Elizabeth Taylor is one of the legendary figures in world cinema and can be considered as an icon or perhaps a part of the seven wonders of the cinematic world. Truly, she is one of the most known celebrities in the world and considered as the seventh greatest female legend in cinema. Known for her style and enchanting look (especially her eyes), the actress opened a new chapter in Hollywood.
She gave a memorable performance as ‘Cleopatra’ (1963 movie), and while this movie was shot, she fell in love with co-star Richard Burton and got married to him in 1964. She then teamed up with Richard Burton in eleven successful movies, which was perhaps the best time of her career in Hollywood. Taylor also always remained under media’s scrutiny, and hence, remained a well-known public figure until her death.
She married eight times in her life and was associated with seven Hollywood men. Above all, she belonged to a wealthy family and it is said that her mother was more interested in molding her career as an actress. Her debut film was 'There's One Born Every Minute' (1942). Her major breakthrough came in the year 1944 when 'National Velvet' released, which was a highly successful movie at the box office. Taylor bagged her role as a young 12-year old horse crazy girl, and this film really shaped her career in Hollywood. She became a teenage star with this movie, but in 1950, she bagged her first adult role as a heroine in the movie, ‘Father of the Bride’, which is being recognized as the greatest American comedy film.
In the year 1951, she acted in another critical and commercial success movie, 'A Place in the Sun', which placed her on the top position in Hollywood with actresses like Shelley Winters, and Joan Bennett, among others. She soon became a bankable star for MGM productions, but she disapproved the production control in her career. It was in the mid-1950’s that her career was seen in a high spirit and some highly acclaimed movies got released. In the year 1954, she starred in a leading role in 'The Last Time I Saw Paris', which is perhaps one of the most romantic movies of Taylor with Van Johnson. She repeated her same magic once again in another romantic movie, 'Giant', with Rock Huston too. Both were engrossing romantic drama films of Taylor with praises from the public and critics alike. In the late 50’s, she got nominated twice for an Academy Award for two highly successful movies, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', and 'Suddenly, Last Summer’.
In the year 1960, she won her first Academy Award for a leading role in the movie, ‘'Butterfield 8', which was also a highly successful movie. After this movie, she signed 'Cleopatra' (1963), for which she was paid $1 million to play the title role. In the mid-60's, her most popular films were with her husband, Richard Burton, and they broke many box office records after getting her highest critical acclaim ever. Richard and Elizabeth became a well-known Hollywood pair and some of their successful movies were ‘The Sandpiper’, 'The Taming of the Shrew', and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'. For the movie, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', the actress received her second Academy Award.
Thus, Elizabeth Taylor became one of the major stars of Hollywood, and even her name used to appear first in the title of every movie before any male or female stars. Every producer and director praised Elizabeth for her natural style and versatility. Her career took a back seat after the late 60’s, and although she continued acting till the mid-1970s, most of her films weren’t as successful. In the 1980s to 2001, she appeared in various television shows, and in the year 2001, she confirmed her retirement from acting.
Being born on February 27, 1932, the actress passed away on March 23, 2011, and left a void in the world of progressive cinema. Even today, no actress can match her talent, beauty, and style. She remains an ageless figure in the world of cinema.