She is the winner of two Academy Awards for best actress, as well as being a feature on PEOPLE magazine covers fourteen times, and was named ‘dame’ by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999. Her private live has also garnered attention, with her many marriages and illnesses. She was a close friend of pop star Michael Jackson and is godmother to two of his children.
Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, England in 1932. Though she was born in England, her parents were American art dealers who had gone to London to set up an art gallery. Her mother had been an actress but retired when she married Taylor’s father. Taylor lived in England until she was seven and then the family moved back to the states before the beginnings of World War II. It was in the city of Los Angeles, CA that Taylor’s beauty caught the eye of a family friend and though she should do a screen test. Universal Studios were impressed and signed her to a contract, where she appeared in her first featured film, “There’s One Born Every Minute” in 1942 at the age of ten. She was released from the contract however, but was soon spotted by MGM.
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