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.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Eve Arnold
bromide print, 1963
by Bob Penn
R-type colour print, 1967
by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1968
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