Featured in this issue of The V&V Chronicles is the illustrious and enigmatic beauty, ELIZABETH TAYLOR.
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In This Issue We Have ——>
- Liz’s Early Life & Death
- Liz’s Discovery & Stardom
- Gallery of Photos
- Liz’s Top Movies (with youtube links)
- Quotes by Liz Taylor
- Liz’s Loves & Marriages
ELIZABETH’S EARLY LIFE & Death…
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor DBE was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England. Taylor passed on March 23, 2011 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Elizabeth was born an English subject.
Although, her parents, Sara Sothern (née Sara Viola Warmbrodt) and Francis Lenn Taylor, were American art dealers from St. Louis, Missouri.
Her parents had moved to London to set up an art gallery before Elizabeth was born.
Her mother Sara, had been a stage actress, but gave it up when she married.
Elizabeth lived in London until the age of seven, when the family moved to the US in 1939 when WWII was beginning.
Liz’s mother had family in the LA, CA area where they settled
Taylor was a British-American actress who began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s.
She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, U.S.
She held both UK and US citizenship.
Elizabeth Taylor was consider one of the most popular movie stars of the classic Hollywood cinema era.
Taylor became the highest paid movie star in the 1960s.
Taylor became a decorated Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire, in 2000.
LIZ’S DISCOVERY & STARDOM…
After Elizabeth’s family relocated to Los Angeles, a family friend noticed the strikingly beautiful seven year old Elizabeth and suggested she be taken in for a screen test.
Her test impressed executives at Universal Pictures enough to sign little Liz to a contract.
Taylor’s first foray onto the screen was in There’s One Born Every Minute (1942), released when she was ten.
Unfortunately, Universal dropped her contract after that one film, but Elizabeth was soon picked up by MGM.
Elizabeth Taylor went on to have an illustrious career and unique life.
She won numerous awards for her acting and humanitarian work. See the full list here…
ELIZABETH TAYLOR PHOTO GALLERY
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ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S Top Movies…
The Entrance scene in CLEOPATRA – an absolute classic…
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF (1966)
The FULL MOVIE! If you haven’t seen it… it’s well worth the time.
NATIONAL VELVET (1944)
A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
QUOTES BY ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Like many Hollywood stars, Elizabeth Taylor was known for the men in her life. Liz was married 8 times (twice to Richard Burton) and she started very young too.
Below, in order starting from the first are Elizabeth’s husbands…
Husband #1 Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr.
Conrad and Liz were married at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills on May 6, 1950.
MGM organized a large and expensive wedding for them, which became a major media event.
In the weeks after their wedding, Taylor realized that she’d made a mistake.
Not only did she and Hilton have little in common, but he was also abusive and a heavy drinker.
Taylor received a divorce in January of 1951, just eight months after their wedding.
Husband #2 – MICHEAL WILDING
Wilding was 20 years her senior.
She had first met him in 1948 while filming The Conspirator in England.
Their romantic relationship began when she returned to the USA to film Ivanhoe in 1951.
Taylor found their age gap appealing. As she said she wanted, “the calm and quiet and security of friendship” from their relationship.
Wilding, on the other hand, hoped that the marriage would boost his Hollywood career.
The marriage produced two sons; Michael Howard (born January 6, 1953) and Christopher Edward (born February 27, 1955).
As Taylor grew older and more confident in herself, she began to drift from Wilding.
His career was failing which caused marital tensions. Finally, Taylor and Wilding announced their separation on July 18, 1956.
Wilding and Taylor were officially divorced in January of 1957.
Husband #3 MIKE TODD
Taylor married her third husband, theater and film producer Mike Todd, in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, on February 2, 1957.
They had one daughter, Elizabeth “Liza” Frances (born August 6, 1957).
Todd, known for publicity stunts, encouraged the media to pay attention to their marriage.
For example, in June 1957, he threw a birthday party at Madison Square Garden, which was attended by 18,000 guests and broadcast on CBS.
Sadly, Mike Todd died in a plane crash on March 22, 1958. It left Taylor completely devastated.
Husband #4 – EDDIE FISHER
They soon began an affair.
As Fisher was still married to actress Debbie Reynolds, the affair created a public scandal. Taylor being branded a “home-wrecker.”
Taylor and Fisher were married at the Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas on May 12, 1959.
They finally divorced in 1964 after not seeing each other for more than 2 years.
Taylor had begun to have an affair with Richard Burton.
Husband #5 and #6 RICHARD BURTON
While filming Cleopatra in Italy in 1962, Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Welsh actor Richard Burton.
Burton was also married at the time.
Rumors about the affair began to circulate in the press, and were confirmed by a paparazzi shot of them on a yacht in Ischia.
The scandal caused Taylor and Burton to be condemned for “erotic vagrancy” by the Vatican, with calls into the US Congress to bar them from re-entering the country.
Burton subsequently adopted Liza Todd and Maria Burton (born August 1, 1961), a German orphan whose adoption process Taylor had begun while married to Fisher.
A New ERA of Celebrity…
The media dubbed the twosome “Liz and Dick” as the feeding frenzy and paparazzo style photography began to take root in this scandalous union.
Taylor and Burton’s relationship was often referred to as the “marriage of the century” by the media.
Many sociologist believe it was this relationship that gave way for the constant stream of gossip columns and shredding of celebrity lives we see today.
Taylor and Burton starred together in 11 films, and led a jet-set lifestyle.
They spent millions on furs, diamonds, paintings, designer clothes, travel, food, liquor, a yacht, and a jet. Burton and Taylor became a cottage industry unto themselves as an example of living to excess.
With reports of massive spending, numerous affairs on both side, and even an open marriage, the couple came to represent a new era of ‘gotcha’ celebrity coverage.
The second marriage lasted less than a year, ending in divorce in July 1976.
Taylor later stated of Burton, “After Richard, the men in my life were just there to hold the coat, to open the door. All the men after Richard were really just company.”
Husband #7 JOHN WARNER
Soon after her final divorce from Burton, Taylor met her and married her 7th husband, John Warner. Warner was a Republican politician from Virginia.
They were married on December 4, 1976.
At this point in Taylor’s life she concentrated on working for his electoral campaign.
Warner was elected to the Senate and Liz soon found her life as a politician’s wife in Washington, D.C., boring and lonely.
She became depressed, overweight, and increasingly addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol.
Taylor and Warner separated in December 1981, and divorced a year later in November 1982.
TWO Engagements & A Role With An Actor
Liz With Anthony Geary below
Liz with lawyer Victor Luna
Husband #8 Larry Fortensky
She loved Larry until the end…
She met her seventh/eighth – and last – husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky, at the Betty Ford Center in 1988.
This wedding, was again, subject to intense media attention. One photographer even parachuted onto the ranch.
Taylor and Fortensky divorced in October 1996. She attributed the split to her painful hip operations and his obsessive-compulsive disorder.
However, they remained in contact until the end.
She paid for a surgery he needed in 1999 and then at the end of 2010, she wrote him a letter that read: “Larry darling, you will always be a big part of my heart! I’ll love you for ever.”
Taylor’s last phone call with Fortensky was on February 7, 2011.
It was just one day before she checked into the hospital for what turned out to be her final stay.
Although they had been divorced for almost 15 years, Taylor left Fortensky $825,000 in her will.