Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Remembering Hollywood's Queen, Elizabeth Taylor

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


At only 18, Taylor married hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr. in Beverly Hills. MGM paid for the May 6, 1950, ceremony and lavish reception at the Bel-Air Country Club as the studio promoted its star's movie, Father of the Bride. But there was no fairytale ending. "The honeymoon and the relationship were both over by the time we returned," Taylor wrote about Hilton's drinking and abusive behavior in Elizabeth Takes Off. In less than a year, the marriage was over.