Elizabeth Taylor defined modern celebrity and is considered the last classic Hollywood icon. As such, she continues to captivate and inspire the worlds of fashion, film, and philanthropy today.
A feminist and a trailblazer, Elizabeth Taylor was the first woman to be paid $1 million to appear in a film (“Cleopatra”), was the first celebrity to launch a fragrance brand, and was awarded three Oscars throughout her career. She went on to use her celebrity to stand up and advocate for those affected by the AIDS epidemic, to co-found amFAR and to found The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Elizabeth Taylor reminds us that our lives are shaped by our passion and our courage to channel every ounce of ourselves into all that we do.
From the mid-1980’s until her death, she dedicated her life to HIV and AIDS activism, receiving many awards for her important work including the Légion d’honneur from France, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 65th Academy Awards. In 2000, Taylor was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times to seven men, had four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, endured serious illnesses, and owned one of the most prestigious private jewelry collections in the world. In 2011, Taylor died in Los Angeles at the age of 79.
Signs her first movie contract with Universal Pictures in 1941 and made her screen debut, at age 9, the following year in There’s One Born Every Minute.
Signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on October 15th, 1942.
LASSIE COME HOME
Appears in Lassie Come Home, her first film with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. On that film she meets Roddy McDowall, with whom she developed a life-long friendship.
Becomes a child star after she plays Velvet Brown in MGM’s National Velvet, opposite Mickey Rooney.
NIBBLES AND ME
Publishes a memoir, at the age of 14, about her adventures with her pet chipmunk Nibbles, entitled Nibbles and Me. The book also includes Taylor’s own illustrations.
LIFE WITH FATHER
Life with Father is released on September 28, 1947.
Meets Montgomery Clift when the studio forces her to accompany him to the premiere of The Heiress. The two become lifelong friends.
Marries her second husband, actor, Michael Wilding.