Elizabeth Taylor grew from a precocious child star until she became one of the world's most famous movie stars.
A publicity magnet, she appeared eleven times on the cover of Life Magazine. “Success is a great deodorant.”
She received five Best Actresses nominations and two Oscars. “If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down.”
She was married eight times to seven different husbands. “I’ve only slept with men I’ve been married to. How many women can make that claim?”
At one point during her life-threatening illness – pneumonia - while filming Butterfield 8 (1960), she was pronounced dead. Richard Burton believed she suffered from becoming too famous too early in her life – and that it lead her to befriend others who experienced the difficulties brought on by early fame. “I haven't read any of the autobiographies about me.”
“It is very strange that the years teach us patience - that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.”
When I was twelve, I saw a re-run of Jane Eyre on TV. I identified with that movie totally! I started reading the book the next day.