Elizabeth Taylor: The Life of a Screen Legend

From her movie roles to her many marriages, see the dearly departed star's headline-making moments (18 Photos)

Donna Kaufman on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:09PM

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Elizabeth Taylor: The Life of a Screen Legend

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A Very Special Child

Right from the start, Elizabeth Taylor was unusual. Born in a London hospital in 1932, the doctors gave her parents news that their baby had a rare mutation. Her actress mother was relieved when the doctors explained that Elizabeth had simply been born with double rows of eyelashes. Those stunning eyelashes, and the unusual violet-blue eyes they framed, would one day seal Elizabeth’s reputation as the most beautiful woman in the world. As a child, Elizabeth (pictured at age 7) lived in luxury in England. When anticipation of World War II caused her family to flee to America, they settled in Southern California -- with the hope that Hollywood would fall in love with eight-year-old Elizabeth. They didn’t have to wait for long.

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