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by Edd Barber
She was born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor on February 27, 1932 in London, England. Her parents were Francis and Sara Taylor, Americans living in England and later returning to the United States when war came to England. They settled in southern California where Elizabeth at the age of 10 was discovered by a movie talent scout. The rest is film history.
How could anyone have known at that time that this lovely child would grow up to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, most photographed, envied, maligned in the press, but adored by fans and friends all over the world. She has a history of illnesses, some of them life threatening. The most recent being her having a brain tumor removed and hip replacement surgery. She has been through it all but has always emerged victorious over these health setbacks.
Her battle with pills and alcohol is well documented as are her marriages and I will not dwell on the private aspects of her life. Only her career. After all the sorrow and tragedy she has had throughout her life, she still remains to her friends and fans alike, a wonderful human being and a great humanitarian who alone has raised millions of dollars to fight the dreaded disease AIDS.
Oddly enough she has never considered herself a beautiful woman. She has said that she had always thought Ava Gardner was a much more beautiful woman.
There is a quote from one of her films (as Gloria Wandrous in "Butterfield 8") which she despised making ("MGM put a gun to my head to make that film but it didn't mean I had to see it!") that pretty much sums up the lady, I think...."I'm not like anyone ... I'm me... "
She has made many great films, but there are the turkeys, too. At the American Film Institute tribute to her some years ago, as she accepted the award, she looked out at the audience and said, "I really wasn't that bad, was I?"
Some of my favorite films are "Raintree County", "Little Women", "A Place in the Sun", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "Elephant Walk", "Sweet Bird of Youth", (This latter a TV movie).
She has received the Academy Award for best actress twice. She received a third Academy Award for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the fight against AIDS. Her other awards are too numerous to mention but the latest honor to come to her very much deserves a mention here. The title of "Dame" bestowed upon her by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. The investiture is to take place soon in London, England where she was born.
She is a great believer in the special bond of friendship and is a staunch supporter of her friends when the need arises. She has (and still does) have a love of life and the people who touch her soul with their sincerity and kindness.
This page is my personal tribute to her. As I stated earlier on, I will not intrude on her personal life. She has tried (in vain at times) to keep that very private and I respect her for that. If you enjoyed your visit here, please send me an e-mail letting me know.
I now wish to thank Doug Stickney who constructed this site for me as I am unable to do so on my own. I met Doug on the internet a few years ago and he created the page for me and scanned photos of Elizabeth from my collection as well as photos from his own ET collection. He has his own site which this is also connected to. His favorite is Lizabeth Scott, and a visit to his entire web site is very rewarding to the eye. Please check it out. It is worth it!