"The combination of their beauty was staggering. Elizabeth was hypnotically beautiful – almost embarrassingly so. She was a perfect, voluptuous little doll. And those great violet eyes fringed by double lashes. But there was an enigmatic power and magnetism behind her looks which gave her beauty – and his – a sultry depth. One could see her as a goddess, mother, seductress, wife. One could see him as prince, saint, and madman." -Diana Lynn



Elizabeth’s beauty doesn’t come from the shape of her face or nose or mouth of even those magnificent eyes, it comes from an inner strength and energy that very few people are blessed with. Also, a goodness and kindness that very few people are privileged or bother to see in her. They see the facade but not the remarkable woman inside. I’ve known her since she was just a teenager, and I really haven’t seen much change in the person herself except a growth in character. But she had always been the same person—true and real—and like all great beauties she becomes more so as she ages. She has had many battles to fight in her life and has won them with dignity and humanity. I admire her, and especially love her, because of her great love for animals and Michael Jackson. ― Ava Gardner

mccarobt asked: Hello! I'm trying to find the source for this quote ("she looked, in the words of the critic Richard Roud, dipping back into his high-school lexicon, ‘like a girl who would really put out and I mean really put out’.”) I've been searching at length and it seems that your page might have been the first to use it. Any help would be appreciated. Best Regards - Bob

Hi! :)

I found that quote from the novel Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor by Brenda Maddox. I can’t remember the exact page number, but the book’s chapters go in chronological order with her life- and that picture was taken when she was sixteen or seventeen, so it’d have to be around Chapter Four?

- Tony | phoebe-tonkin



Elizabeth Taylor getting her hair washed on the set of Ivanhoe, c. late 1951.



Elizabeth Taylor reacts to winning the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 34th Annual Academy Awards, 1961.


"I have often have wondered what kind of a person I would be today if I did not have these enormous guilts — if everything had gone easily and I had not made such horrific mistakes. I think I would have been the most awful, pontifical goody two shoes. I was really so smug, so sweet, so good, so spoiled — so intolerant of anybody else’s downfall. But tragedy, mistakes, and shame for your mistakes cannot leave you untouched. All the superficial things that one gave so much value to before — money, luxury, indulging in whims — calamity makes them seem so incidental. I swear to God I’d be just as happy living with Richard and the kids in a shack. And I treat the happiness I have now with great respect, great appreciation, because I know how fragile and precarious it is — how easily it can go."

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)



"For her seventeenth birthday in 1949, she was exhibited by Life as an icon of sexual opulence. In a seated portrait by Philippe Halson, she stares out from the page, vacant and voluptuous, her heavy breasts, three quarters bare, supported by a dull satin gown the color of melted money. While she was still earning titles like Miss Junior America, she looked, in the words of the critic Richard Roud, dipping back into his high-school lexicon, ‘like a girl who would really put out and I mean really put out’.”



I believe in life, and I’ll fight for it.” -Elizabeth Taylor



"At first, we were very leery of each other. To him, I was just another Hollywood star, all bosom and no brains. To me, he was a would-be intellectual New York Method actor. We were not prepared to dig each other at all, but after a while we found we were just two human beings and became friends." -Elizabeth Taylor



"When Elizabeth walked on set of A Place In the Sun wearing the white strapless evening gown, Montgomery Clift whispered in her ear, ‘Your tits are fantastic, Bessie Mae, just fantastic.’ Then he teased her, saying if he weren’t such an old man he’d make her run away with him. It was obvious to everyone that Elizabeth was arousing the bisexual Clift in a way no other woman ever had. She flirted with him and teased him and spent as many hours with him as she could, but there was no sex between them during that time at all. Instead, they laid the foundation for a complicated, intensely close relationship that would develop through letters and telephone calls after the movie was completed and they went their separate ways. It was to last until the day Montgomery Clift died."