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Elizabeth Taylor                                                                                S U B U R B

    MARIE-CHRISTINE O’CALLAGHAN  the same year and had a daughter.
                               Tragically, only a year later in
        lizabeth Rosmond Taylor  1958, Todd died in a plane crash
        was born in London in 1932.  leaving Taylor devastated. She
    E She lived with her American  then married Eddie Fisher in 1959
    parents at 8 Wildwood Road in the  though she later said that she
    Suburb. Her mother, Sara, was a  only married him because of her
    former stage actress and her father,  grief over Mike Todd. Taylor and
    Francis, an art dealer. Shortly after  Fisher divorced in 1964 and she
                                                          That Elizabeth Taylor diamond
    her birth, Elizabeth was diagnosed  married Richard Burton the same
    with ‘distichiasis’ a rare medical  year. They adopted a daughter,
    disorder, also known as ‘double  Maria Burton. This marriage was
    lashes’. Fortunately, she was lucky  tumultuous and they famously                                           FEATURES
    enough to suffer none of the  divorced and married each other
    serious consequences that can be  twice, the second of their
    associated with the condition.  marriages lasting just 9 months.
       In 1939, the family moved to  Taylor’s last two husbands were
    Hollywood and, at the age of ten,  John Warner (married in1976) and
    Elizabeth made her film debut in  finally, Larry Fortensky who she
    There’s One Born Every Minute. On  married in 1991, divorcing him
    the first day of filming someone  five years later in 1996.
    said: “get that girl off the set – she  Elizabeth was raised as a
    has too much mascara”. Her eyes  Christian Scientist, but converted
    became her greatest asset  to Judaism in 1959. Although two
    because as well as amazing  of her husbands – Mike Todd and
    lashes, they were a vibrant dark  Eddie Fisher – were Jewish, Taylor
    blue that appeared to be purple  said she did not convert because
    when exposed to certain lighting.  of them, but had wanted to do so  Elizabeth Taylor star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
       Elizabeth’s breakout role  for a long time as she felt “there
    came in 1944 when, aged twelve,  was comfort and dignity and hope
    she starred in National Velvet. She  for me in this ancient religion that
    would go on to become a    [has] survived for four thousand
    Hollywood film star and was the  years... I feel as if I have been a
    first actress to earn $1 million  Jew all my life.”
    when she starred in Cleopatra.  Taylor’s jewellery collection
       Taylor won two Academy  was vast, it included ‘La Peregrina’,
    Awards, the first for Butterfield 8  a pearl whose history spans
    (1960) even though she apparently  almost 500 years, which Burton
    hated the film and on hearing the  gave her on Valentine’s Day 1969.
    Oscar results declared “I still say it  Burton also gifted her a 33.19
    stinks”; the second Oscar was for  carat diamond ring which came to
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  be known as ‘The Elizabeth Taylor
       Taylor married a total of eight  Diamond’. After her death, her
    times. In 1950, aged seventeen,  jewellery collection was auctioned
    she married Conrad Hilton Jr.  at Christie’s and sold for a record
    Metro- Goldwyn- Mayer paid the  $115.9 million. The proceeds were
    bill for their lavish 600 guest  given to The Elizabeth Taylor
    wedding. They divorced in 1951.  Foundation to benefit AIDS research.
    In 1952 she married Michael  Taylor was honoured with
    Wilding and had two sons with  several awards for her philanthropic
    him. The couple divorced in 1957  work. She was made a Knight of
    and Taylor married Mike Todd in  the French Legion d’Honneur in
                               1987, received the Jean Hersholt
                               Humanitarian Award in 1993, the
                               Screen Actors’ Guild Lifetime
                               Achievement Award for
                               Humanitarian service in 1997 and
                               the GLAAD Vanguard Award in
                               2000. In the same year she
                               became a Dame Commander of
                               the Order of the British Empire.
                               In 2001 she was awarded the
                               Presidential Citizen Medal.
                                 Elizabeth Taylor died on the
                               23rd of March 2011. Ever true to
                               her lifelong reputation she
                               arranged to be fifteen minutes
                                                          Glamour, 60s style
                               late for her own funeral.

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