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Anna Hecht
Feb 27, 2016 @ 8:15 am

Today we're honoring a true legend, Elizabeth Taylor. On this day, the iconic actress, who earned fame for her popular movie roles in the 1940s, '50s, '60s and beyond, would have turned 84. She began her career as a child actress and remained in the spotlight for the rest of her life.

Born in London to American parents, Taylor's family relocated to Los Angeles in the late '30s. Immediately, she was recognized for her good looks as a child star and received a film contract from Universal Pictures in 1941. In no time, Taylor was scooping up movie work in films such as National Velvet, Father of the Bride, and Suddenly, Last Summer, for which she won a Golden Globe. Then, in 1960, Taylor took home an Academy Award for her performance in Butterfield 8.

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Always a fiery spirit and with a tell-it-like-it-is personality, Taylor was never one to shy away from the spotlight. In 1963, she starred in Cleopatra as the title role and, in it, she wore extravagant costumes and majestic headpieces. To this day, her wardrobe for the part remains a defining style moment in the actress's career. Much to fans' delight, Taylor wasn't just a sultry style icon when starring in movies. Off set she also maintained a sultry sophistication and always arrived in unexpected ensembles. To see for yourself, check out Taylor's changing looks through the years.

 

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