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Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born February 27, 1932. She lost her battle with congestive heart disease on March 23, 2011.
Taylor was born to two American art dealers in London and dove into acting as a 12-year-old child star in 1944's National Velvet. The Hollywood icon eventually went on to star in over 50 films, winning two Oscars and garnered 5 Oscar nominations throughout her extraordinary career.
Here we will look at the Top Ten films of the legendary Elizabeth Taylor:
1) Butterfield 8:
Liz Taylor starred in this 1960 drama alongside Laurence Harvey. She was 28 years old when she starred in the film that was based on the 1935 novel written by John O’Hara. Taylor went on to win the 1960 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Gloria Wandrous. She played a woman that coyly resembled her own tabloid persona, as a woman with a string of affairs.
2) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:
Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, Taylor was nominated for an Oscar in 1959 for her work in this film as a cheeky, sexually frustrated Maggie the Cat. Although she didn’t go on to win, she delivered a noteworthy role alongside Paul Newman as Brick. Cat was a family relationship drama, set in “the bed-sitting room of a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta".
Taylor portrayed the young Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra VII, in this 1963 film. She starred alongside Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall and Martin Landau. The film was higly criticized, but went on to win four Academy Awards. It was also the highest-grossing film of 1963.
4) Suddenly Last Summer:
In another film based on a play by Tennessee Williams, Taylor played Catherine Holly, alongside Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. Taylor is institutionalized after seeing the death of her cousin, the only son of wealthy widow.
5) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?:
This 1967 film stars Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Richard Burton as George, whom Taylor went on to marry in real life two times. It was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and Taylor was praised for her performance, gaining an Oscar for Best Actress. She gained 30 pounds for the role.
6) National Velvet
Taylor made her debut in 1944's National Velvet when she was 12 years old as a courageous horse lover Velvet Brown, set in Sussex, England.
Taylor starred opposite Rock Hudson and James Dean in George Stevens' Giant in 1956. She plays a socialite, Leslie Lynnton, who married Jordan "Bick" Benedict (Hudson).
8) A Place in the Sun:
Taylor once again plays a "society girl," Angela Vickers, alongside love interest Montgomery Clift as George Eastman. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1951.
9) Raintree County:
Taylor plays Susanna Drake in this 1957 drama as a Southern woman who falls in love with a graduating poet/teacher as the Civil War and her past bring up issues in their relationship. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
10 ) The Taming of the Shrew:
Taylor stars as Katharina in this 1967 film, based on a play by William Shakespeare. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star as Shakespeare's Kate and Petruchio. Taylor is portrays an ill-tempered woman, whom Burton takes on the challenge of taming and marrying.