British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor (popular as Liz Taylor) has been enlisted in Forbes’ annual list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities with an estimated $210 million earning in 2011. She died the same year on 23rd March due to congestive heart failure. Her best-selling perfume, White Diamonds alone made $75 million.
Taylor was one of the most notable screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age and was best known for her beautiful violet eyes, sophisticated lifestyle, and her on and off-screen personae. She received several awards for her contribution including the Legion of Honour, the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. She was also made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire 2000.
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England to American parents. Her father was an art dealer from St. Louis, Missouri and her mother was a former actress. She left London with her family at the age of seven and resided in Los Angeles. She was strikingly beautiful and intelligent and signed her first contract on the very first screen test. In 1942, Taylor appeared in a motion picture titled ‘There’s One Born Every Minute’ when she was nine. Later, she was promoted by MGM and she got her bigger role in Lassie Come Home in 1943 and later The White Cliffs of Dover in 1944. She became popular as a talented actress in 1954 with three movies The Last Time I Saw Paris, Rhapsody, and Elephant Walk. Some of her famous movies are National Velvet in 1944, which was her first tremendous success; Father of the Bride in 1950; A Place in the Sun in 1951, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1958; and Suddenly, Last Summer in 1959; Butterfield 8 in 1960 for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress; Cleopatra in 1963; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966, for which she once again received second Academy Award. Until 2003, she remained active in different theaters and TV serials.
She suffered from several life-threatening diseases and died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. She was a generous philanthropist and humanitarian. In 1991 she founded the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation and by 1999, she had successfully assisted to raise an approximately $50 million to fight the disease. In 1992, she was honored with a special Academy Award ‘the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award’ for her HIV/AIDS humanitarian work.
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