The talented and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor lived a life full of glamour, grace, fashion, and a passion for helping others. The entrepreneur and AIDS advocate won’t soon be forgotten as she remains a legend in both pop-culture and the entertainment industry. Today, we celebrate the Hollywood icon on what would be her 83rd birthday.
Happy Birthday to the Legendary Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor is the perfect example of being Hollywood royalty. Although she passed away on March 23, 2011, her legacy lives on. She was born in London as Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor on February 27, 1932. The raven-hair beauty was born with purple irises and a double set of long eyelashes, which helped her stand out in the entertainment world.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? were two of her popular films that were popular among fans and critics. However, she is best known for her role as the famous Egyptian queen in the 1963 movie Cleopatra. She was paid an unthinkable amount of $1 million, which was the first time any actress had ever received that much for playing a character. The film was also the most expensive production to ever take place at that time.
Her Time in the Spotlight
Taylor appeared in her first film at the young age of 10. She made her first big career break in the 1944 movie National Velvet. As she grew she began playing more mature roles. Her star continued to shine brighter and brighter. She grew critical acclaim for films such as A Place in The Sun and Giant.
Elizabeth Taylor received her first Academy Award nomination for her role as a mentally ill woman in the film Raintree County. She won her first Oscar for Butterfield 8.
Extraordinarily, the young starlet says she never took acting lessons. Elizabeth refined her skills by watching the other actors around her.
“I have never had an acting lesson in my life,” she told Rolling Stone magazine. “But I’ve learned, I hope, from watching people like Spencer Tracy, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Jimmy Dean — all people who were finely tuned and educated in the art of acting. They were my education.”
She had a fighting spirit when it came to dealing with directors and producers who she believed were trying to turn her into a single typecast and over-direct her.
She said she performed her “best work by being guided, not by being forced.”
“If you describe me as an actress, you’d have to say that I wasn’t a distinctive actress as actresses go because I’m certainly not a polished technician,” she adds.
Elizabeth Taylor’s Love of Being in Love
“I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too – for being married so many times.”– Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor was in love with being in love, and her many weddings and divorces represent her desperate desire to find that special spark with someone.
Taylor had a total of seven husbands. However, she had eight marriages due to once again marrying and then divorcing her fifth husband, Richard Burton, a second time.
The two, who worked together in the massive hit film, Cleopatra, fell deeply in love with each other, beginning a pubic affair. In fact, many fans believe Burton was actually Elizabeth’s true love.
Elizabeth has described Richard as one of her soulmates. She also lovingly names Mike Todd her other soulmate. Todd is the only partner that Taylor never divorced. However, he sadly passed away in a plane crash.
Two people can be in love, but not be right for each other. This was the case with Burton and Taylor, as she remained in love with the actor, and he felt the same towards his ex-wife. Elizabeth Taylor continued to wear the gigantic 33-carat diamond ring he proposed to her with.
The large, expensive, and glitzy ring is perfect for Elizabeth’s feisty attitude. She was a tough and high-spirited woman, and she loved shiny things. She was once quoted saying, “Big girls need big diamonds.”
Elizabeth Uses Her Platform to Help AIDS/HIV Patients
Sadly, alcoholism negatively impacted the star as she began taking jobs on TV shows and experiencing a slow decline in her career. She checked herself into a rehabilitation center.
However, Elizabeth Taylor found a new outlet that helped her express her love and care for others. She became a voice for those suffering from HIV and AIDS while the disease was at its peak. At the time, the diagnosis was a death sentence.
She watched as her close friend and costar Rock Hudson was hung out to dry by those in following his diagnosis. Elizabeth cared for and loudly supported him until his tragic death. Taylor used her platform to express concern and call out the need to help these individuals. She was one of the first big celebrities to recognize and advocate for those who suffered from AIDS or HIV.
Elizabeth Taylor is the co-founder of the American Foundation for AIDS Research. In 1991, she became the of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Taylor has been able to raise over $270 million for HIV and AIDS research and support for the patients.
Elizabeth Taylor didn’t only leave a legacy in Hollywood, she left care and advocation for a cause she believed in. All generations remember her lovingly. So we wish her that same love while celebrating her birthday.
The Star’s Entrepreneurship & Becoming Royalty
Taylor is the first actress to use her stardom to create a fragrance line that became very popular upon “Passion” and “White Diamonds” release in the late 80s. The massive profits added to her already millionaire status.
In 2000, the Queen of England herself, Queen Elizabeth II, awarded Taylor with the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.