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has purple eyes

loves diamonds

was a child star

loves horses

loves clothes

was married 8 times

twice to Burton

is english

lives in hollywood

loves to charity

After her son Michael had renounced his American citizenship for possession of marijuana, the U.S. Congress passed a bill to block his deportation (1988). (imdb.com)

Endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential election. (imdb.com)

Was named a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on the Millenium New Year's Honours List, December 31, 1999. (imdb.com)

Godmother of Prince Michael Jackson I. (imdb.com)

The 1963 Andy Warhol portrait of hers was sold for $ 23,7 million to an anonymous bidder at a Christie's auction in New York (14 November 2007). (imdb.com)

Auctioned off her diamond-and-emerald engagement ring from Richard Burton to raise money for an AIDS charity. (imdb.com)

Godmother of Paris Jackson. (imdb.com)

First actress to earn $1,000,000 for a movie role (in Cleopatra (1963)). (imdb.com)

In 1963, while the highest paid American business executive earned $650,000 and President John F. Kennedy's salary was $150,000, she received at least $2.4 million. (imdb.com)

Was unable to attend the civil partnership ceremony of her friend Sir Elton John in England due to her illness. (December 2005) (imdb.com)

Her third husband Michael Todd gave her a 29-carat diamond ring during their marriage, a feat topped by fifth husband Richard Burton when he gave her the 69-carat "Burton-Cartier" (later renamed "Burton-Taylor") diamond. Fourth-husband Eddie Fisher said that a $50,000 diamond could keep Taylor happy for approximately four days. (imdb.com)

In Italy she was exclusively dubbed until the mid-1950s by Germana Calderini. As she matured, she was dubbed by Fiorella Betti. For two of her most celebrated roles--Leslie Lynnton Benedict in Giant (1956) and Catherine Holly in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)--Taylor was dubbed respectively by Micaela Giustiniani and Lidia Simoneschi, the only time either actress lent their voice to her. (imdb.com)

In 2006, she donated $500,000 to the New Orleans AIDS Task Force to purchase mobile medical unit for AIDS sufferers in New Orleans. (imdb.com)

Her older brother Howard Taylor was born in 1929. (imdb.com)

Has appeared solo on the cover of PEOPLE magazine 14 times, second only to Princess Diana (as of 1996). (imdb.com)

In the early 1970s she planned to star in the movie version of the hit 1971 Broadway play "Twigs" by George Furth, in which she would have played four characters -- three sisters and their aged, cranky Bronx-Irish mother -- but the project never materialized. (imdb.com)

Is portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn in Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995) (TV) (imdb.com)

Admitted in an interview with Barbara Walters in the late 1990s that she would still like to act but, because of her medical problems, no movie company will insure her. In addition to many other medical problems, including a benign brain tumor she had removed, she has broken her back four times. This causes her severe pain when walking or standing for long amounts of time. (imdb.com)

The premiere of her film Father of the Bride (1950) took place two days after her real-life marriage to Conrad Hilton Jr.. The publicity surrounding the event is credited with helping to make the film so successful. The marriage lasted as long as the 3 month European honeymoon. Irreconcilable differences were cited in the divorce court. (imdb.com)

In 1969, Richard Burton bought her one of the world's largest and most beautiful diamonds from the jeweler Cartier after losing an auction for the 69-carat, pear-shaped stone to the jeweler, who won with a $1-million bid. The rough diamond that would yield the prized stone weighed 244 carats and was found in 1966 at South Africa's Premier mine. Harry Winston cut and polished the diamond, which was put up for auction in 1969. Burton purchased the diamond from Cartier the next day for $1,069,000 to give to Taylor. The small premium was the result of the publicity Cartier garnered from selling the stone, then called the "Burton-Cartier Diamond," to the then "world's most famous couple." Ten years later, the twice-divorced-from-Burton Taylor herself auctioned off the "Burton-Taylor Diamond" to fund a hospital in Botswana. The last recorded sale of the Taylor-Burton was in 1979 for nearly $3,000,000 to an anonymous buyer in Saudi Arabia. The ring was the center of the classic "Here's Lucy" (1968) episode "Lucy Meets the Burtons," in which Lucy Carter, played by Lucille Ball, gets the famous ring stuck on her finger. The actual ring was used and the episode was the highest rated episode of the very popular series. (imdb.com)

Two sons with Michael Wilding: Michael Howard (born January 6, 1953) and Christopher Edward (born February 28, 1955). Her daughter with Michael Todd, Elizabeth Frances Todd, called "Liza", was born August 6, 1957. Her daughter, Maria Burton, (adopted 1964 with Richard Burton) was born August 1, 1961. (imdb.com)

Her beloved dog, a Maltese named Sugar, died in 2005. Some months later, she purchased Daisy, one of Sugar's descendants. (imdb.com)

Has owned some of the world's most magnificent jewelry, including the the 33-carat "Krupp Diamond", the Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, the Grand Duchess of Russia emeralds, the "LaPeregina Pearl" (which was a Valentine present from her from Richard Burton), and the famous pear-shaped 69-carat "Burton-Cartier Diamond" Burton gave her in 1969 (subsequently renamed the "Burton-Taylor Diamond." (imdb.com)

American Film Institute Life Achievement Award [1993] (imdb.com)

After the death of husband Mike Todd, Elizabeth and Mike Todd's son sued the company Ayer Lease Plan, Inc. for $5,000,000 charging negligence. They were awarded only $40,000, of which $13,000 went to attorney's fees. The remaining $27,000 went to their daughter Frances. (imdb.com)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Former stepmother of Kate Burton. (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)

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

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

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)

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


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