Organized "A Commitment to Life", a celebrity event to benefit AIDS research after her Giant (1956) co-star Rock Hudson became ill in 1985. The event featured former First Lady Betty Ford, Burt Lancaster, Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Reynolds. More than $1.3 million was raised.
Mother-in-law of Brooke Palance.
Mother of Christopher Edward Wilding and Michael Wilding Jr.
Mentioned in Walter Kirn's novel "Thumbsucker".
Measurements: 36C-21-36 (for the majority of her film career), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
1976: Won the title of "Most Memorable Eyebrows" in a magazine poll. The first runner up was Lassie.
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Cancelled her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, prompting renewed fears about her health. The acting legend usually attends an annual charity dinner organized by the American Foundation For AIDS Research (AMFAR), which always coincides with the South of France festival. However, Taylor - who also pulled out in 2004 due to health problems - was replaced by Sharon Stone and Liza Minnelli at the gala. (May 2005)
Ranked #72 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. (October 1997)
She is mentioned in the song "Lady Nina" by rock band Marillion.
Underwent radiation therapy in 2002 for basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.
Her daughter, Liza Todd Burton, with Michael Todd, is a sculptor, who has two sons, Quinn and Rhys, with her husband artist Hap Tivey
Underwent successful surgery to remove the benign brain tumor. (20 February 1997)
Received $500,000 divorce settlement from Conrad Hilton Jr., 1951.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#16). (1995)
Announced her retirement from acting in 2003.
Has had three hip replacements.
Writer Charles Bukowski, in his newspaper column (and later book) "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," revealed that he loathed Taylor as an absurd icon of the celebrity-mad, media-besotted American culture that he despised.
Did not attend The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) due to her opposition to the Iraq war.
Her AIDS organization AMFAR raised $83 million in the twelve years following its creation in 1985.
Liz was a close friend of Montgomery Clift until his death in 1966. They met for the first time when Paramount decided that she had to accompany him to the premiere of The Heiress (1949) because they were both to star in the upcoming A Place in the Sun (1951). They liked each other right away. Clift used to call her "Bessie Mae". When he had a car accident a few years later that disfigured him, he had just left a party at Liz's house. It was she who found him first, got into the wreck and removed some teeth from his throat that threatened to choke him.
Her episode of "Biography" (1987) was the highest-rated episode of that series on Arts & Entertainment (thru the end of 1995).
Stepmother of the late Michael Todd Jr., who was actually her senior by three years.
The stories of her Oscar win for BUtterfield 8 (1960) have grown legendary. It is generally accepted as truth that she won Oscar voters by a vote of sympathy, because of the recent death of her husband, Michael Todd, and her near-fatal illness and emergency tracheotomy to save her life (her scar was very visible on Oscar night). Wisecracker and Rat Pack member Shirley MacLaine, who was favored to win for her role in The Apartment (1960), said afterwards that "I lost out to a tracheotomy."