Elizabeth Taylor — A Movie Pictorial
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful and talented actresses to ever grace the silver screen. The following is a pictorial honoring some of her best and most important movies.
Lassie Come Home (1943). Taylor had a secondary role in this movie as Lassie Come Home featured child star Roddie McDowell. But McDowell and Taylor both recieved favourable reviews which led to eleven year old Taylor signing a seven year contract with MGM. Taylor and McDowell became friends during the filming and would remain close friends until McDowell’s death in 1998.
National Velvet (1944). Mickey Rooney had top billing but it was Elizabeth Taylor who stole the show with her role as Velvet Brown, a young girl who trains her horse to win the Grand National. Taylor’s performance skyrocketed her to stardom at the age of twelve and led to her signing a new long term contract with MGM that raised her salary to 30,000 dollars a year.
Father Of The Bride (1950). Taylor easily made the transition to adult roles as she grew older. Father of the Bride, with Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett, was Taylor’s first big box office hit in an adult role. She was seventeen at the time.
Giant (1956). Giant was a star studded epic directed by George Stevens and starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Giant was nominated for 10 Academy Awards with one win for best director. (On a side note, this was James Dean’s last movie as he died in a car wreck before the movie was released.)
Raintree County (1957). Taylor starred opposite Montgomery Clift in this Civil War Drama which earned Taylor her first of four in a row nominations for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) . Elizabeth earned her second of four nominations in a row for an Academy Award for Best Actress in her role as Maggie opposite Paul Newman in this movie adaptation of Tennessee William’s play.
Butterfield 8 (1960). Taylor won her first Academy Award for Best Actress after being nominated for the 4th year in a row for her role as Gloria Wandrous starring opposite her then husband Eddie Fisher.
Cleopatra (1963). Elizabeth Taylor became the first woman ever to sign a million dollar contract when she accepted the title role in the 20th Century Fox lavish production of Cleopatra. The movie won 4 Academy Awards and was the highest grossing movie of 1963. Taylor played Cleopatra opposite Richard Burton’s Marc Antony. It was during the filming of this movie that Taylor and Burton first met and started their torrid love affair which recieved much attention from the press as they were both married at the time. (Taylor and Burton would later marry and divorce, twice, but would remain friends for the rest of their lives.)
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf (1966). Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf was a drama starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, and Sandy Denis. The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and is the only film to ever recieve an Academy Award nomination in every eligible catagory possible. It won five times including Taylor recieving her second Academy Award for Best Actress. Many critics said that Elizabeth Taylor’s role as the lewd and unkept Martha was her best performance ever.
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