Person Female Born 27/2/1932 Died 23/3/2011
Actor. Born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor of American parents at Heathwood, 8 Wildwood Road, Hampstead. Fearing the outbreak of war, her family moved to America in 1939. She was seen as a potential film actor, and was cast in several minor roles before winning the lead role in 'National Velvet' in 1944. As an adult her career blossomed and she appeared in more than fifty films including 'Giant', 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', 'Suddenly Last Summer', 'Cleopatra' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', and her many awards included two Oscars. She was married eight times - twice to Richard Burton.
Her popularity started to wane in the late 1960s and after several unsuccessful films she appeared in mainly cameo roles. She became one of the first celebrities to participate in HIV/AIDS activism, helping to raise more than $270 million for the cause during her lifetime. Created a DBE in 1999, her later years were dogged by ill-health and addiction. Died in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.