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Elizabeth Taylor

Producer, Performer
( b. Feb 27, 1932 London, ENGLAND - d. Mar 23, 2011 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Also known as: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor [Birthname]
Relations: Daughter of Sara Sothern
Step-mother of Kate Burton (1964 - 1974 and 1975 - 1976)
Wife of Larry Fortensky (1991 - 1996) divorced
Wife of John Warner (December 4, 1976 - November 7, 1982) divorced
Wife of Conrad Hilton, Jr. (May 6, 1950 - February 1, 1951) divorced
Wife of Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 - March 22, 1958) his death
Wife of Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 - June 26, 1974) divorced; (remarried October 10, 1975 - August 1, 1976) divorced
Wife of Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 - March 6, 1964) divorced
Wife of Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 - January 30, 1957) divorced
See Also: Elizabeth Theatre Group (Elizabeth Taylor and Zev Bufman; Producers)

Taylor was a movie star who for a half-century was as famous for her personal attractiveness and sensational personal life as she was for her many films. A London-born beauty who never lost her clipped, clean way of speaking, Ms. Taylor possessed vivid features known to three generations of filmgoers: Raven hair, dark eyebrows, ivory skin, a near-perfect figure and, most remarkably, violet eyes that were among the most commented-on physical attributes in Hollywood history.

Elizabeth Rosemund Taylor became a movie star when she was 12. Having spent her first seven years in England, she moved with her American parents to Los Angeles in 1939. Soon after, she was noticed by the film studios and signed by first Universal and then MGM. After a few minor appearances in movies like "Lassie Come Home" and "Jane Eyre," she burst forth as the young heroine of the 1944 English horse-racing drama "National Velvet." Thereafter, she became M-G-M's top child star, winning another huge hit with the comedy "Father of the Bride" and its sequel "Father's Little Dividend." Under George Stevens' direction in 1951's "A Place in the Sun," she delivered what many consider her best performance, as a rich girl in love with the poor, conflicted Montgomery Clift. Other notable films include Giant, Raintree Country and the popular Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Much later, in the 1980s, she ventured into stage work. The announcement that she would make her Broadway debut in a 1981 revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes set off a wildfire of media attention and box-office sales. Ms. Taylor returned to Broadway in 1983 with a revival of Noel Coward's comedy of divorced spouses in love, Private Lives, in which she starred as Amanda opposite her real-life ex-husband Richard Burton. She continued to dabble in theatre until the end.

On Dec. 1, 2007, she and James Earl Jones gave a benefit performance of the A. R. Gurney play Love Letters. Gurney recalled the event: "James Earl Jones has done it many times. He's a first-rate actor and very at home in the part. With her, she was very nervous about it. She couldn't even finish rehearsing the ending, she'd get so nervous and tired and say, 'I can't do this.' But she came out and did it, and as the play continued, she grew into the part in a most amazing way. At the end the audience rose to its feet, and she, who had been in a wheelchair all evening, got up on her feet and applauded the audience. I've never seen that play work so well therapeutically before."

Source: Playbill.com

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Corn Is Green
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Produced by Elizabeth Theatre Group (Elizabeth Taylor and Zev Bufman; Producers)
Aug 22, 1983 - Sep 18, 1983
Private Lives
[Play, Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Elizabeth Taylor [Amanda Prynne]
  • Produced by Elizabeth Theatre Group (Elizabeth Taylor and Zev Bufman; Producers)
May 08, 1983 - Jul 17, 1983
The Little Foxes
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Elizabeth Taylor [Regina Giddens]
May 07, 1981 - Sep 05, 1981
1981 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Play
The Little Foxes [nominee]
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor
1981 Theatre World Special Award
winner Elizabeth Taylor [recipient]
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play
The Little Foxes [nominee]
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor
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