"Big girls need big diamonds."
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the last major movie stars to come out of the Old Hollywood studio system as her career took off when she was just a teenager. She is considered one of the most beautiful women in history and was internationally known for her beauty especially her signature violet eyes. Her impeccable sense of style and large collection of extravagant jewelry made her a fashion icon and trailblazer. Born February 27, 1932 in London, Taylor's father was an art dealer from St. Louis who moved to London to open his own gallery and her mother was a stage actress who gave her career up once she got married. The family relocated to los Angeles in 1939 due to the war brewing in Europe and a family friend suggested that Taylor do a screen test for Universal Pictures. Taylor was eventually picked up by MGM Studios and made her first motion picture, Lassie Come Home, in 1943. A year later, Taylor made National Velvet which made her an instant star. Through out her career, Taylor was nominated for five Academy Awards and won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for BUtterfield 8 in 1960 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In 1966. She received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1985 as well as the Jean Herholt Humanitarian Award in 1993. Other hit movies of Taylor include Giant, The Taming of the Shrew, Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Raintree County, Suddenly, Last Summer, Elephant Walk and A Place in the Sun.