Elizabeth Taylor remains one of the world’s most iconic women. Renowned for her independent spirit, enduring strength, and unwavering compassion, she has captured the hearts of millions.
With striking beauty and undeniable talent, Elizabeth Taylor captivated audiences. First, as a precocious child actor and, then, as an unforgettable leading lady, Taylor played legendary female characters who embodied strength, demonstrated integrity, and embraced their femininity. Throughout her career, which spanned six decades, Taylor was nominated for five acting Oscars and won two. Offscreen, her glamorous lifestyle, epitomized by her unparalleled jewelry collection, made her an international star and the first modern celebrity.
Along with her singular talent, Elizabeth Taylor was a savvy businesswoman. From a young age, she strained against the Hollywood studio system, eventually declaring independence from it. Taylor’s instinctive sense of her own worth led her to negotiate the first $1 million dollar contract for an actress for her role in “Cleopatra.” She was also the first celebrity to launch a fragrance brand and became the first female social entrepreneur.
From the mid-1980s until her death, Elizabeth Taylor channeled her power as a celebrity into power as an activist. In a society paralyzed by fear, she used her fame to shine a light on the injustice and ignorance surrounding the AIDS epidemic. As the co-founder of amfAR and founder of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, she received many awards for her advocacy, 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.
Throughout her life, Elizabeth Taylor possessed an abiding will to survive in the face of personal tragedy and an extraordinary capacity for love. She was married eight times to seven men, and her greatest joy in life was her family of four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In 2011, Taylor died in Los Angeles at the age of 79.
Elizabeth Taylor inspires us all to embrace our passions and to channel every ounce of ourselves into everything we do.
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.
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.
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.