Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor passed away today, March 23,2011 at the age of 79. Ms. Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London to American Parents who were living in England at the time. Her debut film was the 1942, There's One Born Every Minute, that she began at the age of nine, followed quickly by a 1943 role in Lassie Come Home, a film in which her star qualities were already apparent at the age of 10.. Elizabeth Taylor grew up in films, continuing to appear in films every year from 1942 until her final theatrical film, The Flintstones in 1994, and her final Television Film, These Old Broads in 2001. In the intervening years between her debut role in There's One Born Every Minute until her final role in These Old Broads, Elizabeth Taylor was an iconic Actresses, starring in pivotal roles during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Honored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ms. Taylor was nominated five times for Best Actress and took home the Oscar twice. Ms. Taylor was nominated an unprecedented four years in a row for Best Actress beginning in 1959 for her portrayal of Susanna Drake in Raintree County opposite Montgomery Clift. Her 1958 Academy Award Nomination came for her portrayal of Maggie in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof opposite Paul Newman and featuring Burl Ives in the film adaption of the Tennessee Williams Play. Shut out two years in a row for the Oscar, Elizabeth Taylor put in another Academy Award Nomination Role as Catherine Holly in the 1959 film, Suddenly, Last Summer, in which she starred with Hollywood Legend Katherine Hepburn. On her 4th nomination in 1960 for her role in the dramatic film, Butterfield 8, as Gloria Wondrous, Elizabeth Taylor was awarded the Oscar at the age of 28. After a six year dry spell Ms. Taylor was again nominated and won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1966 for the role of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
Throughout her storied career Elizabeth Taylor was the epitome of Beauty, a Silver Screen Icon whose eyes were captivating even in black and white. Always appearing flawless, Ms. Taylor's on and off screen makeup was always perfect, highlighting the depth of her eyes, the contours of her face and playing against her dark hair. No matter what the role Elizabeth Taylor emanated a sensual appeal, whether in a dramatic or comedic role. Although honored for her Acting Prowess with Five Nominations and Two Oscars, her film credits are packed with captivating roles for which she was not honored with a Nomination, not the least of which is her role at the age of 12 as Velvet Brown in the film National Velvet, a film that was deemed worthy of preservation by The Library of Congress, because of its significances to the culture and history of the American Film.
Her personal life aside Ms. Taylor is to be remembered for her work ethic, her humanitarianism, her grace, beauty and style. Elizabeth Taylor was a major part of the Glamor Days of Hollywood and beyond. Only Ms. Taylor could play Cleopatra and Helen of Troy with a spark of sensuality. Her body of theatrical work will remain a living testament to the great beauty, talent and soul of Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.
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