Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Remembering Hollywood's Queen, Elizabeth Taylor

The beautiful and tumultuous life of a grand dame who became movie-made royalty

WEIGHTY MATTERS

Taylor went from movie star to politician's wife when she married Sen. John Warner (R.-Va.) in 1976. During their marriage, an unhappy Taylor (at club Studio 54 with Liza Minnelli and Betty Ford in 1979) went from her usual 121 lbs. to more than 180 lbs. Family ultimately urged the actress – who'd been abusing alcohol and prescription pills – to check into the Betty Ford Center on Dec. 5, 1983. "My children, my brother, a few intimate friends made me face the facts," she later wrote.