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Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011)

The British-American actress went from MGM child star, appearing in her first film in 1942, to 'greatest movie star of all'. Despite her undeniable acting abilities, she also stood as a glamorous and beautiful woman, developing an outstanding jewellery collection and featuring distinctive violet eyes that would mesmerise on and off screen. In the 1960s, Elizabeth Taylor also held a crucial role in the sexual revolution of the decade, being one of the first major stars to pose in 'Playboy' and to remove her clothes in a film. She, later, fought, against the dark side of this sexual revolution, one of the first celebrities to acknowledge the AIDS disease and to devote herself to fund-raising. From the good girl she started to embody in Lassie’s stories and A Place in the Sun, she turned a harsher character and sometimes a shrew in dramas like Suddenly Last SummerWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf or her own love affair with Richard Burton she married and divorced several times.

 

James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson on the set of Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson on the set of Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
Henry Clarke, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at La Fiorentina in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, 1967
Henry Clarke, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at La Fiorentina in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, 1967
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950
Elizabeth Taylor falling asleep on a break  with James Dean from filming Giant, 1955
Elizabeth Taylor falling asleep on a break with James Dean from filming Giant, 1955
Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Mike Nichols, 1966
Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Mike Nichols, 1966
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun directed by George Stevens, 1951
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun directed by George Stevens, 1951
Bob Wiilloughby, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Mike Nichols, 1966
Bob Wiilloughby, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Mike Nichols, 1966
Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor  in Father’s Little Dividend directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor in Father’s Little Dividend directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Henry Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor in Ash Wednesday directed by Larry Peerce, 1973
Henry Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor in Ash Wednesday directed by Larry Peerce, 1973
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Ash Wednesday directed by Larry Peerce, 1973
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Ash Wednesday directed by Larry Peerce, 1973
Elizabeth Taylor in Costum's test  for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Elizabeth Taylor in Costum's test for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor and Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz for Cleopatra, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor and Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz for Cleopatra, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 directed by Daniel Mann, 1960
Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 directed by Daniel Mann, 1960
Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963
Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn in  Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn in Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
Paul Schutzer , Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra with her son, 1963
Paul Schutzer , Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra with her son, 1963
Peter Stackpole, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift outside at Paramount Studios during break in filming A Place in the Sun, 1950
Peter Stackpole, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift outside at Paramount Studios during break in filming A Place in the Sun, 1950
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Ava Gardner on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Ava Gardner on the set of The Night of the Iguana, Mexico, 1963
Edward Clark, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor's wedding to Nick Hilton, May 5, 1950
Edward Clark, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor's wedding to Nick Hilton, May 5, 1950
Portrait of Elizabeth taylor for Father of the Bride directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1950
Portrait of Elizabeth taylor for Father of the Bride directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1950
Sid Avery,  Portrait of  Elizabeth Taylor on the set of “Giant”, Marfa, Texas, 1955
Sid Avery, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of “Giant”, Marfa, Texas, 1955
Sid Every, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, and director Edward Dmytryk prepare a scene for Raintree County, 1956
Sid Every, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, and director Edward Dmytryk prepare a scene for Raintree County, 1956
Ken Heyman, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1960's
Ken Heyman, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1960's
Sid Avery,  Portrait of  Elizabeth Taylor on the set of “Giant”, Marfa, Texas, 1955
Sid Avery, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of “Giant”, Marfa, Texas, 1955
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for The Girl Who Had Everything directed by Richard Thorpe, 1953
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for The Girl Who Had Everything directed by Richard Thorpe, 1953
Burt Glinn, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for
Burt Glinn, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for "Suddenly, Last Summer" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
André De Diennes, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
André De Diennes, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
James Dean and Elizabeth taylor on the set of Giant, 1955
James Dean and Elizabeth taylor on the set of Giant, 1955
Yul Brynner, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at home, 1959
Yul Brynner, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at home, 1959
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, New York City, 1958
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, New York City, 1958
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1964
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1964
Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, 1963
Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, 1963
Richard Avedon, Liz Taylor wearing a creation of Balmain and Cartier jewels, Harper's Bazaar, July 1961
Richard Avedon, Liz Taylor wearing a creation of Balmain and Cartier jewels, Harper's Bazaar, July 1961
Elizabeth Taylor on the set of  Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Portrait of Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Portrait of Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" directed by Richard Brooks, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1953
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1953
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on their wedding day in 1964
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on their wedding day in 1964
Elizabeth Taylor's 1959 wedding to Eddie Fisher
Elizabeth Taylor's 1959 wedding to Eddie Fisher
Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Eve Arnold,  Portrait  Elizabeth Taylor 1974
Eve Arnold, Portrait Elizabeth Taylor 1974
Eve Arnold, Elizabeth Taylor with her children, watching Richard Burton act out a death scene, 1963
Eve Arnold, Elizabeth Taylor with her children, watching Richard Burton act out a death scene, 1963
Elizabeth Taylor on the set of  Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959
Portrait Of Elizabeth Taylor for Elephant Walk directed by William Dieterle, 1954
Portrait Of Elizabeth Taylor for Elephant Walk directed by William Dieterle, 1954
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Boom directed by Joseph Losey, 1968
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for Boom directed by Joseph Losey, 1968
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1950's
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in Giant directed by George Stevens ,1956
Douglas Kirkland, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1961
Douglas Kirkland, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1961
Douglas Kirkland, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1960
Douglas Kirkland, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1960
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor wit the Taylor-Burton diamond,1960's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor wit the Taylor-Burton diamond,1960's
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra, 1962
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra, 1962
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1967
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1967
Elizabeth Taylor in  Butterfield 8 directed by Daniel Mann, 1960
Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 directed by Daniel Mann, 1960
J.R Eyerman, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1947
J.R Eyerman, Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1947
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