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Elizabeth Taylor: Remembered in Radio

Too many of the current generation only know Elizabeth Taylor as a character from the tabloid covers. Truly her Hollywood lifestyle drew that type of attention, along with her eight marriages to seven different husbands (including Eddie Fisher). Perhaps a lady of her beauty and talent can be forgiven such excess.

Although this is a old time radio site and Ms. Taylor was a Movie Legend, please bear with us while we honor the passing of one of America’s great treasures. We would like to present some of the Radio work that Elizabeth Taylor left us.

Liz was born in London to American parents on Feb 27, 1932. She began in pictures at the tender age of nine. Her first great success came at the age of 12 when she landed a role in MGM’s National Velvet, released in Dec 1944. The success of the film changed Liz’s life forever. (The back problems that would plague her for the rest of her life can also be traced back to this time.) Ms. Taylor would reprise her role as Velvet Brown on Lux Radio Theater “National Velvet”  (Feb 3, 1947):

As a rising and pretty young star she of course got the call to appear on Command Performance to entertain the Troops. (March 8, 1945)

She did a series of Teen Romance pictures, including the role of Carol Pringle in A Date With Judy (1948). She earned a reputation as “One Shot Liz” for her ability to shoot a scene in one take.

She had a number of successful roles as a young adult, perhaps her most notorious was when she became the highest paid actress to date in 1960 for her portrayal of Cleopatra (1963). Not only was the picture itself notorious, but Liz became tabloid fodder for her romance with costar Richard Burton; both were married to other spouses at the time of the romance. Taylor and Burton would later marry each other. Twice.

Much of Elizabeth Taylor’s later life would be sprinkled with scandal and failing health. She was a vocal supporter of her friend Michael Jackson during his child abuse trial in California.

Ms. Taylor passed away on Mar 23, 2011, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA of congestive heart failure.

Good night Liz.