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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor


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Also Known As: Died: March 23, 2011
Born: February 27, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


She is called 'Elizabeth' by her friends, NEVER 'Liz'.

"The more, the better, has always been my motto."---Elizabeth Taylor quoted in TV Guide, June 4, 1994.

"I'm a dedicated amateur."---Elizabeth Taylor on her acting career.

Made a Dame of the British Empire in December 1999.

Named Commander Arts and Letters by French government in 1985.

Received French Legion of Honor in 1987.

Recipient of Aristotle S. Onassis Foundation Award in 1988 for her AIDS work.

Taylor's box-office record during her peak years is impressive. She placed 2nd in 1958, 4th in 1960, 1st in 1961 (dethroning for one year only the reigning queen of the first half of the 1960s, Doris Day), 6th in 1962 and 1963, 9th in 1965, 3rd in 1966, 6th in 1967 and 10th in 1968.

Taylor underwent replacement surgery on both hips in 1995.

In 1997, Taylor underwent surgery for a benign brain tumor.

Taylor fell in her home on February 27, 1998 (her 66th birthday) and suffered a compression fracture in her lower back.

She re-injured her back in another fall in her home in August 1999.

"I always felt that [Taylor] lived, not in the real world, but in an MGM world. She can't just have an illness. She has to be Camille on her deathbed. We don't live in the same world. Not long ago we were on the same plane. I was in business class, she was in first class with an entourage, so I thought it best not to go through those curtains. Afterwards I was told she'd complained that 'she never comes to say hello to me.' The way she phrased that says a lot. She expected me to pay homage to her."---Carroll Baker, Taylor's co-star in "Giant" told the London Times, June 26, 2000.

Taylor was awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal in January 2001 on behalf of her humanitarian work.

"I got very tongue-tied meeting Elizabeth Taylor. I'm a huge fan. I met Elizabeth with Hugh when she invited us around once for a holiday celebration. I became the village idiot, very shy and gauche, but she was absolutely charming."---Elizabeth Hurly

Elizabeth Taylor underwent radiation therapy in June 2002 to treat basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.

November 2004, Elizabeth Taylor was diagnosed with congestive heart failure

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