“She’s the last of the great stars of the silver screen. She was like a goddess who prowled her way through the Forties, Fifties, Sixties and into the Seventies and, although her box-office stature had waned, She had an allure that held a strange sway over us,”–UK commentator Baz Bamigboye remembering Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Photo caption 1 - Stars: Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton as Martha and George in the film Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. Of her eight marriages, she was wed to him twice. ‘She should be Welsh but she wasn’t born here. But it’s as if I bred her in my Welsh bones,’ he once said.
Photo caption 2 - Short-lived romance: In 1950, aged 18, she married Nicky Hilton, a deceptively charming young man whose father, Conrad, founded the Hilton hotel-chain. Nicky was an abusive drunk who battered his young bride so brutally, she lost the baby she was carrying.
Photo caption 2 - Glamorous: Elizabeth Taylor arrives with second husband Michael Wilding in London in 1953. They had two children together but the marriage was over within five years.
Photo caption 3 - Much married: Taylor arrives at London Airport with her fourth husband, singer Eddie Fisher, and her sons Michael, six, and Christopher, four, children of her former marriage to Michael Wilding
Photo caption 3 - Elizabeth Taylor with third husband, showbusiness impresario Mike Todd. They had one child together but tragedy struck when he died in a plane crash in 1958. She was consoled by singer Eddie Fisher, who would become her next husband.
Photo caption 4 - Style switch: Elizabeth Taylor went through a series of image changes following her marriage to eighth husband, builder Larry Fortensky in 1991. But she wasn’t accustomed to men like him. As sweet as he was he couldn’t adjust to her world and she couldn’t adjust to his.