(My drawing of a forty year old concept by artist Paul Rigby – even just copying it took me seven man-hours spread over seven days ! )
Her fame spread far and wide upto the back alleys of Triplicane.
In playwright Crazy Mohan’s ‘Marriage Made in Saloon’, a character is asked :
“Who’s your favourite actor ?” , the reply is “RICHARD BUTTON” (SIC)
“Who’s your favourite actress ?” ,
Reply : “ELIZABETH TAILOR PTO”
She once supported the Biafran war effort entirely on her own funds.
When she first auditioned for a movie as a nine year old, the studio’s casting director rejected her stating that “the kid has nothing … her eyes are too old, she doesn’t have the face of a child”.
On her huge love for jewellery, she said “Big girls need big diamonds”
For her role as Cleopatra, she was paid what was an astronomical sum in those days, a million dollars. (Her reaction) “If someone’s dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I’m certainly not dumb enough to turn it down.”
While filming Cleopatra in Italy in 1962, Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Welsh actor Richard Burton, although both of them were married.
The scandal caused Taylor and Burton to be condemned for “erotic vagrancy” by the Vatican, with calls also in the U.S. Congress to bar them from re-entering the country
Decades later, she said “I really don’t remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on.”
On her several marriages (eight to be exact), she quipped :
“I’ve only slept with the men I’ve been married to. How many women can make that claim?”
She married Richard Burton in 1964. They were divorced for the first time in 1974…then remarried in 1975 and then again divorced in 1976.