Elizabeth Taylor, a look back: 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' 'Butterfield 8,' 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

elizabeth-taylor-cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof-butterfield-8-whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf.jpgElizabeth Taylor passed away Wednesday (March 23) at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure. Hollywood and fans everywhere mourn. Let's take a look at some of her most famous roles.

One of our favorite Taylor roles (and an all around great movie) is Maggie the Cat in the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opposite the great Paul Newman. Taylor received her second Oscar nomination for the piece.

Taylor won an Oscar in 1960 for "Butterfield 8," in which she played Gloria Wandrous, a prostitute/model in New York opposite then-husband Eddie Fisher. It was her fourth Oscar nomination and first win.

Our very favorite Liz Taylor role was in the film adaptation of the Edward Albee play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" She starred in it with her then-husband Richard Burton and both are alarmingly, terrifyingly good as Martha and George in this dark piece. It was her second Best Actress Oscar win and probably her best performance.

Other highlights of her career included "National Velvet," "Little Women," "Father of the Bride," "A Place in the Sun" "Giant," "Raintree County," "Suddenly, Last Summer," "Cleopatra," though that one was more for the sheer spectacle of it all, and "Taming of the Shrew."

She was both a literal and figurative dame and a stunning beauty at the height of her career. Thanks for the great performances, Liz. What was your favorite Taylor role?










Photo/Video credit: MGM, Warner Bros.
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