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Did You Know?
... that Elizabeth Taylor was the first actress ever to receive a $1,000,000 salary for a role in a movie. This was her fee for Cleopatra.
... that in 1950, only days after the premiere of her hit movie Father of the Bride (pictured here) Elizabeth Taylor married the first of what would be eight husbands. He was Conrad Hilton Jr., the son of the founder of the Hilton Hotel fortune. And yes, that is correct, Elizabeth Taylor is the Great Aunt by marriage of Paris Hilton!
... that decades before the Angelina/Brad/Jennifer triangle captivated the tabloids there was the Elizabeth/Eddie/Debbie saga. In 1959, devastated by the tragic death of her husband Mike Todd, Elizabeth Taylor turned to Todd's best friend singer Eddie Fisher for comfort. At the time, Eddie Fisher was married to America's Sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds. An affair occurred and Fisher divorced Reynolds to marry Elizabeth Taylor. Their marriage would last five years, ironically torn asunder by another of Elizabeth Taylor's high profile affairs (see below.)
... that Elizabeth Taylor was married to British actor Richard Burton not one but two times. They met on the set of Cleopatra and fell passionately in love. After leaving their respective spouses and causing an international scandal, they would marry for the first time in 1964. During the course of their tumultuous relationship they made eleven movies together, the most famous being:
The Taming of the Shrew,
Doctor Faustus and
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (pictured here.)
... that Richard Burton bought Elizabeth Taylor two of the world's largest diamond rings. The first was an engagement ring featuring the 33.19-carat Krupp Diamond. For her birthday in 1972, Burton would pay $1.1 million dollars for the heart-shaped 69.42-carat Burton-Taylor diamond (pictured here). After their second divorce three years later, Elizabeth Taylor sold the diamond for $5 million and donated a significant amount of the proceeds to charity.
... that Elizabeth Taylor became good friends with Giant co-star Rock Hudson and after he died from complications from the AIDS virus in 1985, Elizabeth Taylor took up the cause of raising money for AIDS research. In 1993, in recognition of this charitable work, Elizabeth was awarded the prestigious Jean Hercholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of the Motion Picture Arts and Scienes. You can learn more at the The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation Website. Visit our Tribute to Giant
... that Elizabeth Taylor is one of very few actors who have received Academy Award nominations in multiple consecutive years. Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for Best Actress four years in a row, from 1958 to 1961 for her performances in Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer and Butterfield 8 (pictured here). It was only the fourth nomination that won her an Oscar (even though some believed that her role as a tortured call-girl in Butterfield 8 was the weakest role of the four.)
... that Elizabeth Taylor had a very close friendship with actor Montgomery Clift. They first met while playing opposite each other in the classic film A Place in the Sun. They would appear together in two other films, Suddenly Last Summer and Raintree County.
... that Elizabeth Taylor made her share of controversial for their time movies. In fact three of her films, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (pictured here), Suddenly Last Summer and Reflections of a Golden Eye had the similar thematic element of the tragic consequences that result when society forces men to repress their true sexual identities.
... that Elizabeth Taylor was named Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in the eve of the new millennium - December 31, 1999.
... that Elizabeth Taylor was the subject of a very famous Andy Warhol painting (shown here). One of the original paintings from a series of 13 painted by Warhol in 1963 was sold to an anonymous collector for $23.7 million in 2007. A strange rumor, that has never been confirmed by the source, is that actor Hugh Grant was the seller, having bought the painting for $6 million in 2001.
... that in 1981, at the height of the General Hospital Luke and Laura phenomenon a big fan made a request of the producers ... can I make a cameo appearance on the show. That fan was Elizabeth Taylor. She received the plum role of the evil Helena Cassadine, widdow of Luke and Laura's arch-enemy Mikkos Cassadine. Here's a clip from her first appearance on the show:
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Elizabeth Taylor is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
If you walk around to the west side of Mann's Chinese Theater, you'll see this mural of Elizabeth Taylor creating her prints.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
Here's where you can find Elizabeth Taylor's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6225 Hollywood Blvd.