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Elizabeth Taylor

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Net Worth $ 600 Million
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  • Birthday27th Feb, 32
  • Birth PlaceUnited Kingdom
  • Marital statusDeceased
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Dame Elizabeth Taylor, also known as "Liz", was an American actress who is widely recognized as one the most memorable screen legends in Hollywood. The British born star made her film debut as a child actor in the 1942 movie “There's One Born Every Minute”. Taylor went on to star in a number of successful films as a child and adolescent star including the 1944 sports saga “National Velvet”, the 1950 comedy “Father of the Bride” and the 1959 hit “Suddenly, Last Summer”. Taylor landed her first Best Actress Academy Award with her role in the 1960 film “BUtterfield 8”. Taylor then captured the imagination of the cinema-going world for her portrayal of the legendary last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra in the 1963 movie of the same name. For her role in the 1966 film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Taylor earned her second Best Actress Oscar. Having endured many years of ill health, Elizabeth Taylor died of a congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in March 2011. Elizabeth Taylor is one of just 14 women in the world who became a billionaire through their own efforts. She was paid $4 million for her role in Cleopatra which, when adjusted for inflation, comes out to around $47 million today. In the ‘90s, she was earning more than $62.9 million per year. At the time of her death, her fortune was estimated to be worth over $1 billion though exact figures of the fortune she left behind were never made public. Her fortune was last made public in 1994 when it was declared that the two-time Oscar winning actress owned more than $104 million in the form of interest-bearing bank accounts, $274.21 million in stocks and bonds and around $127.45 million in the form of real estate. Her fragrance venture with Elizabeth Arden alone has been known to have amassed over $1 billion through sales. Famous for her love of jewels and art, Taylor’s personal collection of jewelry and artwork was estimated to be worth around $150 million in 2002. The collection included famous pieces like the pear-shaped 69.42-carat Burton-Taylor diamond that cost more than $1 million in 1969, the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond and a stunning ruby and diamond Cartier necklace. Also a dedicated humanitarian, Taylor was one of the first celebrities in the world to acknowledge and work with HIV/AIDS-related charities and causes. For her HIV/AIDS humanitarian work, she was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is a special Academy Award, in 1992. In 1993, she founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation which has raised more than $270 million to help funding AIDS research and provide support to people with the disease. In May 1950, Elizabeth Taylor married young hotel heir Conrad Hilton though Hilton’s abusive behavior ended the marriage after just nine months. After her split from Hilton, Taylor married Michael Wilding who was 20 years her senior. Taylor and Wilding has two sons together- Christopher Edward and Michael Howard, the marriage lasted just under five years. In 1957, Taylor married Michael Todd and the couple had a daughter named Elizabeth Frances "Liza". Todd died just a year later and Taylor always acknowledged him as one of the three loves of her life. Taylor next married Todd’s best friend Eddie Fisher, who had still been married to Debbie Reynolds when the two first began their affair. Fisher and Taylor, however, split in 1964. The same year, Taylor married her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton and the ten years of their marriage was closely followed by the press. The couple divorced in June 1974 though they remarried after just 16 months. Despite being the loves of each other’s lives, the couple redivorced in 1976. In December 1976, Taylor married the then United States Senator from Virginia John Warner but soon grew unhappy with her life in DC and the couple got a divorce in 1982. Taylor married her eighth husband Larry Fortensky in 1991 and the marriage ended in just 5 years. Taylor also has an adopted daughter named Maria and both her daughters were adopted by Richard Burton during their marriage.

Quotes

  • It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.
  • I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them.
  • The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
  • You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal.
  • I'm a survivor - a living example of what people can go through and survive.

Did you know?

  • She ranked #72 in Empire (UK) magazines "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in Oct 1997.
  • She has appeared solo on the cover of PEOPLE magazine 14 times.
  • She received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Legion of Honour, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, who named her seventh on their list of the "Greatest American Screen Legends".
  • She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her performance in Butterfield 8 in 1960, and for Who
  • She was honored by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) with the Life Achievement Award.

Family & relationships

Elizabeth Taylor Estates and Homes (1)

Bel Air Mansion

Bel Air Mansion

Having been home to the charismatic and enigmatic Elizabeth Taylor for 3 decades, her Bel Air mansion came up for sale after her demise in early 2011. She had bought the house in 1981 and it was listed for $8.6 million after her death. The house has been home to many family holidays.

Location: The house is located in the affluent community in the hills of Westside, city of Los Angeles, California.

Accommodation: The house is a literal palace with more than 7,000 square feet of living space. The house has 5 bedrooms. The master suite which belonged to the English-American icon occupies the entire second floor. There are an equal number of bathrooms with additional screening room, maids' quarters and a powder room.

Features: The 1960's ranch house sits on more than 1.2 acres of wonderfully maintained landscaping offering treetop-views across Los Angeles. An electronic security gate opens up to a private driveway which leads to a brick-lined, motor-court. The outdoors also house a spa, a mosaic pool a koi pond, an orchid outhouse and a private waterfall. There is also a 'secret' bamboo jungle. The insides of the house are equally impressive. The living room is palatial with wood-beam ceilings and a massive wood-burning fireplace. The sitting and dining room offer views of the outside English-rose gardens and the pool-terrace. The kitchen has been made in the galley-style with all modern amenities and equipment. The master bath has been equipped with a spa tub.

Neighborhood: Bel Air has been home to numerous celebrities in the past and present. Nancy and Ronald Reagan lived here while Nicholas Cage, Heidi Klum and Renee Zellwegger are some of the celebrities currently housed.

The living hall

The living hall

Fireplace in the living hall

Fireplace in the living hall

The dining area

The dining area

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

The dressing table

The dressing table

Elegant swimming pool

Elegant swimming pool

Elizabeth Taylor Cause (4)

Elizabeth Taylor and million of supporters work for Dogs Deserve Better program

Dogs Deserve Better

Taylor used to raise lot of money for this charity. It is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to freeing the chained dogs and helping them to find a place in a family with respect and love. Their main aim is to liberate them through a combination of rescue, rehabilitation, education and fencing programs.

The actress founded this charity in 1991.

Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

The actress founded this charity in 1991. It is dedicated to provide critically needed support services for people suffering from HIV/AIDS. It also provides substantial funds for distribution to AIDS service organizations globally. Taylor’s legacy of humanitarian work continues to this day through the noble work of the “ETAF”.

The artist had donated a lot of funds to support the charity.

New Orleans AIDS Task Force

The artist had donated a lot of funds to support the charity. The NGO has been giving care, hope and compassion to thousands of families affected by HIV/AIDS for more than 29 years. The main mission of the organization is to offer best quality health-care facilities at low cost like HIV medical clinic, housing, mental health, food pantry and peer support.

Elizabeth had heavily campaigned for this charity.

Project Angel Food

Elizabeth had heavily campaigned for this charity. The foundation which has been in operation since 1989 delivers nutritious meals prepared with love and affection by volunteers and their own staff to the people suffering from serious illness like HIV/AIDS throughout Los Angeles county.

Elizabeth Taylor Collectibles (2)

Art Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

Art Collection

Three paintings once owned by Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor went under the hammer at an auction held by the world famous auction house Christie’s in New York at the beginning of 2012. Initially it was estimated that the sale of the three artworks would net a combined sum of £9 million but in the end all expectations were wildly exceeded and the end figure was a hugely impressive £14 million which provided further proof, if any was needed of the late actress’s inherent ability to appreciate fine art. One of the first paintings to be auctioned off was the iconic “Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy” by Dutch Impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh which managed to attract the highest bid of £10.2 million. However it was not clear who bought the classic since the anonymous buyer completed the transaction over the telephone. The 1889 painting was bought by Taylor’s father almost 50 years back for £92,000. It portrays the asylum where the legendary painter spent the final month of his life and occupied pride of place in the living room of Taylor’s Bel Air residence. The second painting to do under the hammer was a self-portrait of French artist Edgar Degas which attracted the final bid price of £715,000. The final artwork to be sold off was a large scale landscape titled “Pommiers a Eragny” composed by French Impressionist Pissarro which landed a final bid value of approximately £295,000.

Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy

Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy

Pommiers a Eragny

Pommiers a Eragny

Edgar Degas, stamped with the signature 'Degas'

Edgar Degas, stamped with the signature 'Degas'
Elizabeth Taylor's  Jewelry Collection

Jewelry Collection

Renowned auction house Christie’s auctioned off 269 items of jewelry belonging to the late Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor at the end of 2011. The process went on for four days and the final sum netted from the entire exercise was a record breaking $116 million. Two of the items included the iconic pearl necklace known as the 'La Peregrina',considered to be one of the most famous pearl’s in the globe and a diamond ring gifted to Taylor by one of her ex-husband’s, Hollywood megastar Richard Burton which sold for $11.8 million and $8.8 million respectively. Incidentally, the bid for the 'La Peregrina' necklace was the highest for a single item at the entire auction. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian paid $65,000 to acquire three jade and diamond bracelets which was worn by the late actress almost every day during the last phase of her life. A diamond tiara gifted to Taylor by one of her ex-husbands attracted the final bid value of $4.22 million. A ruby and diamond ring gifted by Richard Burton went under the hammer for $4.22 million and another sapphire and diamond necklace attracted $5.9 million. Some of the other items which managed to attract impressive bids were a Bvlgari emerald and diamond necklace and an emerald and diamond pendant brooch by the same designer which attracted a combined sale price in excess of $12 million. The Taj Mahal ruby and gold chain encrusted with a large diamond designed by Cartier went for almost $9 million.

The amazing diamond tiara

The amazing diamond tiara

Ruby and diamond ring by Van Cleef and Arpels

Ruby and diamond ring by Van Cleef and Arpels

La Peregrina, a natural pearl

La Peregrina, a natural pearl

Ruby and diamond necklace

Ruby and diamond necklace

The emerald and diamond necklace by Bvlgari

The emerald and diamond necklace by Bvlgari

Indian style jewel

Indian style jewel
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