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Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), Actress

Sitter in 21 portraits
Born in London to American parents living in Britain, she made her film debut in 1942. Her career moved with increasing acclaim from roles as a child in films such as National Velvet (1944) and Little Women (1948) to parts in Tennessee Williams' adaptations like Suddenly Last Summer (1959). Taylor fell in love with Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra (1962) and married him in 1964. They appeared together in several films including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) for which she won a second Academy Award and The Taming of the Shrew (1967). Latterly she devoted her energies to raising fund for AIDS research. She was created a Dame in 1999.

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1946
NPG P254


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1946
NPG P490(74)


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1966
NPG P910


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Charles Adams
bromide print, 1950
NPG x88180


Dame Elizabeth Taylor; Conrad Hilton, Jr

for Planet News
bromide press print, June 1950
NPG x139883


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Norman Parkinson
C-type colour print, mid 1950s
NPG x34522


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1954
NPG x14216


Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, October 1963
NPG x137670


'Liz Taylor cuts Burton's hair'

for London Express News and Feature Services
bromide press print, March 1964
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x139881


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1971
NPG x40377


Richard Burton; Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1971
NPG x126133


David Bowie; Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Terry O'Neill
bromide print, 1975
NPG x88495


Dame Elizabeth Taylor; John Warner

by Terry O'Neill
bromide print, 1976
NPG x88496


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Norman Parkinson
C-type colour print on card mount, 1977
NPG x28805


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Peter Basch
vintage bromide print, 1955
NPG P786


Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Bert Stern
Iris print, 1962
NPG P787

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