Tuesday, February 27, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Elizabeth Taylor

“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”

Did you know...

1. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England
2. She was granted dual British-American citizenship at birth since her parents were both Americans from Arkansas City, Kansas who had moved to London to open an art gallery before she was born. The Taylor family moved back to the United States in the spring of 1939 due to the tense political situation in Europe before World War 1
3. She was known for her stunning 'violet' coloured eyes, which were actually a very intense blue, made even more dramatic by her eyes being rimmed with dark double eyelashes, caused by a genetic mutation called Distichia.
4. Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky was married 8 times, twice to the same man, Richard Burton. Taylor's personal life, and especially her eight marriages, drew a lot of media attention and public disapproval at the height of her career, especially after she married Eddie Fisher, the friend who comforted her after her third husband Mike Todd died in a plane crash in 1953. Eddie Fisher was still married to America's sweetheart Debbie Reynolds at the time of their affair which led to Taylor being branded a 'homewrecker'. Through her many marriages, Elizabeth Taylor was 'related' to half of Hollywood, most notably Paris Hilton, Carrie Fisher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jack Palance, Virginia Baker, Joan Blondell, Billie Lourd, Dick Powell, June Allyson, Joely Fisher and distantly related to the high society families of Bunny Mellon and John Paul Getty Jr.
5. She once saved the life of actor Montgomery Clift's when he had a near fatal car crash after leaving a party at her home. She entered the car through the back door, crawled to the front seat and removed the two front teeth from Clift's throat that threatened to choke him.

To learn more about Elizabeth Taylor and her extraordinary life, check out Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption

No comments: