The Eternal Bride: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

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“When people say, ‘She’s got everything’, I’ve got one answer – I haven’t had tomorrow.” Elizabeth Burton

Wedding bells were silenced yesterday when legendary bride and silver screen siren, Elizabeth Taylor, passed away after a lengthy battle to congestive heart failure.  Renowned equally for her mesmerizing beauty, cinematic sass and activism as she was for her incredibly turbulent love life, Ms. Taylor’s passing without avail ended the life of one of America’s most iconic legends. 

A two-time Academy Award winner and the golden goose for Hollywood’s Golden Age, the incomparable, violet eyed actress made her way onto the scene as an adolescent, starring in films such as Lassie Come Home (1943) and Jane Eyre (1944).  But unlike other child actors of her time, Ms. Taylor transitioned breezily into adults roles and created an unmistakable name for herself with a poise and power unmatched by any of her peers.

Taylor & Burton in "Cleopatra" (courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

She dominated the silver screen for well over six decades, and with key roles in movies like Father of the Bride (1950), Raintree County, Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), she became the go-to girl for Hollywood’s hottest roles… and men.   

Most infamously connected to her 20th Century Fox Cleopatra star, Richard Burton, whom she married twice, the illustrious Elizabeth just couldn’t help herself in vying for her happily ever after… which is one of the reasons I revere her so much – a person who never gives up on love is a person worthy of greatness – no doubt.  Never giving up, Taylor wanted her happily ever after to end in nuptial bliss – marrying eight times!  Below is an except from Wikipedia time lining all her marriages: 

  • Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) The marriage was unhappy and ended in divorce after nine months.[4]
  • Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957) Wilding was 20 years older than Taylor.[4]
  • Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958) Todd’s death ended Taylor’s only marriage to not result in divorce. She later called Todd one of the two loves of her life, with Burton.[4]
  • Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964) Todd’s best friend, Fisher, consoled Todd’s widow, Taylor, after his death. They began an affair while Fisher was still married to Debbie Reynolds, causing a scandal.[4]
  • Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) The press closely followed Burton and Taylor’s relationship before, during, and after their 10 years of marriage, due to great public interest in “the most famous film star in the world and the man many believed to be the finest classical actor of his generation.” Taylor hoped to focus on her marriage over her career, and gained weight in an unsuccessful attempt to not receive film roles.[4]
  • Richard Burton (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976) Sixteen months after divorcing they remarried in a traditional house in Botswana, but soon separated and re-divorced in 1976. Burton once disagreed with others about Taylor’s famed beauty, saying that calling her “the most beautiful woman in the world is absolute nonsense. She has wonderful eyes, but she has a double chin and an overdeveloped chest, and she’s rather short in the leg.”[4] On another occasion, however, he praised her lavishly, stating that, “She was unquestionably gorgeous. I can think of no other word to describe a combination of plentitude, frugality, abundance, tightness. She was lavish. She was a dark unyielding largesse. She was, in short, too bloody much.”
  • John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982) As with Burton, Taylor sought to be known as the wife of her husband, a United States Senator from Virginia. Unhappy with her life in Washington, however, Taylor became depressed and entered the Betty Ford Clinic.[4]
  • Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996) Taylor and Fortensky met during another stay at the Betty Ford Clinic and were married at the Neverland Ranch.[4] (

An icon to movie star good looks, an advocate for AIDS and a beautiful bride over and over again, I think it goes without saying that Elizabeth Taylor will be greatly missed as much as a film star as a legendary beauty.  Rest in peace, Ms. Taylor and cheers to finally finding your “happily ever after.”