Known for her stunning looks Elizabeth Taylor first came to my attention while studying Taming of the Shrew at school. In the public eye from the age of 11 Taylor captured people’s interest for decades after her last film success with her looks, courage, sense of humour and eventful lovelife – she had seven husbands, and eight marriages (two to actor Richard Burton.)
On screen Taylor dazzled in films including A Place in the Sun (1951), Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Butterfield 8 (1961), Cleopatra (1963) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Off screen she campaigned tirelessly on the behalf of AIDS sufferers following the death of her friend Rock Hudson in 1985.
Growing up in the public eye the world arguably watched Elizabeth Taylor with as much, if not more, fascination in reality as in character. Following a wealth of health difficulties she died as a result of heart failure aged 79.