'It's so large. How very vulgar ... Would you mind if I tried it on?' - HRH Princess Margaret on first seeing Elizabeth's new diamond, the Krupp.
'Unlike some Hollywood types I know, she insists on being herself.; - Former President Ronald Reagan.
'The most self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I have ever seen.' - Richard Burton, husbands numbers 5 & 6.
Elizabeth's first on-screen kiss came from lanky, likeable, curly-haired Marshall Thompson.
A fiance was William Pawley.
Elizabeth's groom in Father of the Bride and Father's Little Dividend was Don Taylor, who went on to a career as a director and writer before dying in 1998, at the age of 78.
This Father... Metro series would have produced many other installments had the husband of Joan Bennett not shot her lover Jennings Lang in the groin, causing a scandal that wiped out Bennett's film career and trashed the series.
Her 1950 marriage to Nicky Hilton was over in less than a year. He was a heroin addict and compulsive gambler.
Taylor and James Dean filmed Giant in 1955. Elizabeth later recalled: 'He and I "twinkled". We had a ... well ... little "twinkle" for each other'.
During filming Raintree County in May 1956, her co-star Montgomery Clift's face was disfigured in a car wreck.
She was 26 when she married 50-year-old Mike Todd.
She remained friends with Roddy McDowall from the time they filmed together as child stars in the early 1940s until his death from cancer in 1999.
In the 1960s, Elizabeth amassed one of the most impressive private jewellery collections in the world, including the 33.19 carat Krupp diamond for $305,000. the legendary L Peregina Pearl for $37,000, suspended from a $100,000 pearl, diamond and ruby necklace, and the 69.42 carat Taylor-Burton diamond, purchased for $1.1 million and sold the following decade to cover expenses during her marriage to John Warner.
Stephen Boyd had originally been cast as Antony when filming on Cleopatra began in 1960 at Pinewood Studios in England. Because there were delays in production partly due to the English climate making Elizabeth Taylor continually ill, he had to drop out due to ther commitments. Burton replaced him as did Rex HarrisonPeter Finch for the same reason.
Burton hadn't been first choice to replace Boyd. The director Joseph L. Mankiewicz wanted Marlon Brando but he was making Mutiny on the Boounty so wasn't available.
The film was costly from the outset, the budget having risen from $10 million to $14 million with only seven minutes of film shot, none of it usable.
He did his first shot on Cleopatra on 2nd January 1962.
Burton told the author when talking about Elizabeth Taylor naked in the bath scene: 'Oh, her body. It was ... intoxicating. You could not look at Elizabeth nude and not want her. So, yes, of course as soon as I saw her nude I wanted her... That's just lust, and I have plenty of that'.
Burton had one very simple, although hardly definitive, explanation as to why he fell for her: 'She has the best pair of t*ts in the world! There was nothing better in life, apart from a good book, to wake up in the morning and the first thing I see is the most fabulous pair of t*ts'. He affectionately called her 'Miss T*ts' on the set.
In early 1971 Richard Burton made the film version of Under Milk Wood. Budget was just £300,000 and was made in just 40 days. The stars, Burton, O'Toole an Elizabeth Taylor (a real coup getting her name on board and was really O'Toole's persuasion) agreed to small fees but large profits. The film never made much money.
It was shot in the Gwaun Valley in Wales with many of the locals appearing as extras and in small roles.
23rd March 2011: It has just been announced Elizabeth died yesterday evening in Los Angeles at the age of 79. She had been treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.
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