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Friday, February 27, 2015

83 Groovy Things about Elizabeth Taylor

Today would have been the 83rd birthday of actress Elizabeth Taylor, who left us in 2011 at age 79. So to celebrate the life and career of this lovely and talented lady, here are a "few" groovy things about her:

1. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932, in London, England, making her a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States (she was born British through her birth on British soil and an American citizen through her parents). Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1939.

2. She made her film debut at the age of nine in the 1942 comedy, There's One Born Every Minute.

3. She began a lifelong friendship with actor Roddy McDowall after they appeared together in the 1943 film, Lassie Come Home.  She made a second "Lassie" film in 1946 called Courage of Lassie.

4. She became a star at age 12 after her performance as "Velvet Brown" in the 1944 film, National Velvet, but during filming, she fell off a horse, which caused many of her back problems later in life.

5. She appeared in the 1947 comedy, Life with Father, which starred William Powell and Irene Dunne.

6. She played bad girl Carol Pringle in the 1948 musical, A Date with Judy, which also starred Jane Powell and Carmen Miranda.

7. She played Greer Garson's daughter in the 1948 romantic comedy, Julia Misbehaves, and received her first onscreen kiss from Peter Lawford.

8. She played her last adolescent role as "Amy March" in the 1949 film, Little Women, which also starred June Allyson, Peter Lawford and Mary Astor (as her mother).

9. On August 22, 1949, she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, which called her "a jewel of great price, a true star sapphire".

10. In her first adult role, she played a debutante who unknowingly marries a communist spy in the 1949 British thriller, Conspirator.

11. On May 6, 1950, she married her first husband, hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, but their marriage ended in divorce in January 1951. She went on to marry seven more times to six husbands - Michael Wilding (1952-57), Mike Todd (1957-58), Eddie Fisher (1959-64), Richard Burton (1964-74, 75-76), Senator John Warner (76-82) and Larry Fortensky (1991-96).

12. She played Spencer Tracy's daughter in the 1950 hit comedy, Father of the Bride, and the 1951 sequel, Father's Little Dividend.

13. She starred in the 1951 drama, A Place in the Sun, with Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters.

14. In 1953, she played The Girl Who Had Everything, which also starred Fernando Lamas and William Powell.

15. She starred in the 1954 romantic drama, Rhapsody, with Vittorio Gassman and John Ericson.

16. She starred in the 1954 film, Elephant Walk, with Dana Andrews and Peter Finch.

17. She was the Mystery Guest on the game show, What's My Line?, on November 14, 1954.

18. She was reunited with Van Johnson in the 1954 romantic drama, The Last Time I Saw Paris. They previously starred together in the 1950 comedy, The Big Hangover.

19. She starred opposite Rock Hudson and James Dean in the 1956 epic drama, Giant.

20. She and her third husband, Mike Todd, were interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on his CBS series, Person to Person, on April 5, 1957. Todd died in a plane crash in March 1958.

21. She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1957 film, Raintree County.

22. She received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance as "Maggie the Cat" in the 1958 drama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

23. She received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the 1959 film, Suddenly, Last Summer. She also received her third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

24. She received her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1960 drama, BUtterfield 8.

25. She began a romance with her married co-star Richard Burton while filming the 1963 epic historical drama, Cleopatra. After divorcing her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher, she married Burton on March 15, 1964.

26. She played Richard Burton's actress wife in the 1963 British drama, The V.I.P.s.

27. She starred in her first television special, Elizabeth Taylor in London, which aired on CBS on October 6, 1963.

28. She made her stage debut (with husband Richard Burton) in World Enough and Time, a benefit for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York. This evening of prose and poetry was held at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on June 22, 1964, where Burton was appearing onstage in Hamlet.

29. She starred opposite Richard Burton in the 1965 film, The Sandpiper.

30. She and Richard Burton were guests on the first episode of the NBC variety series, The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show, on January 7, 1966.

31. In early 1966, she had a brief, silent walk-on as Helen of Troy in Richard Burton's production of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, which ran for nine performances at the Oxford University Dramatic Society. The couple agreed to do the play without pay in order to raise money for the Oxford University Theatre Appeal Fund. She later reprised her role in the 1967 film version of Doctor Faustus, which was directed by Burton.

32. She received her second Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Martha in the 1966 film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

33. She and Richard Burton co-starred in two 1967 films - The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedians.

34. She played Marlon Brando's wife in the 1967 film, Reflections in a Golden Eye.

35. She appeared on stage during a UNICEF gala in Paris on December 15, 1967.

36. She starred opposite Richard Burton in the 1968 British drama, Boom!

37. She starred opposite Mia Farrow in the 1968 film, Secret Ceremony.

38. She starred opposite Warren Beatty in the 1970 drama, The Only Game in Town.

39. She and Richard Burton played themselves in an episode of the CBS sitcom, Here's Lucy, on September 14, 1970.

40. She and Richard Burton were interviewed on CBS's 60 Minutes on her mother's patio in 1970.

41. She played Michael Caine's wife in the 1972 British film, Zee and Co. (also known as X, Y and Zee).

42. She starred in the 1972 British film, Under Milk Wood, with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole.

43. She starred in the 1972 comedy, Hammersmith Is Out, with Richard Burton and Beau Bridges.

44. She and Richard Burton played a married couple in the two-part ABC Movie of the Week, Divorce His, Divorce Hers, on February 6-7, 1973. Her marriage to Burton ended in June 1974, but they remarried in October 1975 before divorcing again in July 1976.

45. She played Laurence Harvey's wife in the 1973 British thriller, Night Watch.

46. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance in the 1973 drama, Ash Wednesday.

47. She starred in the 1976 film, The Blue Bird, with Jane Fonda and Ava Gardner.

48. She and her sixth husband, Senator John Warner, a Republican from Virginia, were interviewed on The Barbara Walters Special on April 6, 1977. Their marriage ended in divorce in November 1982.

49. She played Desiree Armfeldt in the 1977 film adaptation of the Sondheim musical, A Little Night Music.

50. Her interview on Dinah! - which was a filmed telephone call between her and Dinah Shore - aired on November 16-17, 1977.

51. She starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, Return Engagement, on November 17, 1978.

52. She made an uncredited cameo as a Washington madam in the 1979 film, Winter Kills, starring Jeff Bridges.

53. She played Rock Hudson's movie star wife in the 1980 British mystery, The Mirror Crack'd, based on an Agatha Christie novel.

54. She received a 1981 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in a revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, which had a pre-Broadway tour in Fort Lauderdale and Washington.

55. She originated the role of Helena Cassadine in five episodes of her favorite daytime soap opera, General Hospital, in November 1981.

56. She appeared with Glenn Ford, Anthony Geary and Richard Burton on Bob Hope's Star-Studded Spoof of the New TV Season - G Rated - With Glamour, Glitter and Gags on October 3, 1982.

57. She and her ex-husband, Richard Burton, played a divorced couple in the Broadway revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives, which opened on May 8, 1983, and ran for 63 performances.

58. She starred opposite Carol Burnett in the HBO film, Between Friends, which aired on September 11, 1983.

59. She surprised her recent Between Friends co-star, Carol Burnett, when she made a cameo appearance in the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children, on June 4, 1984.

60. She checked in as a guest star in an episode of the ABC drama, Hotel, on September 26, 1984.

61. She received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 42nd Golden Globe Awards on January 27, 1985.

62. She and Jane Alexander played Hollywood gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper in the CBS movie, Malice in Wonderland, which aired on May 12, 1985.

63. She played a bordello proprietor in the 1985 ABC miniseries, North and South.

64. She starred opposite Robert Wagner in the TV movie, There Must Be a Pony, on October 6, 1986.

65. She played the title role of a poker player extraordinaire in the TV movie, Poker Alice, on May 22, 1987.

66. She played an opera diva in the 1988 film, Young Toscanini.

67. She launched her House of Taylor fragrance line in 1988 with Passion, followed by Passion for Men in 1989 and White Diamonds in 1991 (which is still one of the top-selling celebrity fragrances of all time).

68. She was interviewed by Mavis Nicholson on Mavis On Four on October 2, 1988 (her 1988 book, Elizabeth Takes Off: On Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Self-Image and Self-Esteem, is mentioned).

69. She starred opposite Mark Harmon in the TV movie, Sweet Bird of Youth, on October 1, 1989.

70. She made her one and only appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on February 21, 1992.

71. She made her second appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on March 4, 1992 (her first appearance was in February 1988 - and the 1993 date on the video is incorrect).

72. She was a guest on the first episode of the syndicated talk show, The Whoopi Goldberg Show, on September 14, 1992.

73. She played the mother of a high school basketball player with AIDS (Neil Patrick Harris) in an episode of the animated TBS series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which aired on November 21, 1992.

74. She appeared twice on the Fox animated series, The Simpsons - uttering the first word of Maggie Simpson ("Daddy") on December 3, 1992, and playing herself on May 13, 1993.

75. On March 29, 1993, Angela Lansbury presented her with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her HIV/AIDS humanitarian work during the 65th Academy Awards. Taylor organized and hosted the first AIDS fundraiser in 1984, and she later co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985 and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

76. In her final theatrical film appearance, she played Wilma's mother in the 1994 comedy, The Flintstones.

77. In honour of the release of her latest perfume, Black Pearls, she made crossover appearances as herself on four CBS sitcoms - The Nanny, Can’t Hurry Love, Murphy Brown and High Society - on February 26, 1996. The evening was known as "Liz Night" or "Taylor Made Monday".

78. She was interviewed by Barbara Walters on 20/20 on February 14, 1997.

79. She and Julie Andrews were each made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve 1999.

80. She accepted the Vanguard Award from Carrie Fisher at the 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 2, 2000.

81. In her final film role, she played a Hollywood agent in the TV film, These Old Broads, which aired on February 12, 2001.

82. She became a Kennedy Center Honoree on December 8, 2002 (and the television special aired on December 27, 2002).

83. On December 1, 2007, she appeared opposite James Earl Jones in a benefit performance of the A.R. Gurney play, Love Letters, which was staged at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood with the goal of raising $1 million for her AIDS foundation.

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