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Organized "A Commitment to Life", a celebrity event to benefit AIDS research after her Giant (1956) co-star Rock Hudson became ill in 1985. The event featured former First Lady Betty Ford, Burt Lancaster, Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Reynolds. More than $1.3 million was raised.

Mother-in-law of Brooke Palance.

Mother of Christopher Edward Wilding and Michael Wilding Jr.

Mentioned in Walter Kirn`s novel "Thumbs*cker".

Measurements: 36C-21-36 (for the majority of her film career), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

1976: Won the title of "Most Memorable Eyebrows" in a magazine poll. The first runner up was Lassie.

Born at 2:15 AM GMT (imdb.com)

Cancelled her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, prompting renewed fears about her health. The acting legend usually attends an annual charity dinner organized by the American Foundation For AIDS Research (AMFAR), which always coincides with the South of France festival. However, Taylor - who also pulled out in 2004 due to health problems - was replaced by Sharon Stone and Liza Minnelli at the gala. (May 2005) (imdb.com)

Ranked #72 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] (imdb.com)

She is mentioned in the song "Lady Nina" by rock band Marillion. (imdb.com)

Underwent radiation therapy in 2002 for basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. (imdb.com)

Her daughter, Liza Todd Burton, with Michael Todd, is a sculptor, who has two sons, Quinn and Rhys, with her husband artist Hap Tivey (imdb.com)

Underwent successful surgery to remove the benign brain tumor. [20 February 1997] (imdb.com)

Received $500,000 divorce settlement from Conrad Hilton Jr., 1951. (imdb.com)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#16). [1995] (imdb.com)

Announced her retirement from acting in 2003. (imdb.com)

Has had three hip replacements. (imdb.com)

Writer Charles Bukowski, in his newspaper column (and later book) "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," revealed that he loathed Taylor as an absurd icon of the celebrity-mad, media-besotted American culture that he despised. (imdb.com)

Did not attend The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) due to her opposition to the Iraq war. (imdb.com)

Her AIDS organization AMFAR raised $83 million in the twelve years following its creation in 1985. (imdb.com)

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. (imdb.com)

Her episode of "Biography" (1987) was the highest-rated episode of that series on Arts & Entertainment (thru the end of 1995). (imdb.com)

Stepmother of the late Michael Todd Jr., who was actually her senior by three years. (imdb.com)

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." (imdb.com)

In 2006 she introduced a line of diamond and precious stone jewelry called "House of Taylor". The designs are said to be inspired by certain favorite pieces in her own collection. She actually wrote a book on jewelry and is considered to be an authority on the subject. (imdb.com)

Was a frequent guest at the infamous "Studio 54" (imdb.com)

She was bridesmaid for Jane Powell for her first marriage. Powell was bridesmaid for Taylor at her first marriage. (imdb.com)

Premiere Magazine ranked her as #40 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005). (imdb.com)

She was (along with Marisa Berenson) co-matron of honor at Liza Minnelli's and David Gest's wedding. (imdb.com)

Along with Julie Andrews, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve, 1999. (imdb.com)

Discharged from hospital, but later rushed back in after a suffering a brain seizure. Said to be comfortable. [26 February 1997] (imdb.com)

Has four children and nine grandchildren. (imdb.com)

Became friends with Marlon Brando while shooting Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). Brando agreed to pick up her Best Actress Award for Who's Afraid of v*rginia Woolf? (1966) from the New York Film Critics Circle. When Brando made his appearance at the NYFCC Award ceremony at Sardi's on January 29, 1967, he berated the critics, querying them as to why they hadn't recognized Liz before. He then flew to Dahomey, Africa, where she was shooting The Comedians (1967) with Richard Burton to personally deliver the award, a development Burton thought odd. Several years later Brando socialized with the Burtons, visiting them on their famous yacht the Kalizma, while they plied the Mediterreanean. Brando's ex-wife Anna Kashfi, in her book "Brando for Breakfast" (1979), claimed that Brando and Burton got into a fist fight aboard the yacht, probably over Liz, but nothing of the incident appears in Burton's voluminous diaries. In his diaries, Burton found Brando to be quite intelligent but believed he suffered, like Liz did, from becoming too famous too early in his life and believed their affinity for one another was based on this (both Liz and Marlon would later befriend Michael Jackson, another superstar-cum-legend who had become too famous too soon). Burton recognized Brando as a great actor, but felt he would have been more suited to silent films due to the deficiency in his voice (the famous "mumble"). As a silent film star, Burton believed Brando would have been the greatest motion picture actor ever. (imdb.com)

At one point during her life-threatening illness while filming BUtterfield 8 (1960), she was actually pronounced dead. (imdb.com)

Ranked #7 in the American Film Insitutes list of the 50 'Greatest American Screen Legends', the top 25 male and top 25 female. (imdb.com)

She was voted the 11th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. (imdb.com)

She and Richard Burton appeared together in 12 movies: Who's Afraid of v*rginia 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), Boom (1968) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). (imdb.com)

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. (imdb.com)

Inducted into the California Hall of Fame in Sacramento (5 December 2007). (imdb.com)

Along with Mark Hamill and Joe Mantegna, she is one of only three actors to play both themselves and a fictional character in "The Simpsons" (1989). She supplied the voice of Maggie Simpson in the Season Four episode "Lisa's First Word" and portrayed herself in the Season Four episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled". (imdb.com)

Her perfumes have been Passion (1987), White Diamonds (1991), Diamonds and Rubies, Diamonds and Emeralds, Diamonds and Sapphires and Black Pearls (1995). (imdb.com)

In a 2007 interview with "Entertainment Tonight" (1981)'s Mary Hart, Taylor said she had recently telephoned ex-husband Eddie Fisher and spoke to him for the first time in nearly 40 years. (imdb.com)

Former stepmother of Kate Burton. (imdb.com)

Considers Michael Jackson among her closest friends. (imdb.com)

Was unable to give evidence at Michael Jackson's trial due to illness. (imdb.com)

Lives in BelAir house once owned by Frank Sinatra when he was married to first wife, Nancy. (imdb.com)

Liz and Richard Burton appeared together on stage in a 1983 revival of "Private Lives." (imdb.com)

Announced in November 2004 she has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but vowed to continue raising funds for AIDS charities and to build a Richard Burton Memorial Theatre in Cardiff, Wales. (imdb.com)

Appeared on "Larry King Live" (1985) to refute claims that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and was close to death. (30 May 2006) (imdb.com)

She is a recipient of the 2002 John F. Kennedy Center Honors. (imdb.com)

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