"My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born," Elizabeth Taylor once said. "But when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked."
When Taylor passed away on March 23, she left behind a lasting legacy: A screen legend with two Oscars on her shelf... A passionate humanitarian with a heart of gold... And yet Liz will always be remembered for her many loves. The paparazzi followed her activities furiously and the public kept track of each husband—One, after another, after another: Hilton. Wilding. Todd. Fisher. Burton. Burton. Warner. Fortensky.
Why did Liz race to the altar time and time again? The Dame herself didn't know. According to The New York Times, when asked why she continued to become a perpetual bride, she just smiled and said, "I don't know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me."
Taylor tied the knot an unparalleled eight times. And despite enduring more than her fair share of turmoil and tragedy—a widow at 26, a struggle with poor health and a longtime battle with substance abuse—the hopeless romantic always tried to maintain a positive outlook on her one-and-only life.
"I've been through it all, baby," Liz said. "I'm Mother Courage." Here, a look back at her many loves.
Conrad Hilton, Jr. (1950-1951)
She married into the Hilton hotel dynasty when she wed Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr. in 1950, but all was not sunny in paradise. During their 14-week European honeymoon, things began to unravel. Hilton "became sullen, angry, abusive, physically and mentally," Taylor wrote in her autobiography, Elizabeth Takes Off. A bride at 18, she was still just 18 when she a became a divorcée.
Michael Wilding (1952-1957)
Michael Wilding, put a ring on it for the fourth time when he married Liz in 1952. While the Brit actor was 20 years her senior, Taylor said his cool, calm demeanor was just what she needed at the time. After five years of marriage and two children together, the pair split. Elizabeth Taylor Denies Impending Ninth Marriage
Michael Todd (1957-1958)
Taylor and Michael Todd weren't even married a year when he died in a 1958 plane crash. She was pregnant with his daughter, Liza, at the time. Taylor fell hard for the producer, who was equally smitten with her. "God, I loved him. My self-esteem, my image, everything soared under his exuberant, loving care," she wrote in her book. To confirm their love was mutual (and steamy), Michael once famously said, "Every minute this broad spends out of bed is a waste of time." He must have been a jokester... or not? [Salon]
Eddie Fisher (1959-1964)
Liz was widely criticized for her romance with Fisher, who was married to actress Debbie Reynolds when they met. Despite the scrutiny and home-wrecking allegations, she tied the knot in 1959, though wedded bliss came to a screeching halt when she met Richard Burton.