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Elizabeth Taylor Timeline

Feb. 27, 1932
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is born in Hamstead, London, England to Americans Francis Lenn Taylor and Sara Viola Warmbrodt.
1942
Makes her screen debut at the age of ten in There's One Born Every Minute.
1943
Appears in Lassie Come Home, her first film with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
1944
Stars in National Velvet with Mickey Rooney and becomes a major child star.
1946
At the age of 14, publishes a memoir about her adventures with her pet chipmunk Nibbles, entitled Nibbles and Me. The book also includes Taylor's own illustratons.
July 14, 1947
Appears on the cover of Life magazine.
Jan. 16, 1950
Receives her high school diploma from University High School in Los Angeles after attending school on the MGM lot.
May 6, 1950
At the age of 18, marries hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (Nicky and Paris Hilton are his grandnieces).
1949
Meets Montgomery Clift when the studio forces her to accompany him to the premiere of The Heiress. The two become lifelong friends.
1951
Stars in A Place in the Sun with Montgomery Clift.
Jan. 29, 1951
Divorces Nicky Hilton.
Feb. 21, 1952
Marries actor Michael Wilding.
1952
Stars in Ivanhoe.
1952
Stars in Love is Better Than Ever.
Jan 6, 1953
Gives birth to son Michael Howard Wilding.
1953
Stars in The Girl Who Had Everything.
1954
Stars in The Last Time I Saw Paris.
Feb. 27, 1955
Gives birth to second son Christopher Edward Wilding.
1956
Stars in Giant with Rock Hudson and James Dean.
1956
After leaving a party at Taylor's house in Beverly Hills, Montgomery Clift falls asleep at the wheel and crashes his car into a telephone pole. Taylor is the first on the scene and saves him from choking by pulling two loose teeth from his throat. Though he survives, Clift's face must be reconstructed and he never plays a romantic lead again.
Jan. 26, 1957
Divorces Michael Wilding.
Feb. 2, 1957
Marries producer Mike Todd.
Aug. 6, 1957
Gives birth to daughter Elizabeth Frances Todd.
1957
Raintree County is released, starring Taylor and Montgomery Clift. The film was being shot when Clift had his car accident. He finished filming after his face had been reconstructed. People flock to the theater to compare the "before and after" scenes of his face. Taylor is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.
March 22, 1958
Mike Todd dies in a plane crash. The plane is called "Lucky Liz."
1958
Stars in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman. She is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.
May 12, 1959
Marries singer Eddie Fisher. Fisher was still married to Debbie Reynolds when the relationship began and the relationship causes a huge scandal. When asked about the relationship in an interview, Taylor quipped: "What do you expect me to do? Sleep alone?"
1959
Stars in Suddenly, Last Summer with Katharine Hepburn. She is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.
1960
Stars in Butterfield 8 with husband Eddie Fisher. The film is based on the novel by John O'Hara. Taylor hates the movie and tells reporters: "I hate the girl I play." Nonetheless, the film is a huge success, prompting Taylor to quip: "I still say it stinks."
1961
She accepts $1,000,000 to play the lead in Cleopatra opposite Richard Burton. This makes her the highest paid actress of the time. During filming, she suffers a life-threatening case of pneumonia and undergoes a tracheotomy.
1961
Wins the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Butterfield 8. Though most critics praised her performance, many people believe it to be a sympathy win because of her recent brush with death. Nominee Shirley MacLaine joked: "I lost to a tracheotomy!" Taylor herself later said: "Any of my three previous nominations were more deserving. I knew it was a sympathy award, but I was still proud to get it."
1963
Cleopatra is released. Taylor later says the film was "surely the most bizarre piece of entertainment ever to be perpetrated."
March 6, 1964
Divorces Eddie Fisher.
1964
She and Fisher begin the process of adopting a daughter, Maria.
March 15, 1964
Marries Richard Burton.
1964
After Taylor marries Burton, Maria is adopted by Burton and takes his last name.
1966
Stars in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with husband Richard Burton and Sandy Dennis. Taylor wins the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role. Dennis wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
1969
Richard Burton gives her the 69-carat Burton-Cartier Diamond. It is renamed the Burton-Taylor Diamond.
June 26, 1974
Divorces Richard Burton.
Oct. 10, 1975
Re-marries Richard Burton.
July 29, 1976
Divorces Richard Burton for the second time.
Dec. 4, 1976
Marries Republican senator John Warner.
1981
Appears on Broadway in The Little Foxes. She is nominated for a Tony Award for her role.
Nov. 7. 1982
Divorces John Warner. She later says about the experience of being married to a politician: "It was one of the most boring experiences I've ever had. You are told what to think, when to say what you're supposed to think, and you have no opinions of your own, supposedly ... Having been very verbal all my life and independent - even before it was fashionable - I found it soooh difficult to keep my mouth shut."
1983
Appears with former husband Richard Burton in a stage production of Private Lives.
1983
Checks herself into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome her alcohol and painkiller addiction. She is the first actor to do so publicly.
1985
Close friend Rock Hudson dies of AIDS. Taylor helps launch the American Foundaton for AIDS Research (AmFAR).
1987
Releases her first perfume, Passion.
1988
Checks into Betty Ford for a second time. While there, she meets construction worker Larry Fortensky, himself an alcoholic.
1991
Releases the perfume, White Diamonds.
Oct. 6, 1991
Marries Larry Fortensky at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
1992
Receives the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
1993
Creates the Elizabeth Taylor Foundation for AIDS.
1993
Receives the AFI Life Achievement Award.
1994
Makes a cameo appearance as Fred's mother-in-law in the film, The Flintstones.
1995
Sherilyn Fenn portrays her in a miniseries about her life, Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story, airs on NBC. Taylor had unsuccessfully tried to block it from being made.
1995
Releases several perfumes: Diamonds and Rubies, Diamonds and Emeralds, Diamonds and Sapphires, and Black Pearls.
Oct. 31, 1996
Divorces Larry Fortensky.
Feb. 1997
Enters the hospital to have a benign brain tumor removed.
1997
Tells Life magazine: "I get ill because I live too hard, I give too much — out of a lust for life. I never back away. I relish life and face it dead-on."
Dec. 31, 1999
Queen Elizabeth II names Taylor a Dame of the British Empire at the Millenium New Year's Honours List.
2001
Causes tongues to wag when she appears disoriented when she presents at the Golden Globe Awards.
2001
Stars in the tv movie, These Old Broads, with former rival and now-friend Debbie Reynolds and Shirley MacLaine. The script was written by Carrie Fisher, daughter of Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
2002
Receives the John F. Kennedy Center Honors.
Sept. 30, 2002
Publishes a book, My Love Affair with Jewelry.
Nov. 2004
Taylor announces that she has congestive heart failure.
2005
Taylor expresses public support for her friend Michael Jackson during his trial in California on child molestation charges.
June 2005
Her beloved dog Sugar dies. She had previously said of the dog: "I've never loved a dog like this in my life. It's amazing. Sometimes I think there's a person in there. There's something to say for this kind of love - it's unconditional."
Sept. 2005
She purchases a descendant of Sugar and names it Daisy.
November 10, 2005
Taylor receives the Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in International Entertainment.






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