She was one of the last “old-school” movie stars, raised in the Hollywood studio system, Elizabeth Taylor was a popular child actor and matured into the grand dame of film. She was bigger than life in more ways than one — known for her eight marriages (twice to Richard Burton), her love of extravagant jewels, and her tempestuous movie roles. But those famous violet eyes weren’t just the ones behind Maggie in Cat on Hot Tin Roof and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Liz — who hated to be called Liz — also starred in many historical costume movies over the years, some of which were made as big an impact as the roles that won her Oscars. It’s time we give Elizabeth Taylor her Woman Crush Wednesday due.
Helen Burns in Jane Eyre (1943)
Amy in Little Women (1949)
Rebecca in Ivanhoe (1952)
Lady Patricia in Beau Brummell (1954)
Susanna Drake Shawnessy in Raintree County (1957)
Cleopatra in Cleopatra (1963)
Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Masked Courtesan in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music (1977)
Marina Rudd in The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
Louella Parsons in Malice in Wonderland (1985)
Madam Conti in North and South (1985)
These are just a few — what’s your favorite of Elizabeth Taylor’s historical costume roles?