Electrifying Elizabeth Taylor
Already possessed of that haunting beauty that was to shape her destiny, she had a movie contract aged only nine, and at ten was starring in the MGM film Lassie come home,
Electrifying Elizabeth Taylor
March 23rd 2011 was yet another sad day for lovers of those female movie icons of the 20th century. Remember that the special little girl who stole the hearts of millions in her first starring film role? She was to become regarded as the quintessential English rose, having been born in London, to American parents, giving her the distinction of dual nationality.
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, born to an American art dealer and his wife, February 27, 1932, spent only seven years in England. As WWII threatened to break out, in 1939 the family returned to America, going to live in Los Angeles. Elizabeth was a stunning little girl, and a family friend’s suggestion, that her parents offer her up for a screen test, resulted in Universal studios signing her up.
Already possessed of that haunting beauty that was to shape her destiny, she had a movie contract aged only nine, and at ten was starring in the MGM film Lassie come home, rapidly achieving a huge fan base as a child star, and never once looking back from then on. Even the doll-faced child actress was a commanding screen presence, and undoubtedly a consummate actress in the making.
This strikingly beautiful young woman, as she became, was soon to be regarded as one of the movie industry’s most striking beauties, and one most famous movie stars on earth. After her appearance, in 1951, in the movie A Place in the Sun, all men started panting lustfully, each time they saw her. A natural magnet for publicity, during the entire course of her life, Taylor was to be photographed more than almost any other woman in history.
Even holding the almost certainly never-to-be-repeated record of ELEVEN appearances as cover picture of Life Magazine, this startlingly alluring lady was one of the greats not for those incredible looks, but her enormous acting talent. Who could possibly forget the accolades she merited, receiving no fewer than five Best Actresses nominations and actually being awarded two Oscar statuettes, during her 60 years of film making.
Without doubt numbered among the greatest ever film stars, Elizabeth Taylor is best known for her 1963 role as Cleopatra, eight marriages, to seven different men, over a 45 year period. Though Cleopatra was her best remembered role, the Oscars were awarded for two other films, best actress both in Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, in 1966?
Elizabeth Taylor became the first actress, in movie history, to be paid $1million for appearing as Cleopatra though her role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was regarded by many as her finest ever acting performance. Of all her marriages, the longest and most tempestuous was to fellow movie star Richard Burton, with whom she stayed for ten years, between 1964 and 1976, actually divorcing him in 1974 and re-marrying him again in 1975!
She had three children, by different husbands, adopting a fourth child. Michael Wilding (was born in 1953, Christopher Todd 1955, Liza Todd 1957, and Maria Burton became her adopted daughter in 1961. Even after her career began to wane, Elizabeth Taylor remained a favored target of the media, though her final years were dogged by ill-health and hospital stays.
This great and undoubtedly iconic lady died, succumbing to congestive heart failure in her hospital bed on March 23rd 2011, and many red-blooded males on earth lost a treasure that had sustained their fantasies for many years. She was, without a doubt, one of the most sensual, sexual, strikingly beautiful women ever to grace our world, and she will be sorely missed, great and gracious star that she was. A tragic loss.