Elizabeth Taylor Biography
From the child actress to the sensuous Hollywood movie star Elizabeth Taylor lived the life most could only dream of. Her reputation for collecting diamonds was only surpassed by her notoriety for collecting husbands as she dazzled down the aisle on eight occasions with seven different men.
When asked to comment on her life Elizabeth Taylor was quoted as saying:
"Nevertheless, I've had enough to fill four lifetimes. I feel damn lucky, I've had a ball". She also added quite nonchalantly:
"I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands".
She was a legend both on and off screen with directors casting her for some of the biggest roles of her era and gossip columnists listening intently for any clue of what she was up to in her private life. Without any formal acting training she proved a natural thespian as she used her feminine charms and intuition to great effect on the silver screen.
She once described her acting style with insightful brevity as she said:
"What I try to do is to give the maximum emotional effect with the minimum of visual movement", and she has two Academy Awards for best actress as recognition of her on screen ability "BUtterfield 8" (1960) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
Away from the glitz and glamour of diamonds and Hollywood she had a heart of gold who went out of her way to help friends and causes she held close to heart. She turned the tables on the press to use them to raise awareness of AIDS and in the process helped to raise millions of dollars for AIDS research through her foundation and other charitable organisations.
She was a stalwart friend to Michael Jackson and many others who the paparazzi hounded as she regularly broke her silence to support her friends when they were attacked in the press. Taylor was the last of the classical Hollywood generation that came through the studio system and the first to feel the brunt of the new era of paparazzi inspired celebrity.
Of all her marriages it was the one to Richard Burton that was her true love, the press billed it as the
"marriage of the century" and Elizabeth Taylor opined about what was lost by saying:
"After Richard, the men in my life were just there to hold the coat, to open the door. All the men after Richard were really just company", she knew it and was now opening her heart to the world.
She lived it all and still came through such was the spirit of one of Hollywoods' leading ladies, she was good for a quip or 2 also, so here is my compilation of 20 of the best Elizabeth Taylor quotes
Quotes About Elizabeth Taylor
Movie director Joseph L. Mankiewicz once marveled at her natural beauty:
"She was the most incredible vision of loveliness I have ever seen in my life. And she was sheer innocence"
Richard Burton expressed his love yearningly when he said of his then wife:
"Elizabeth is an eternal one night stand"
Whilst I'm unsure if Fourth-husband Eddie Fisher was counting the days or the dollars when he stated:
"a $50,000 diamond could keep Taylor happy for approximately four days"
Paul Newman paid her this glowing tribute:
"She has a sense of immediacy that is irresistible on the screen, and she is a functioning voluptuary"
Barbra Streisand spoke highly of her by saying:
"It wasn't just her beauty or her stardom. It was her humanitarianism.... She was funny. She was generous. She made her life count"