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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor
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Sid Avery, 12 Oct 1918 - 1 Jul 2002
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, 27 Feb 1932 - 23 Mar 2011
Gelatin silver print
Image: 28.8 x 22.7 cm (11 5/16 x 8 15/16")
Sheet: 35.3 x 27.6 cm (13 7/8 x 10 7/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ron and Donna Avery
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© 1978 Sid Avery
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Born London, England
Few child actors have made the transition to adult roles as successfully as Elizabeth Taylor.
Just twelve years old when she enchanted audiences as the star of National Velvet (1944), Taylor progressed rapidly through juvenile parts and made her grown-up debut as Spencer Tracy's daughter in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950). Taylor's increasingly mature roles in A Place in the Sun (1951) and Giant (1955) showcased her dramatic range while underscoring her sensual appeal. At the zenith of her film career, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, she excelled in portraying emotionally troubled women and twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress-in Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). With time, the melodramas that played out in Taylor's personal life came to rival her performances on screen, until her achievements as a dramatic actress were largely overshadowed by the magnitude of her celebrity.
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