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Elizabeth Taylor: A Hollywood Star Essay

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“I’ve been through it all, baby. I’m Mother Courage.” Elizabeth Taylor has been through the worst of it with her numerous marriages and illnesses, but she toughed it out and kept pushing forward. Her “I can conquer the world” attitude got her through all of the obstacles she faced. Elizabeth stayed in the spotlight from the time she was nine years old until the day she died. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was a true, old-fashioned Hollywood celebrity that overcame many hardships in her life.
Elizabeth Taylor, or Liz for short, was born February 27th, 1932 in Hampstead, London, England, UK to American parents, Sara Warmbrodt and Francis Taylor. In 1939, Elizabeth and her mother, Sara, left Hampstead and went to Los Angeles. Her father later joined them. Sara Warmbrodt, also known as Sara Sothern, was an actress on stage. So naturally, Liz was groomed to be an actress as well (Boman). A family friend suggested that Liz be taken for a screen test because of her striking beauty. She caught the eye of executives at Universal Pictures, and they signed her in 1941, but she was dropped after the first film. A year later, Elizabeth again captured the attention of another studio, and she was signed by MGM for a full year. By the age of twelve, Liz had become a leading child star (Jackson). When Liz was fourteen, she published a book titled Nibbles and Me. It was about her adventurous experiences with her pet chipmunk, Nibbles, whom she said she found on the set of one of her films. In 1947, Elizabeth appeared solo on the cover of Life magazine. On January 6th, 1950, Liz received her high school diploma from University High School in Los Angeles after she had attended school on the MGM lot. By the time Elizabeth was eighteen, she had a lot of accomplishment under her belt.
Elizabeth’s personal life became a public matter. Everyone knew who she was and everything about her. Paparazzi flocked to her and reported her every move (Boman). She was known for her violet eyes, pale skin, and most importantly, her multiple marriages. Liz was married eight times to seven different men. Her most known marriage was to the actor, Richard Burton. The two stars met on the set of a film they starred in together. Burton was instantly consumed by Elizabeth’s beauty, but she felt differently about him. She thought him to be rude and arrogant. The two were still married at the time. Elizabeth soon fell victim, like many women before, to Richard’s witty charm, and they began to have an affair on the set of the film they were in. The crew covered for them with their spouses numerous times (Monger). After a while, they allowed their relationship to become public, but the world was against their relationship because of the issues it had. After Liz and Richard’s spouses finally gave them divorces, they were married in 1964. The couple faced hate from the public and problems within their home, but they felt like they were truly made for one another. Ten years later, the two divorced....

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