Thursday, October 6, 2011
ElizabethTaylor (1932–2011) was one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. National Velvet (1944) was Taylor's first success, and she starred in Father of the Bride (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), Giant (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Butterfield 8 (1960), played the title role in Cleopatra (1963), and married her co-star Richard Burton. They appeared together in 11 films, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), for which Taylor won a second Academy Award.
Taylor received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Legion of Honour, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, who named her seventh on their list of the "Greatest American Screen Legends." Taylor died of congestive heart failure in March 2011.
A dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States, Taylor was a British citizen through her birth on British soil (in London) and a U.S. citizen through her parents.
Shortly before the beginning of World War II, Taylor's parents decided to come to the United States to avoid hostilities. They settled in Los Angeles, California.