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Dame Elizabeth Taylor's Biography

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Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on 27 February 1932 in London.

As well as appearing in a lot of films, Liz Taylor has also had a lot of marriages.

  • 1950, Conrad Hilton Jr.
  • 1952, Michael Wilding
  • 1957, Mike Todd
  • 1959, Eddie Fisher
  • 1964, Richard Burton
  • 1975, Richard Burton (remarried)
  • 1976, Senator John Warner
  • 1991, Larry Fortensky

In 1939, Liz Taylor moved with her family to L.A. and made her screen debut at the age of 10 in There's One Born Every Minute (1942).

She continued to make several films as a child including the very successful, National Velvet (1944).

Liz Taylor dated Howard Hughes when she was 17 (just before she started on her run of marriages).

In the 1950s Elizabeth Taylor received Academy Award nominations for films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly Last Summer.

In the 1960s Elizabeth Taylor made several films with Richard Burton whom she married twice, including the eery Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) for which she won another Academy Award (having already been awarded one for best actress in the 1960 film, Butterfield 8).

Liz Taylor has initiated many charity funds, including the American Foundation for AIDS research in 1985, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

She was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 1987 and became Dame Elizabeth Taylor when she was awarded a DBE in 2000.

Liz Taylor officially retired from acting in 2003, having starred in more than 70 films. Her last acting appearance was in the 2001 television movie These Old Broads.

Elizabeth Taylor came 77th in Channel 4's Top 100 movie stars.

In January 2007, Dame Elizabeth Taylor donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign to be the next US president, saying:

"I like the way she thinks. She is very savvy and a smart leader with years of experience in government, diplomacy and politics."

In December 2007, Dame Elizabeth Taylor made her first L.A. stage performance in 25 years.

Elizabeth Taylor had persuaded striking writers to put down their picket signs (which she did not want to cross) so she could appear in A R Gurney's play Love Letters with James Earl Jones to raise money on World Aids Day.

In October 2009, Dame Elizabeth Taylor revealed on Twitter that she was to undergo heart surgery. She later tweeted that the surgery went well.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor died on 23 March 2011.

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