Courtesy of Vanity Fair

273: Elizabeth Taylor

Five Time Academy Award Nominated Actress

Born: 27 February 1932, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

Died: 23 March 2011, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Elizabeth is remembered for film roles in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the epic Cleopatra.

Her first film role was at the age of ten, but she became a break out star at the age of twelve after appearing in National Velvet.

Elizabeth dated Howard Hughes and ended up married eight times (never to Hughes but twice to fellow actor Richard Burton).

Elizabeth was embroiled in a scandal with Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in the nineteen-fifties—Debbie and Elizabeth had been friends until Elizabeth stole Eddie before dumping him five years later for Richard Burton.

Besides her volume of acting work Elizabeth was also an advocate for helping find a cure and end to AIDS—her foundation continues to work on in her honor.

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Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar

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In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo

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Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? by Tod Benoit