40 Beautiful Photographs of Elizabeth Taylor in Her Teen Years in the 1940s

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She then became the highest paid movie star in the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood cinema.

Born in London to socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939. She made her acting debut with a minor role in the Universal Pictures film There’s One Born Every Minute (1942), but the studio ended her contract after a year. She was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and became a popular teen star after appearing in National Velvet (1944). She transitioned to mature roles in the 1950s, when she starred in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950) and received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama A Place in the Sun (1951).

Despite being one of MGM’s most bankable stars, Taylor wished to end her career in the early 1950s. She resented the studio’s control and disliked many of the films to which she was assigned. She began receiving more enjoyable roles in the mid-1950s, beginning with the epic drama Giant (1956), and starred in several critically and commercially successful films in the following years. These included two film adaptations of plays by Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); Taylor won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the latter. Although she disliked her role as a call girl in BUtterfield 8 (1960), her last film for MGM, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

During the production of the film Cleopatra in 1961, Taylor and co-star Richard Burton began an extramarital affair, which caused a scandal. Despite public disapproval, they continued their relationship and were married in 1964. Dubbed “Liz and Dick” by the media, they starred in 11 films together, including The V.I.P.s (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Taylor received the best reviews of her career for Woolf, winning her second Academy Award and several other awards for her performance. She and Burton divorced in 1974 but reconciled soon after, remarrying in 1975. The second marriage ended in divorce in 1976.

Taylor’s acting career began to decline in the late 1960s, although she continued starring in films until the mid-1970s, after which she focused on supporting the career of her sixth husband, United States Senator John Warner (R-Virginia). In the 1980s, she acted in her first substantial stage roles and in several television films and series. She became the second celebrity to launch a perfume brand, after Sophia Loren. Taylor was one of the first celebrities to take part in HIV/AIDS activism. She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985 and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991. From the early 1990s until her death, she dedicated her time to philanthropy, for which she received several accolades, including the Presidential Citizens Medal.

Throughout her career, Taylor’s personal life was the subject of constant media attention. She was married eight times to seven men, converted to Judaism, endured several serious illnesses, and led a jet set lifestyle, including assembling one of the most expensive private collections of jewelry in the world. After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure in 2011, at the age of 79. (Wikipedia)

The 10-year-old Brit lit up the screen in her first film, “There’s One Born Every Minute” in 1942.
Elizabeth Taylor, age 10
Elizabeth Taylor from “There’s One Born Every Minute” in 1942.
Elizabeth Taylor, age 10 in 1942.
11- year-old Elizabeth Taylor is shown with Lassie around the time of her performance in “Lassie Comes Home” in Los Angeles, 1943.
Elizabeth Taylor in “Lassie Come Home,” 1943.
Elizabeth Taylor in “Lassie Come Home,” 1943.
Elizabeth Taylor poses in a blouse with a polka dot yoke in 1944.
Elizabeth Taylor is seen during the time that she was filming “National Velvet” in 1944.
Her role as Velvet Brown in the 1944 smash hit “National Velvet” that made Taylor a star at age 12.
Elizabeth Taylor in “National Velvet,” 1944.
Taylor captured the nation’s hearts as a jodhpur-rocking girl jockey in “National Velvet,” 1944.
Elizabeth Taylor, age 13, poses with her own horse after shooting “National Velvet”
Taylor at her desk, 1945.
Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor in 1945.
In 1945, at age 13 and already a veteran of five films, Elizabeth Taylor signs autographs during a charity cricket match at Los Angeles’ Gilmore Stadium.
Taylor, age 13, in her bedroom with pet chipmunk Nibbles, 1945.
Taylor signing autographs for her fans at a nightclub in 1946.
Elizabeth Taylor, Sept. 1946.
Taylor played opposite another four-legged friend in “Courage of Lassie”.
Elizabeth Taylor returning to England on the Queen Mary in 1947.
With her mother, at home in Los Angeles, 1947.
Elizabeth Taylor showing off, frilly two-piece bathing, 1947.
Elizabeth Taylor, wearing a plaid shirt and jeans rolled up at the cuff with bare feet, holding a poodle and smiling, 1947.
Elizabeth Taylor in 1947, age 15.
On the set of “Cynthia,” 1947.
Taylor at her home in Los Angeles, 1948.
Taylor in London, 1948.
Reading Look magazine, 1948.
Elizabeth Taylor with Jane Powell in “A Date with Judy,” 1948.
Liz Taylor gazes into the distance while wearing an “All America” sweatshirt, 1948.
Elizabeth Taylor in 1948.
Taylor and her mother, Sara — a former stage actress — in 1948.
Liz Taylor, London, 1948.
Elizabeth Taylor surrounded by pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London, November 1948.
Taylor feeds the pigeons in Trafalgar Square, London in November 1948.
An oceanside portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1948.
Taylor, age 16, works with her tutor on a movie set, 1948.
Her fame grew when she portrayed Amy in “Little Women,” 1949.
Taylor, age 17, poses with photos of her then-beau, 1946 Heisman trophy winner Glenn Davis, 1949.

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