In 1953 Vivien Leigh, aged 40, got the lead part in “Elephant Walk”. The entire cast and crew went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to film on location. She was playing a young British bride brought to a big mansion in India by her new millionaire husband (Peter Finch), owner of a tea plantation. who neglected his wife. In turn, she became more and more attached to his husband’s friend, played by Dana Andrews. The production had a big budget. But on location, things soon got out of hand: Vivien Leigh had a terrible break down! When it became clear that she would be unable to complete the filming, Paramount Studios decided to replace her with…Elizabeth Taylor (aged 21 at the time).
"The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" - January 7, 1966
Bert Stern: “I didn’t shoot set pictures, I tended to want to shoot portraits. Richard Burton — who I had already shot in my studio in New York — was playing Marc Anthony and Taylor and Burton began an affair. I became friends with the two of them and began to hang out with them off set — I would shoot more candid, fun pictures.”
Timeless Megastar: Elizabeth Taylor
(from Hello! India)
Elizabeth Taylor shopping at the supermarket? Like any other average human being? In real life, no one could see Elizabeth Taylor in such a common place! It was only a movie: “The Only Game In Town”
Cannes, France, May, 1957: Elizabeth Taylor (with her famous diamond tiara) and her third husband (producer Mike Todd) arrive at the Cannes Film Festival.
Today’s chapter: on the brink of war, a woman returns to America to fulfill her dreams…
Part I of Anger and Passion/ Chapter I: Sara’s American Dream
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It was 1 day before 9/11! Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special concert took place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City - his guest of honor: Elizabeth Taylor!
Oxford University Press: Who’s Who in the Twentieth Century
Elizabeth Taylor took a long holiday for a full recovery after her near death illness from March 1961. She enjoyed Venice - it was neither the first nor her last visit in this beautiful city.