One of the brightest female stars of the film in its history. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London (England). His parents were upper middle class Americans dedicated to the art trade, a business that they occupied in the capital.
When World War II broke out, the Taylor family decided to return to the United States to settle in Los Angeles.
After introducing some casting, Liz got a contract with Universal at the age of ten, debuting in “There’s one born every minute” (1942), a comedy directed by Harold Young.
After this film, Universal ignored the girl, shortly after being hired by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. In this study, Elizabeth became one of the most outstanding girls prodigy of the time.
With “Lassie” (1943), film starring Lassie the dog that was run by Fred. M. Wilcox, Liz Fortune debuted in the glamorous studio.
At this early stage as an actress Taylor also spoke in titles like “Soul Rebel” (1944) by Robert Stevenson, or “The White Cliffs of Dover” (1944), a film directed by Clarence Brown.
The final leap to stardom for Elizabeth came with “National Velvet” (1944), a film directed by Clarence Brown said the actress co-starred with Mickey Rooney.
The 40 ended with another Lassie movie directed again by Wilcox, “The Courage of Lassie” (1946), the famous version of “Little Women” (1949) by Mervyn Leroy, and “Life with Father” (1947), Michael Curtiz comedy with William Powell as the main male protagonist.
Already become quite a woman, the beautiful violet-eyed interpreter would be in the following decades the most important actress of Hollywood, not only for their professional achievements but for their sentimental publicized adventures, which began in 1950 when she married the millionaire Nicky Hilton Jr.
The cinema, the 50 confirmed to Elizabeth Taylor as a great performer thanks to films like “Father of the Bride” (1950), “Father’s” (1951), “A Place in the Sun” (1951) “Ivanhoe” (1952), “Beau Brummell” (1954), “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (1954), “Giant” (1956), “The tree of life” (1957), Cat on Tin Roof “(1958) or” Suddenly, Last Summer “(1959), a film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
In this period, the actress met two of his best friends, Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift (who called her “Bessie Mae”), actors (both gay) with Liz always maintained a close friendship.
His work in “The Tree of Life,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Suddenly, Last Summer” were rewarded by his peers each with Oscar nominations.
Their married life had many changes during the 50′s. The link to Hilton lasted less than a year after divorcing in 1951 and married Liz over the decade with the actor Michael Wilding (“Torn”), who lived between 1952 and 1957, with producer Mike Todd (” Around the World in 80 Days “), with whom he was married from 1957 to 1958, which left a widow, and singer and occasional actor Eddie Fisher, former husband of Debbie Reynolds with whom he was matched between 1959 and 1964.
After being nominated several times, Elizabeth Taylor was finally able to achieve the golden statuette for his role in “A Marked Woman” (1960).
After this film and the prize of the Academy Awards, the brunette actress embarked on a mega project of “Cleopatra” (1963), an adaptation of the life of the famous and seductive Egyptian queen.
The shooting was dire and lasted an eternity, causing the cost figures shot up to dizzy at that time, with Liz Taylor’s salary of one million dollars.
“Cleopatra” directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, finally opened in 1963 unable to recover the money invested. During the filming of this movie Elizabeth shared the limelight with a British actor who portrayed Mark Antony, Richard Burton, the actress who starred in one of the most famous romances in history of cinema.
They married in 1964, divorced ten years later, in 1974 and remarried in 1975 to end definitively split in 1976. All of a soap opera.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton appeared together in a handful of titles. In addition to “Cleopatra”, the two staged “International Hotel” (1963), “The Sandpiper” (1965), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), a film for which Liz won her second Oscar, “The Taming of the Shrew” (1967), “The Comedians” (1967), “Doctor Faustus” (1968), “The woman cursed” (1968), “Covenant with the Devil “(1972),” Under Milk Wood “(1973), and television and with an appropriate title for your personal situation,” Divorce His, Divorce Hers “(1973).
The following decades were less prolific and satisfactory professional level for Liz, who worked mainly for television products and devoted much of his free time to promote the fight against diseases such as cancer (had surgery for a brain tumor) and AIDS, especially after the death of his friend Rock Hudson.
Some of the titles rolled in his last professional stage was “Ash Wednesday” (1973) by Larry Peerce, “The Blue Bird” (1976) by George Cukor, “The Broken Mirror” (1980) by Guy Hamilton, or ” The Flinstones. The Flintstones “(1994), adapted from the cartoon series was produced by Steven Spielberg.
Elizabeth Burton after his divorce, he remarried twice more. In 1976 he married the politician John Warner, who broke up in 1982. Her last husband was the builder Larry Fortensky, who was married between 1991 and 1996.
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