Nicknames: Liz, Kitten
She was bridesmaid for Jane Powell for her first marriage. Powell was bridesmaid for Taylor at her first marriage.
Has three children and nine grandchildren.
Liz was a close friend of Montgomery Clift until his death in 1966. They met for the first time when Paramount decided that she had to accompany him to the premiere of The Heiress (1949) because they were both to star in the upcoming A Place in the Sun (1951). They liked each other right away. Clift used to call her "Bessie Mae". When he had a car accident a few years later that disfigured him, he had just left a party at Liz's house. It was she who found him first, got into the wreck and removed some teeth from his throat that threatened to choke him.
At one point during her life-threatening illness while filming Butterfield 8 (1960), she was actually pronounced dead.
First actress to earn $1,000,000 for a movie role (in Cleopatra (1963)).
Along with Julie Andrews, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve, 1999.
The stories of her Oscar win for BUtterfield 8 (1960) have grown legendary. It is generally accepted as truth that she won Oscar voters by a vote of sympathy, because of the recent death of her husband, Michael Todd, and her near-fatal illness and emergency tracheotomy to save her life (her scar was very visible on Oscar night). Wisecracker and Rat Pack member Shirley MacLaine, who was favored to win for her role in The Apartment (1960), said afterwards that "I lost out to a tracheotomy."
She was voted the 11th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Ranked #7 in the American Film Insitutes list of the 50 'Greatest American Screen Legends', the top 25 male and top 25 female.
Although born in England, her parents were actually Americans who were just working in England. Her mother was of German descent and her dad was of Scots-Irish descent.
She and Richard Burton starred together in 11 movies: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The V.I.P.s (1963), Under Milk Wood (1972), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), The Sandpiper (1965), Hammersmith Is Out (1972), Doctor Faustus (1967), Divorce His - Divorce Hers (1973) (TV), The Comedians (1967), Cleopatra (1963) and Boom (1968). She had an uncredited cameo in Burton's film Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).
|Larry Fortensky||(6 October 1991 - 31 October 1996) (divorced)|
|John Warner||(4 December 1976 - 7 November 1982) (divorced)|
|Richard Burton||(10 October 1975 - 1 August 1976) (remarried) (divorced)|
|Richard Burton||(15 March 1964 - 26 June 1974) (divorced) 1 child|
|Eddie Fisher||(12 May 1959 - 6 March 1964) (divorced)|
|Michael Todd||(2 February 1957 - 22 March 1958) (his death) 1 child|
|Michael Wilding||(21 February 1952 - 30 January 1957) (divorced) 2 children|
|Conrad Hilton Jr.||(6 May 1950 - 1 February 1951) (divorced)|