Elizabeth Taylor would have turned 85 this year

By: Ross Reilly  |   | 

A prestigious personality of the classical and early modern Hollywood cinema, Elizabeth Taylor was a famous entertainer from of the 50s and 60s. Born to a high-profile American couple in London, England on 27 February 1932, Elizabeth established herself as a screen legend after shifting to Los Angeles in 1939. 

Elizabeth began her career as a child actress in the early 40s and became one of the most popular teen stars in the country with making a breakthrough from 1944 released movie National Velvet.

She managed to make a neat transition from child actress to babe in the early 50s, following which she was pushed to stardom as she started appearing in one after another hit movies such as Father of the Bride, A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, etc. 

Three times Academy Award and three times Golden Globe-winning actress Elizabeth was the first to receive a record-breaking payment of $1 million for her role in Cleopatra, which was the most expensive movie produced up to that time.

Outside the industry, she had set the record for being the first actress to launch a fragrance brand and for having the most expensive private collection of jewelry. 

In addition, she was subjected to constant attention from media for her dynamic married life. From 1950 to 1996, she was married eight times, including her double marriage with actor Rich Burton.

Elizabeth had battled with health problems for most of her life. Born with scoliosis, Elizabeth suffered a broken back in 1994 while filming National Velvet. Then in 1961, she almost lost her life to pneumonia. Addicted to alcohol and cigarettes, she once again suffered a severe bout of pneumonia in 1990, following which her health degraded even more. 

In 2004, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure which became the prime reason of her death. Her soul departed on 23 March 2011 after being admitted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for six weeks. She was cremated at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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