Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011)
Born in London to American parents, Dame Elizabeth Taylor began her career as a child star making her first screen appearance in There’s One Born Every Minute. Fellow actress Angela Lansbury said, "Her appearance, even as a little girl was absolutely stunning".
Elizabeth made the transition into an adult actress in films including Giant, Raintree Country and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and continued her success appearing in a collection of films throughout the 50’s and 60’s.Her most famous films include National Velvet andCleopatra.
She received four Oscar nominations in a row from 1958 to 1961 and won two Best Actress Academy Awards for her roles as Gloria in Butterfield 8 and as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Her admirable career saw her go on to receive the AFI ‘Life Achievement Award’ in 1993 and also a BAFTA Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture in 1999. She is regularly voted as one of the greatest screen legends in opinion polls, epitomising international glamour and celebrity.
Her son, Michael Wilding, called her "an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest.” She will be remembered for her beauty, acting talent in films and television, and fundraising for AIDS causes, as well as a much publicized private life which included eight marriages – twice to Richard Burton.