Link Roundup: The Passionate Life Of Elizabeth Taylor


A look at the Hollywood icon's legacy of love, work, and philanthropy.

If Elizabeth Taylor's life were to be summarized in one word, it would inevitably be "passion." The passionate love affairs she maintained throughout her life and the passion she held for her roles on the silver screen both translated into a series of complex relationships that spanned over half a century each. Taylor's work with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation was what she called her "passion and her obsession," one that she hoped to see through the discovery of a cure. Her love life was the role of a lifetime that she wrote herself—from her many marriages to her "furious love" with Richard Burton to the love she had for her children. A Look Back: Elizabeth Taylor's Love Life

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Elizabeth Taylor had sex appeal and a lifestyle made for the tabloids, but she was first and foremost a terrific actress. Taylor made her first debut at the age of 10. Her role in National Velvet at the age of 12 made her a star. She'd become one of the most famous women of her generation. [Life]

From her first teenage romance to her eight marriages with seven men, this photo gallery chronicles the road through Elizabeth Taylor's love life, punctuated by the films that captivated us and turned Taylor into a Hollywood heavy-hitter for well over half a century. [CNN]

Taylor's early love life was uniquely chronicled by her own hand in 66 letters that came across the desk of an autograph auctioneer. Her first love affair with William Pawley Jr. is recorded in heartbreaking detail by the woman who would eventually go on to have one of the most epic love lives in history. [Autograph Magazine]

Before Ben Affleck and J. Lo or Brad and Angelina or well, any modern Hollywood romance, there was Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The two actors fell in love when they were married to other people and eventually made their sexy, tumultuous love official... more than once. They married, divorced, remarried, and re-divorced. [Time]

Taylor once quipped, "Everything makes me nervous—except making films." Her beauty and acting talent made her a Hollywood legend. Taylor starred in more than 50 films in her lifetime and won Academy Awards for Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with then-husband Richard Burton. [The Washington Post]

Motherhood was one of Elizabeth Taylor's most important private roles. She's survived by four children—Christopher and Michael Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton—and nine grandchildren. [Life]

Elizabeth Taylor was a style icon known for bucking trends and embracing her own kind of glamour. She wore diamonds with just about everything, rocked furs and form-fitting lace into her seventies, and looked as elegant in a one-piece swimsuit as she did in a ballgown. [The Fashion Spot]

Taylor once declared, "It's bad enough that people are dying from AIDS, but no one should have to die from ignorance." She made it her mission to take the AIDS discussion into the public arena to educate people about how to prevent the sexually transmitted disease. Taylor also instigated massive research efforts on the disease and distributed more than $10 million to AIDS organizations worldwide. [UCLA AIDS Institute]

In her last published interview, the screen legend opened up to Kim Kardashian and Harper's Bazaar about her love affair with jewelry and her marriages to Richard Burton, and gave what could be the last great advice to ever roll off her tongue. Taylor mentioned "I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS. Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come."[Harper's Bazaar]

Elizabeth Taylor, the woman who epitomized Hollywood glamour in her screen presence and lifestyle alike, died this morning in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. She was 79. [The New York Times]

Photo via Vanity Fair


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