Feb. 2, 1957–March 22, 1958
Movie producer Mike Todd was a self-assured suitor who announced his marriage intentions clearly. "He didn't ask me, he told me," Taylor recalled in Elizabeth Takes Off. At 25 years her senior, he was the first major love in her life. "God, I loved him. My self-esteem, my image, everything soared under his exuberant, loving care," she wrote. Their marriage, which produced daughter Liza, came to a tragic end when the showman died in a crash on his plane, the Liz.