still just trying to wrap their heads around how a man of your stature and accomplishment ― who has been in the film business for 29 years ― could not see that there was a huge lack of diversity in the industry. But you seemed genuinely concerned, which I appreciate, and open to learning more. I would like to help you learn. For the low price of exactly $52,539.38. You’re probably wondering how I derived at this number. Well, Mr. Sorkin, in between the time you were helming “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Social Network,” I was in college studying radio, television and fi...
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Elizabeth Taylor's 'secret' watch
CNN - 11 months
Elizabeth Taylor had an eye for beautiful jewelry, once declaring "a girl can always have more diamonds."
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Shipwreck jewels worth millions
CNN - 11 months
Cleopatra wore them. Elizabeth Taylor loved them. Egyptians believed they could bring eternal life.
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Golden Age of Hollywood up for auction
Reuters.com - 12 months
Pieces of costume jewelry designed by Eugene Joseff and worn by iconic Hollywood stars like Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, are going up for auction in Hollywood. Rough Cut - no reporter narration
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Robert Osborne Wasn't Just Our Host For The Movies. He Was Our Date.
Huffington Post - 12 months
Robert Osborne showed us why television, more than any other medium, turned hosts into stars. Osborne, who died Monday at the age of 84, wrote or compiled more than a dozen books about the movie biz. But what endeared him to anyone who loved movies was his long-running role as a host on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and, before that, on The Movie Channel.   Before the latest showing of Casablanca, or during a night of Joan Blondell, Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper or Elizabeth Taylor flicks, Osborne would pop up as the genial host. He would summarize the historic value and artistic merit of the film, usually interspersed with fun facts about its casting or filming. These short monologues were often masterpieces. They were not, however, the primary reason we loved Robert Osborne. We loved him because in very important ways, he was a dear friend who had picked out these wonderful movies just for us. Television at its best invites itself into the viewer’s home, bringing th...
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Stop Bannon and his puppet Trump; Elect a Democratic Congress in 2018
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Reality tells us the only way to ensure we stop Trump in the long run, unless he is impeached, is to elect a Democratic Congress in 2018. We can and should continue to march and protest but that must lead to organizing and electing Democrats. The first step is ensuring we keep the Virginia governorship and retake the governor's office in New Jersey in 2017. To do this we need to stop fighting each other and one way to do that is to stop demanding perfection in our candidates. That is what led to the election of Donald Trump. The Susan Sarandon's and Ralph Nader's of the world who by their stupidity and short-sightedness supported third party candidates must take some responsibility for Trump being in the White House. Sarandon had the unmitigated gall to tweet after the women's march telling Cher to keep protesting after she told everyone she thinks Clinton is more dangerous than Trump. For the next two years we need to get all Democrats and Independent voters who lean Democratic...
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Lea Delaria Announces Split From Fiancée In Hilarious Instagram
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Don’t cry for “Orange Is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria.  On Wednesday, the 58-year-old actress announced that she and her fiancée, Chelsea Fairless, have called it quits. The couple had originally planned to tie the knot Jan. 8, which is also DeLaria’s parents’ wedding anniversary, People magazine reported.  DeLaria, who also appeared on “Will & Grace” and “Californication,” confirmed the news in a Jan. 11 Instagram photo. The cheeky post is a take on David Gest and Liza Minnelli’s legendary 2002 nuptials, with DeLaria and Fairless’s faces superimposed on Gest and Minnelli’s bodies alongside Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. In the background, Roxette’s ‘80s hit, “It Must Have Been Love,” which was featured on the soundtrack to “Pretty Woman,” plays.  Apparently this was an eerily prophetic choice of engagement photo as our relationship has since gone the way of David and Liza, with one small exception: our split is amicable. Please exclude us from...
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Take A Peek Inside Christie's 250-Year-Old Jewelry Archives
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
For Architectural Digest, by Lindsey Mather. ”Jewels play numerous and diverse roles in our lives: they can serve as measurements of wealth, icons of power, mementoes of love, the spoils of war, objects of desire and, even, emergency cash. But, above all, jewels are the embodiment of beauty,” writes François Curiel, the chairman of Christie’s Asia-Pacific, in the new book Christie’s: The Jewellery Archives Revealed (ACC Art Books, $95). Perhaps their loveliness is what makes the coffee table tome so appealing: You could stare at the sparkling pieces from the auction house’s 250-year-old archive without ever growing bored. Author Vincent Meylan delves into the stories behind both the gems andtheir owners — many of the creations within are from the collections of the rich, famous, and powerful: Marie Antoinette, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Victoria’s granddaughters. Here, discover a few of the most impressive jewels from the book. More...
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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher shine in 'Bright Lights' - Los Angeles Times
Google News - about 1 year
Los Angeles Times Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher shine in 'Bright Lights' Los Angeles Times Even if Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds hadn't died within a day of each other last week, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” would have been a lovely, bittersweet portrait of a complicated yet unusually devoted mother ... How Carrie Fisher Helped Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor Bury their Feud ForeverPEOPLE.com Carrie Fisher Cremated Ahead of Debbie Reynolds' BurialE! Online Carrie Fisher's Body Has Been Cremated & Some Of Her Ashes Will Be Buried With Debbie ReynoldsPerezHilton.com The Boston Globe -Us Weekly -Entertainment Tonight -Variety all 711 news articles »
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How Debbie Reynolds And Elizabeth Taylor's Tabloid Scandal Almost Destroyed Their Friendship
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Debbie Reynolds is best known as the song-and-dance whiz who dazzled us in “Singin’ on the Rain,” “The Tender Trap” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The woman never stopped working. New generations were introduced to her through “Will & Grace,” “Halloweentown,” “Behind the Candelabra” and a wealth of other roles. Reynolds, who died Wednesday at age 84, was also a gossip fixture thanks to her friendship with the high priestess of the tabloids, Elizabeth Taylor. The actresses became fast friends circa 1950 when they met at MGM, the studio responsible for releasing many of Reynolds’ most famous musicals. By that point, Taylor had become an established teen star, thanks to breakthrough roles in “National Velvet,” “A Date with Judy” and “Father of the Bride.” “We went to school together on the lot, when she was in between films,” Reynolds reportedly told People magazine in 2015. “I was just a beginner, and she and I were not in any manner alike, but we got along very well beca...
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Zsa Zsa Gabor, Actress And Glamour Icon, Dead At 99
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at the age of 99. The actress and socialite died of a heart attack, according to TMZ. At her peak, Gabor was one of the most famous women in the world. Known for her unapologetically lavish lifestyle and bombshell image, she was in the public eye for more than six decades. Though Gabor withdrew from the limelight in her later years, she remained an enduring figure of old Hollywood glamour.  The daughter of a soldier and a European jewelry heiress, Sari Gabor was born on Feb. 6, 1917, (her birth year has been disputed throughout her career) in Budapest, Hungary. Gabor, who began referring to herself as Zsa Zsa in childhood, was discovered by the famous opera singer Richard Tauber in 1934, setting her on a path toward superstardom.  Although Gabor made her mark on the silver screen with roles in “Lovely to Look” (1952), “Moulin Rouge” (1952), “Death of a Scoundrel” (1956), “Queen of Outer Space” (1958) and Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” (1958), her forem...
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 78
    After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in 2011.
    She died of the illness six years later, aged 79, on March 23, 2011 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized six weeks earlier.
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  • 2004
    Age 71
    She used a wheelchair due to her back problems and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2004.
  • 2002
    Age 69
    She also published a book about her collection, My Love Affair with Jewelry, in 2002.
  • 1997
    Age 64
    She received a Lifetime of Glamour Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1997.
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  • 1996
    Age 63
    Taylor and Fortensky divorced in October 1996.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 58
    They were married at the Neverland Ranch of her longtime friend Michael Jackson on October 6, 1991.
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  • 1988
    Age 55
    She met her seventh and last husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky, at the Betty Ford Center in 1988.
  • 1987
    Age 54
    Taylor was the first celebrity to create her own collection of fragrances. In collaboration with Elizabeth Arden, Inc., she began by launching two best-selling perfumes, Passion in 1987 and White Diamonds in 1991.
    Taylor was honored with several awards for her philanthropic work. She was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honour in 1987 and received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993, the Screen Actors' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanitarian service in 1997, the GLAAD Vanguard Award in 2000 and the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001.
    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.
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  • 1986
    Age 53
    Taylor testified before the Senate and Congress for the Ryan White Care Act in 1986, 1990 and 1992.
  • 1985
    Age 52
    In August 1985, she and Dr. Michael Gottlieb founded the National AIDS Research Foundation after her friend and former co-star Rock Hudson announced that he was dying of the disease.
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  • 1984
    Age 51
    She began her philanthropic work in 1984, after becoming frustrated with the disease being widely discussed, but "nobody was doing anything about it".
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    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 50
    After the divorce from Warner, Taylor was engaged to Mexican lawyer Victor Luna in 1983–1984, and was escorted by publisher Malcolm Forbes.
  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 48
    Taylor and Warner separated in December 1981, and divorced a year later in November 1982.
    She appeared as evil socialite Helena Cassadine in the daytime soap opera General Hospital in November 1981.
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  • 1976
    Age 43
    They were married on December 4, 1976, after which Taylor concentrated on working for his electoral campaign.
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    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).
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  • 1974
    Age 41
    They divorced for the first time in June 1974, but reconciled and re-married in Kasane, Botswana on October 10, 1975. The second marriage lasted less than a year, ending in divorce in July 1976.
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    Her only film released in 1974, the Italian Muriel Spark adaptation The Driver's Seat (1974) was another failure.
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  • 1973
    Age 40
    Her other films released in 1973 were the British thriller Night Watch (1973), and the American drama Ash Wednesday (1973).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 39
    The three films in which Taylor acted in 1972 were somewhat more successful.
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  • 1968
    Age 35
    In 1968, Taylor starred in two films directed by Joseph Losey, Boom! and Secret Ceremony, both of which were critical and commercial failures.
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  • 1967
    Age 34
    Taylor's third film released in 1967, John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye, was her first without Burton since Cleopatra.
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  • 1966
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 31
    Taylor was granted divorce from Fisher on March 6, 1964 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and married Burton nine days later in a private ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal.
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    Despite public disapproval, she and Burton continued their relationship and were married the first time (his second marriage, her fifth) in 1964.
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  • 1963
    Age 30
    Cleopatra became the biggest box office success of 1963 in the United States, grossing $15.7 million.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 29
    While filming Cleopatra in Italy in 1962, Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Welsh actor Richard Burton, although both of them were married.
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  • 1960
    Age 27
    Filming first began in England in 1960, but had to be halted several times due to bad weather and Taylor's ill health.
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  • 1959
    Age 26
    Taylor and Fisher were married at the Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas on May 12, 1959; she later stated that she married him only due to her grief.
    By 1959, Taylor owed one more film for MGM, which it decided should be BUtterfield 8 (1960), a drama about a high-class prostitute.
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  • 1958
    Age 25
    She had completed only two weeks of filming in March 1958, when Todd was killed in a plane crash.
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  • 1957
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1956
    Age 23
    Taylor and Wilding separated in July 1956, and were divorced in January 1957.
  • 1955
    Age 22
    When she was away filming Giant in 1955, gossip magazine Confidential caused a scandal by claiming that he had entertained strippers at their home.
  • 1954
    Age 21
    Taylor's first two films made under her new contract were released ten days apart in spring 1954.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 19
    Taylor's second husband was British actor Michael Wilding, 20 years her senior, whom she married in a low-key ceremony at Caxton Hall in London on February 21, 1952.
    She signed a new seven-year contract with MGM in the summer of 1952, after several months of deliberation.
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  • 1951
    Age 18
    She was granted a divorce in January 1951, eight months after their wedding.
  • 1950
    Age 17
    Taylor was eighteen when she married Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., heir to the Hilton Hotels chain, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills on May 6, 1950.
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    Taylor's second film of 1950 was the comedy The Big Hangover (1950), co-starring Van Johnson.
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    Taylor had been only sixteen at the time of its filming, but its release was delayed until March 1950, as MGM disliked it and feared it could cause diplomatic problems.
    Taylor made the transition to adult roles in 1950, the year she turned eighteen.
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  • 1948
    Age 15
    She had first met him while filming The Conspirator in England in 1948, and their relationship began when she returned to film Ivanhoe in 1951.
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    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.
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  • 1947
    Age 14
    When Taylor turned fifteen in 1947, MGM began to cultivate a more mature public image for her by organizing photo shoots and interviews which portrayed her as a "normal" teenager attending parties and going on dates.
  • 1944
    Age 11
    National Velvet became a box office success upon its release on Christmas 1944.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Age 9
    Taylor received another opportunity in late 1942, when her father's acquaintance, MGM producer Samuel Marx, arranged her to audition for a minor role requiring an actress with an English accent in Lassie Come Home (1943).
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    Universal terminated her contract in March 1942.
  • 1941
    Age 8
    Both studios offered Taylor a contract; while she would have preferred MGM, her mother decided to accept Universal's offer. Taylor began her contract in April 1941, and was soon cast in a small role in There's One Born Every Minute (1942).
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    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.
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  • 1939
    Age 6
    Sara and the children left first in April 1939, and moved in with Taylor's maternal grandfather in Pasadena, California.
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    The Taylors decided to return to the United States in the spring of 1939 due to the political developments in Europe.
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  • 1933
    Age 0
    While it did not match the popularity of the previous 1933 film adaptation of Louisa M. Alcott's novel, it was a box office success.
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  • 1932
    Born
    Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 at Heathwood, her family's home on 8 Wildwood Road in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London.
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