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Elizabeth Taylor

Actress

Born - 27 February 1932, London, England, UK
Died - 23 March 2011

Raven-haired, violet-eyed, curvaceous and stunningly beautiful British-born actress, a top Hollywood star for 25 years, but with a turbulent private life and a history of debilitating illnesses. Under contract with MGM for the best years of her career, she was a child player who made her feature debut in One Born Every Minute (1942), then appeared in Lassie Come Home and Jane Eyre (1943) before shooting to stardom as the girl jockey in National Velvet (1944). For a time she was a mid-range star and a beauty adrift in mediocrity: Courage of Lassie (1946), Life with Father (1947), Little Women (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), Ivanhoe (1952), Beau Brummell (1954) and replacing Vivien Leigh in Elephant Walk (1954). Her best opportunity during this period came with A Place in the Sun (1951), but, from the mid 1950s, she quite suddenly became a top name: Giant (1956), Raintree County (1957), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Suddenly Last Summer (1959). Butterfield 8 (1960) won her a first Academy Award, but after the disastrous Cleopatra (1963), her appeal (and health) declined, despite a second Oscar for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), opposite her fifth husband, Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice. Her last film appearance came in The Flintstones (1994), although she did star in a TV movie, These Old Broads in 2001, opposite Debbie Reynolds, whose husband Eddie Fisher had left her to become Taylor's fourth spouse in 1959. She was also married to English star Michael Wilding, her second husband, from 1952 to 1957. Her third husband, impresario Mike Todd, was killed in an air crash. Made a Dame in 2000, she died from congestive heart failure.