Catapulting herself into the limelight at the tender age of 10, Liz Taylor’s monumental screen presence, patrician beauty, and hilarious talent for quips and self-deference won her a place in our hearts and the history books.

Born to wealthy American parents, Elizabeth made her debut in 1942’s There’s One Born Every Minute; however, it wasn’t until 1944’s National Velvet that the young starlet’s qualities were finally recognised. 1960’s Butterfield 8, in which she played ‘The Most Desirable Woman In Town’ brought her first Academy Award. Another followed for in 1967 for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ where she portrays, quite eerily, one half of a fracturing marriage.

Now a household name, her dramatic private life and penchant for life’s finer things kept the world fascinated. After the death of a close friend from AIDS, she tackled the epidemic head-on, starting two foundations and working tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease.

When she passed away in 2011, it felt as though era ended with her; Taylor was widely recognised as one of the final vanguards of ‘Classic Hollywood’. With eight marriages (twice to one man), two Academy Awards and two Oscars behind her, Liz’s jet-set, wild ride, motion-picture life was nothing short of monumental. She won’t be forgotten.

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