Beginning as a child star, as an adult she came to be known for her acting talent and beauty, and had a much publicised private life, including eight marriages and several near-death experiences. Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age.
She was a Hollywood original to the end.
Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest Thursday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., in a small, private funeral attended by friends and family that began 15 minutes after schedule – under instructions she left.
She even wanted to be late for her own funeral, a family rep said in a statement.
She was taught how to look and to speak and to walk and to stand and to breathe. But through it all, she learned about power: who had it, how to get it, how to keep it. When Louis B. Mayer once swore at Elizabeth's mother in a fit of rage, eleven- year-old Elizabeth shouted back, "You and your studio can go to hell!" She refused to apologize, and —amazingly—Mayer didn't fire her on the spot.
Truly, at that moment, a diva was born.
"FURIOUS LOVE" 'Furious Love' Recounts Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton Romance
As Richard Burton recounts when he first laid eyes upon her
"Three big movies; drinking with Bogie; flirting with Garbo . . ."
He recalled, I was enjoying this small social triumph, but then a
girl sitting on the other side of the pool lowered her book, took
off her sunglasses and looked at me.
She was so extraordinarily beautiful that I nearly laughed out loud, she was unquestioningly gorgeous. . . She was lavish. She was a dark unyielding largess.
She was, in short,too bloody much, and not only that, she was totally ignoring me.
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)