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Elizabeth Taylor, born in 1932, was a British-American actress. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s.

She became the highest-paid movie star in the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema.

Born in London to socially dominant American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939. He made his acting debut with a small role in the Universal Pictures film There One Born Every Minute (1942), but the studio terminated his contract. one year.

She was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and became a popular teen star after appearing in National Velvet (1944).

He transitioned to mature roles in the 1950s when he starred in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950) and received critical acclaim for his performance in the play A Place in the Sun (1951).

 

Despite being one of MGM's most bankable stars, Taylor wanted to end her career in the early 1950s. She opposed control of the studio and disliked many of the films to which she was assigned.

He began to receive more entertaining roles in the mid-1950s with the epic drama Giant (1956), and went on to star in several critically and commercially successful films in his later years.

These included two film adaptations of Tennessee Williams plays: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); Taylor won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the latter. Although she disliked her role as a call girl in Butterfield 8 (1960), her last film for MGM, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

During the making of the 1961 film Cleopatra, Taylor and co-star Richard Burton began an extramarital affair, leading to a scandal.

Despite public disapproval, they continued their relationship and married in 1964. Dubbed "Liz and Dick" by the media, they starred in 11 films together.

Taylor received the best reviews of her career for Woolf, winning her second Academy Award for her performance, and several other awards. She and Burton divorced in 1974, but soon reconciled, remarried in 1975. The second marriage ended in divorce in 1976.


Taylor's acting career began to decline in the late 1960s, although she continued to act in films until the mid-1970s, after which she married her sixth husband, United States Senator John Warner (R-Virginia). Focused on supporting career.

In the 1980s, he made his first significant stage roles and starred in several television films and series. She became the second celebrity after Sophia Loren to launch a perfume brand.

Taylor was one of the first celebrities to participate in HIV/AIDS activism. He co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985 and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

From the early 1990s until his death, he devoted his time to philanthropy, for which he received several awards, including the Presidential Citizen's Medal.

Throughout her career, Taylor's personal life was the subject of constant media attention. She married seven men eight times, converted to Judaism, endured several serious illnesses, and led a jet set lifestyle, which included collecting one of the most expensive personal jewelry pieces in the world.

After several years of poor health, Taylor died of heart failure in 2011 at the age of 79.


Taylor was one of the last stars of classical Hollywood cinema and one of the first modern figures. During the era of the studio system, he exemplified the classic movie star.

She was portrayed as different from "ordinary" people, and her public image was carefully crafted and controlled by MGM.

When the era of classical Hollywood ended in the 1960s, and paparazzi photography became a common feature of media culture, Taylor defined a new type of celebrity whose real private life was the focus of public interest.

According to Adam Bernstein of The Washington Post, "More than any film role, she became famous for being famous, setting a media template for later generations of entertainers, models, and quasi-persons of all kinds."


Despite the acting awards he won during his career, Taylor's film performances were often overlooked by contemporary critics; According to film historian Jeanine Basinger, "No actress has ever had a more difficult task accepting critics than anyone other than Elizabeth Taylor ... her personality ate her alive."

His film roles often reflect his personal life, and many critics consider him to always play himself rather than act.

Conversely, Mel Gaso of The New York Times noted that "[Taylor's] acting career was surprisingly wide", despite the fact that she never received any professional training.

Film critic Peter Bradshaw called her "an actress of such sensuality, it was a provocation for Riot—sultry and queen at the same time", and "a shrewd, intelligent, effortless acting presence in her later years."

David Thomson said that "she had the range, nerve and instinct that only Bette Davis had before—and like Davis, Taylor was the monster and the empress, the beloved and the scolding, the stupid and intelligent woman."

Five films in which she acted – Lassi Come Home, National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, Giant, and Who Is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — has been preserved in the National Film Registry, and the American Film Institute named her the seventh greatest female screen legend of classical Hollywood cinema.

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