Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born February 27th, 1932 in Hampstead, London, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor and Sara Viola Warmbrodt, who were Americans residing in England. Her father was an art dealer and her mother a former actress whose stage name was Sara Sothern. At the age of three, Elizabeth began taking ballet lessons. Shortly after the beginning of World War II, her parents decided to return to the United States, and settled in California. Taylor appeared in her first motion picture at the age of nine for Universal. They let her contract drop, and she was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Her first movie with that studio was “Lassie Come Home” (1943), which drew favorable attention. That movie starred child star Roddy McDowall, with whom Elizabeth would share a lifelong friendship. After a few more movies, the second on loan-out to 20th Century Fox, she appeared in her first leading role and achieved child star status playing Velvet Brown, a young girl who trains a horse to win the Grand National in Clarence Brown's movie “National Velvet” (1944) with Mickey Rooney. Elizabeth Taylor won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performances in “Butterfield 8” (1960), which co-starred then husband Eddie Fisher, and again for “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), which co-starred then-husband Richard Burton. In 1963, she became the highest paid movie star at the time when she accepted $1 million to play the title role in the lavish production of “Cleopatra.”
In addition to fragrance, Taylor also has a passion for jewelry. In 2005, she partnered with Jack and Monty Abramov of Mirabelle Luxury Concepts in Los Angeles to introduce the House of Taylor Jewelry. In 2005, House of Taylor Jewelry formed a partnership with Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a design-and-marketing firm with more than $1 billion in annual sales. Taylor has also devoted much time and energy to AIDS-related charities and fundraising. She helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research after the death of her former co-star and friend, Rock Hudson. She also created her own AIDS foundation, Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF).
Her perfumes include Passion, White Diamonds, and Black Pearls, that together earn an estimated $200 million in annual sales. Created in 1991, White Diamonds perfume features top notes of neroli, lily and tuberose. Black Pearls perfume for women is spicy with accompanying fruity notes of citrus and melons. Other fragrances include Forever Elizabeth perfume and Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia perfume for women. In the Fall of 2006, Dame Elizabeth Taylor celebrated the 15th anniversary of her White Diamonds perfume, one of the top-10 best selling fragrances for more than a decade.
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