Dame Elizabeth Taylor was an English-American actress and humanitarian who made an indelible mark on the entertainment industry and philanthropy throughout her illustrious career. Born in London in 1932, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was just seven years old. She quickly caught the attention of talent scouts and made her film debut at the age of ten in There’s One Born Every Minute.
Taylor rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s, starring in iconic films such as National Velvet, Giant, and Cleopatra. She won two Academy Awards for her performances in Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and was widely recognized for her striking beauty, violet eyes, and tumultuous personal life.
Despite her fame, Taylor was also known for her philanthropic work, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS. She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991, which has since raised over $270 million to support those affected by the disease. Taylor’s advocacy work was recognized and she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor passed away in 2011 at the age of 79, but her legacy as both an actress and a humanitarian continues to inspire and impact people around the world.