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LIZ TAYLOR

Marlon Brando  "Reflections In a Golden Eye"
1961 US One Sheet
21 Inches x 47 Inches
Original Vintage One Sheet Poster

Marlon Brando & Liz Taylor   "Reflections In a Golden Eye"
1967 Lobbycard
Original Vintage Lobbycard

Liz Taylor & Montgomery Clift
From the Movie "Suddenly Last Summer"60

11" x 14" Original Vintage Photo

Biography for
Elizabeth Taylor



Height:  5' 4"
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Mini biography
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London, England on February 27, 1932. Although she was born an English subject, her parents were American who were art dealers from St. Louis, Missouri. Her father had gone to London to set up a gallery. Her mother had been an actress on the stage, but gave up that vocation when she married. Elizabeth lived in London for the first seven years of her life before the family left when the dark clouds of war began brewing in 1939. The family sailed with out her father who stayed behind to wrap up loose ends of the art business. The family relocated to Los Angeles, California where Mrs. Taylor's own family had moved. Mr. Taylor followed not long afterward. A family friend noticed the beautiful little Elizabeth and suggested that she be taken for a screen test. She passed and was signed to a contract with Universal Studios. Her first foray onto the silver screen was in the film, called a short, THERE'S ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE released in 1942 when she was ten. Universal let the contract drop after the one film and Elizabeth was picked up by MGM. The first production she made with them was LASSIE COME HOME (1943). On the strength of that one film, MGM signed her to a full year. Her next two films were minuscule parts in 1944, THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER and JANE EYRE. The former was on a loan to Fox Studios. Then came the film that made Elizabeth a star, MGM's NATIONAL VELVET in 1944. She played Velvet Brown opposite Mickey Rooney. The film was a smash hit grossing over $4 million. Now she had a long term contract with MGM and was their top child star. With no films in 1945, she returned in 1946 in COURAGE OF LASSIE. Being young as she was, Elizabeth didn't have to work as hard as her adult counterparts. In 1947, when she was 15, Elizabeth starred in LIFE WITH FATHER co-starring with such cinema heavyweights as William Powell, Irene Dunne, and ZaSu Pitts. Her other film that year was CYNTHIA. Thoughout the balance of the 40's and into the early 50's, Elizabeth appeared in film after film with mostly good results. 1954 proved her busiest year to date with roles in RHAPSODY, BEAU BRUMMELL, THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS, and ELEPHANT WALK. She was 22 and, now, a beautiful young woman. In 1956, Elizabeth appeared in the hit GIANT with James Dean. Sadly, Dean never saw the release of the film as he died in a car accident in 1955. The next year saw Elizabeth star in RAINTREE COUNTY, an overblown film made, partially, in Kentucky. The film was said to be dry as dust. Despite the shortcomings of the film, Elizabeth was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Southern belle, Susanna Drake. Unfortunately for her, the honor went to Joanne Woodward for THE THREE FACES OF EVE on Oscar night. In 1958, Elizabeth starred as Maggie Pollitt, in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. The film received rave reviews from the critics and Elizabeth was nominated again for another Academy Award for best actress losing, this time, to Susan Hayward in I WANT TO LIVE. She was a hot commodity in the film world. In 1959, she again appeared in another mega-hit and again another nomination for SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER. And once again, she lost to Simone Signoret in ROOM AT THE TOP. Her Oscar drought ended in 1960 when Elizabeth landed the coveted honor at last. As Gloria Wandrous in BUTTERFIELD 8, Elizabeth performed flawlessly in the role of a call-girl who is involved with a married man and who later dies in an auto accident. Some of the critics blasted the movie but they couldn't ignore her performance. There were to be no films for Elizabeth for three years. She had left MGM after her contract ran out, but would do projects for them later down the road. In 1963, Elizabeth starred in the CLEOPATRA which was one of the most expensive productions to date as was her salary, said to be a whopping $1, 000, 000. This was also the film where she would meet her future and fifth husband, Richard Burton. (The previous four were, Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd (who died in a plane crash), and Eddie Fisher). Her next handful of films were lackluster at best, especially 1963's THE VIP'S which was torn apart by most critics. Elizabeth was to return to fine form with her role of Martha in 1966's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? The role as a loudmouth unkempt woman easily was her finest personal performance to date. For this she would win her second Oscar and one that was more than well-deserved. Her films afterward didn't approach the intensity of that one. Since then she has appeared in several films, both for the silver screen and television. She also has appeared on a number of TV programs. Her last was 1994's THE FLINTSTONES. In February 1997, Elizabeth entered the hospital for the removal of a brain tumor. The operation was successful. As for her private life, she divorced Burton in 1974, only to remarry him in 1975 and divorce, permanently, in 1976. She has had two husbands since, Senator John Warner and Larry Fortensky.

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Mini biography
Liz was a leading child star by the age of 12 after her performance in MGM's "National Velvet". It wasn't long before she was knocking critics dead as a serious adult actress with films like Giant (1956), 0050882 and BUtterfield 8 (1960). She reigned the box office from 1958-68 as the quintessential movie star taking the breath away from viewers with her glamorous looks and those velvet eyes. Her film career floundered in the 1970s with a string of unusual and unsuccessful films. Her personal life has been a tempest of love affairs, unsuccessful marriages and multiple medical problems. Upon the death of her friend, Rock Hudson in 1985, she began her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers. In the 1990s, she has also developed a successful series of scents. Her acting career has been relegated to the occasional tv-movie or TV guest appearance.

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IMDb mini-biography by
Ray Hamel
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Spouse
'Larry Fortensky' (6 October 1991 - 1996) (divorced)
'John Warner' (December, 1976 - 5 November 1982) (divorced)
Richard Burton (October 1975 - 1 August 1976) (remarried) (divorced)
Richard Burton (15 March 1964 - 26 June 1974) (divorced)
Eddie Fisher (12 May 1959 - 6 March 1964) (divorced)
Michael Todd (I) (2 February 1957 - 22 March 1958) (his death); 1 daughter
Michael Wilding (21 February 1952 - 30 January 1957) (divorced); 2 sons
'Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton Jr.' (6 May 1950 - 1 February 1951) (divorced)

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Trivia

Taylor was bridesmaid for 'Jane Powell' for her first marriage. Powell was bridesmaid Taylor at her first marriage.

(October 1997) Ranked #72 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

(26 February 1997) Discharged from hospital, but later rushed back in after a suffering a brain seizure. Said to be comfortable.

(20 February 1997) Underwent successful surgery to remove the benign brain tumor.

(February 1997) Revealed the she has a benign brain tumor. Surgery is scheduled for late February.

Taylor has four children and nine grandchildren.

Mother of Chris Wilding and Michael Wilding Jr.

Her daughter with 'Mike Todd' Liza, is a sculptor. who has two sons, Quinn and Rhys, with her husband artist Hap Tivey

Liz has appeared solo on the cover of PEOPLE magazine 14 times, second only to Princess Diana (as of 1996)

Liz and Richard Burton appeared together on stage in a 1983 revival of "Private Lives."

Elizabeth Taylor's episode of BIOGRAPHY was the highest-rated episode of that series on Arts & Entertainment (thru the end of 1995).

(1993) American Film Institute Life Achievement Award

Liz was a close friend of Montgomery Clift until his death in 1966. They met for the first time when Paramount decided that she had to accompany him to the premiere of Heiress, The (1949) because they were both to star in the upcoming Place in the Sun, A (1951). They liked each other right away. Clift used to call her "Bessie Mae". When he had the road accident a few years later that disfigured him, he came from a party at Liz's house. And it was her that found him first, got into the wreck and removed some teeth from his throat that threatened to choke him.

Elizabeth Taylor's perfumes have been Passion (1987), White Diamonds (1991), Diamonds and Rubies, Diamonds and Emeralds, Diamonds and Sapphares and Black Pearls (1995).

At one point during Elizabeth's life-threatening illness while filming Cleopatra, the actress was actually pronounced dead.

Was named a Dame by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on New Year's Eve, 1999

(1963) First actress to earn US$ 1,000,000 for a movie role (in Cleopatra (1963).)

(May 2000) Along with Julie Andrews made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.

(1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#16).

Mother-in-law of Brooke Palance.

Shares a birthday with her son Chris Wilding.

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Personal quotes

"I think I'm finally growing up - and about time." - Elizabeth Taylor at 53

"I had a hollow leg. I could drink everyone under the table and not get drunk. My capacity was terrifying."

"My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked."

(On Cleopatra) "Surely the most bizarre piece of entertainment ever to be perpetrated."

"What do you expect me to do? Sleep alone?"

"I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife."

When asked if she would get married again:

"What? Are you kidding??"

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Salary
Only Game in Town, The (1970) $1,250,000
Cleopatra (1963) $1,000,000
V.I.P.s, The (1963) $1,000,000
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) $500,000
Mirror Crack'd, The (1980) $250,000
Flintstones, The (1994) $2,500,000
"North and South" (1985) (mini) $100,000
Secret Ceremony (1968) $1,000,000
Sandpiper, The (1965) $1,000,000
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) $1,000,000
Comedians, The (1967) $500,000
Boom (1968) $1,250,000
"North and South" (1985) (mini) $200,000
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) $1,100,000
Poker Alice (1987) (TV) $500,000

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actress. (b. Feb. 27, 1932, London.) Without question one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the screen, and a much better actress than she has generally been given credit for. Her stormy personal life has overshadowed a substantial career, during the course of which she won two Oscars and was nominated for three more. Born to American parents living in London, Elizabeth took dancing lessons as a little tyke, and even performed before the Royal Family with her class. The Taylors returned to America just before the outbreak of World War 2, settling in Beverly Hills. A strikingly beautiful, graceful child, with raven hair and violet eyes, she broke into movies at the age of 10, teamed with Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in a Universal B, There's One Born Every Minute (1942).

At MGM, Taylor appeared with Roddy McDowall (who was to become a lifelong friend) in Lassie Come Home (1943), but made a greater impression opposite Mickey Rooney in National Velvet (1944), as a young girl determined to enter her horse in the Grand National Steeplechase race. Her earnest, irresistible performance paved the way to stardom. Loaned to Fox for Jane Eyre (1944), she came back to Metro for The White Cliffs of Dover (1944), Courage of Lassie (1946), Cynthia, Life With Father (both 1947), A Date With Judy, Julia Misbehaves (both 1948), and Little Women (1949) before winning her first "adult" role, as Robert Taylor's wife in Conspirator (also 1949), which she followed with The Big Hangover (1950). She had miraculously bypassed the "awkward" adolescent phase, going from pretty girl to beautiful woman without the usual coltish stage.

She was adorable as the excitable daughter of Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett in Father of the Bride (1950) and Father's Little Dividend (1951). Also in 1951, on loan to Paramount, she played the society girl who inflames workingclass Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun George Stevens' remake of An American Tragedy It marked the first time that Taylor was taken seriously by the criticsand, she has said, the first time she ever thought of herself as an actress. Back at Metro, she was positively radiant in period garb for Ivanhoe (1952), positively wasted in the musical Love Is Better Than Ever (also 1952), and positively bewitching in The Girl Who Had Everything (1953), Beau Brummel, The Last Time I Saw Paris and Rhapsody (all 1954). (She was decorative in Paramount's Elephant Walk that same year, replacing an ailing Vivien Leigh.)

George Stevens again gave Taylor a memorable screen assignment as the indomitable wife of oil tycoon Rock Hudson in Giant (1956), an epic story for which she received favorable reviews. By now a real stunner, whose voluptuous curves perfectly complemented her flawless features, Taylor had developed her instinct for bonding with the camera lens, an intangible ability reserved for only a special few performers. As if by magic, she delivered three consecutive Oscarnominated performances, in Raintree County (1957, as unstable Southern belle Susanna Drake), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958, as the fiery Maggie the Cat), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959, as the haunted Catherine), the last two films based on Tennessee Williams plays, and more demanding than anything she'd done before.

Taylor's offscreen life, which up to this point had included marriages to hotel heir Nicky Hilton, actor Michael Wilding, producer Mike Todd (reportedly her happiest union, curtailed by his untimely death), and singer Eddie Fisher, made nearly as many show-biz columns as her screen work. Persistent health problems (and an emergency tracheotomy) sapped her energy and nearly led to her death. Amid all that turmoil, she won her first Academy Award for the disaffected call girl she played in Butterfield 8 (1960). Absent from the screen for several years, she resurfaced in Cleopatra (1963), one of the most publicized movies ever, and at that time the most expensive movie ever made. Its lengthy production schedule had taken its toll on both the Taylor-Fisher marriage (an on-set romance with leading man Richard Burton didn't help) and on Taylor herself, whose performance was uneven at best.

Taylor was divorced in 1964 and immediately wed Burton. As the most famous married couple in the world, they commanded unprecedented salaries to costar on-screen, though only a few of their films were really good. The V.I.P.s (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedians, Dr. Faustus (all 1967), Boom! (1968), Under Milk Wood (1973), Hammersmith Is Out (1972), and the TV movie Divorce His-Divorce Hers (1973) all take a backseat to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), for which Taylor won her second Oscar as Burton's blowsy, foul-mouthed wife. It was a brave and electrifying performance for a "glamor queen" to give-and it remains one of her very best. (She and Burton divorced in 1974.)

She also starred in Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), Secret Ceremony (1968), The Only Game in Town (1970), X Y and Zee (1972), Ash Wednesday, The Driver's Seat (1973), and Night Watch (1974). The Taylor of this period was bloated and weary looking, and frequently delivered lethargic performances. Gueststar appearances in That's Entertainment! (1974), The Blue Bird the prestige TV movie Victory at Entebbe (both 1976), Winter Kills (1979), and a major role in A Little Night Music (1978) singing "Send in the Clowns," were duly noted without much enthusiasm, but her performance as an aging movie star in Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd (1980) at least gave her something fun to do.

She has also starred in several madefor-TV movies, including Return Engagement (1978), Between Friends (1983, perhaps her best, well matched with costar Carol Burnett), Malice in Won- derland (1985, as famed gossip colum- nist Louella Parsons), There Must Be a Pony (1986), Poker Alice (1987), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1989). At decade's end she costarred with C. Thomas Howell in Franco Zeffirelli's unreleased Young Toscanini In her later movies, Taylor's work has ranged from vital to vapid; clearly, a good script and a good director are necessary to coax from Taylor the kind of performance she's capable of giving.

Over the years Taylor's personal life has continued to make fodder for the press. She briefly remarried Burton in 1976, then wed Virginia Senator John Warner, then Larry Fortensky, a man some 20 years her junior, whom she met while in a rehab center getting treatment for substance abuse. She is an indefatigable crusader for continued and expansive AIDS research and care funding, and says her acting career is behind her. (Nevertheless, she was coaxed into appearing in 1994's The Flintstones-of all things-as Pearl Slaghoople, Fred's mother-in-law, and gave a deliciously funny performance.) Her efforts on behalf of AIDS sufferers was rewarded with the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1993 Academy Awards ceremony. That same year she received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. An "in- formal memoir," "Elizabeth Taylor by Elizabeth Taylor," was published in 1965.
 

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