Screen siren and film legend Elizabeth Taylor dies at the age of 79.
Turban Legend Elizabeth Taylor
Recently, we wrote an article about the comeback of the turban, made famous by screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. Sadly, Taylor died today at the age of 79. Although she wasn't known for texture in her hair, her love of turbans, headwraps and even headpieces still inspires us. Last year, she even planned to wear a $3 million jewel-encrusted turban for a ninth wedding, which never took place.
"My Mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days when I was born but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked." —Elizabeth Taylor
Young Taylor in "National Velvet."
Casual in a bikini top
Taylor on the beach
Gorgeous in gold
Violet Eyes, Stormy Life
What makes a legend a legend? I asked a friend this recently, and he replied, "Someone whose notoriety outshines their talent." While Elizabeth Taylor was brimming with talent, she was, indeed, legendary.
Today Taylor, one of Hollywood's most iconic actresses of the of all time, passed away at the age of 79. Famous not only for her acting but also for her violet eyes, sexy siren looks and numerous marriages, the London-born Taylor moved to Hollywood with her family at a young age. A family friend noticed her striking looks and suggested her for a screen test. Universal Pictures was so impressed by the young beauty that they signed her to a contract. Taylor appeared in her first movie, "There's One Born Every Minute," in 1942 at the tender age of 10.
Taylor became famous as a child actress for her portrayal as Velvet in the film classic, "National Velvet," released in 1944 opposite Mickey Rooney. Taylor earned accolades with film after distinguished film. Nominated for four Academy Awards, her legendary films include the 1956 classic "Giant," co-starring James Dean, and 1958's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," co-starring Paul Newman. Taylor received her first Oscar for her portrayal as call girl Gloria in "Butterfield 8" in 1960. Her other films include the 1963 epic, "Cleopatra," where she met her future fifth (and sixth) husband, Richard Burton. Taylor and Burton would later marry and divorce twice. The year 1966 would bring Taylor her second Oscar win for her brilliant portrayal as a drunken, bitter, bawdy wife in the ensemble film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"