June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Little Women, 1949
Elizabeth Taylor in England, 1937
Elizabeth Taylor dining at the Cannes Film Festival, photographed by William Lovelace, 1957.
You know how it is when you love somebody terribly but you can’t describe why? That’s how I love Bessie Mae.
-Montgomery Clift on Elizabeth Taylor
"Barely a teenager, Elizabeth Taylor was already more beautiful and voluptuous than Miss America. When she arrived at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for our magazine shoot, I was bowled over. I couldn’t believe she was only fourteen. She filled out a swimsuit better than I did. We did the pictures, including one shot of me teaching her to float. With that superstructure of hers, she floated just fine. What she couldn’t do was sink." -Esther Williams
Richard Burton watching Elizabeth Taylor getting ready, 1965.
"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)
Elizabeth Taylor and husband Mike Todd during their honeymoon in Acapulco, 1957.
Elizabeth Taylor in a test shot for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958