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January 13, 2012

20 Rare Photographs Captured Elizabeth Taylor's Life From Between the 1940s and 1960s

Here's a selection of some of rare and fascinating vintage photographs from LIFE magazine, captured daily life of Elizabeth Taylor from between the 1940s and 1960s, including shots from her very first wedding, when she was just 18 years old; from the sets of Giant and Cleopatra; from studio backlots (with her dear friend and soul mate, Montgomery Clift); and from her tumultuous romance with two-time husband and bigger-than-life star in is own right, Richard Burton.

In 1945, at age 13 and already a veteran of five films, Elizabeth Taylor signs autographs during a charity cricket match at Los Angeles' Gilmore Stadium. (Peter Stackpole—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor in 1947, age 15. (J. R. Eyerman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Liz Taylor gazes into the distance while wearing an "All America" sweatshirt, 1948; the pin she wears belonged to Glenn Davis, a 1946 Heisman Trophy-winner she was dating at the time. (Mark Kauffman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Taylor and her mother, Sara — a former stage actress — in 1948. (Mark Kauffman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor in 1948. (Mark Kauffman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor in 1948. (Mark Kauffman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor plays opposite Robert Taylor (no relation) in a scene from the 1949 movie, Conspirator. (Mark Kauffman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor plays opposite Robert Taylor (no relation) in a scene from the 1949 movie, Conspirator. (Mark Kauffman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor sits at a desk in a classroom at Hollywood's University High School in 1950. (Peter Stackpole—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

During a break in filming A Place in the Sun, Liz Taylor chats with her costar Montgomery Clift on the Paramount lot in 1950. (Peter Stackpole—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, 1950. (Peter Stackpole—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Just 18 years old, Elizabeth Taylor arrives to marry hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton at the Bel-Air Country Club in 1950. (Ed Clark—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Liz Taylor on her (first) wedding day, May 6, 1950. The marriage to Nicky Hlton would last less than one year, and by 1952 she had a new husband, British actor Michael Wilding. (Ed Clark—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In Marfa, Texas, on the set of the film, Giant, Liz Taylor lassos director George Stevens as her costars Rock Hudson and James Dean look on. (Allan Grant—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1962 on the set of Cleopatra. At the time, Taylor was married to Eddie Fisher, but had begun a tempestuous (and highly public) affair with Burton. (Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

During a break in the filming of Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor ruffles the hair of Liza Todd, her daughter with her third husband, Mike Todd. (Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In costume, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor share a look on the set of Cleopatra. (Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Cleopatra director Joseph L. Mankiewicz chats with Liz Taylor on set. (Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In February 1964, on the set of a Broadway production of Hamlet, a surprised Elizabeth Taylor cuts her birthday cake, as Richard Burton (starring in the show) leans in for a kiss. (George Silk—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Hume Cronyn, who won a Tony for his performance as Polonius in the 1964 production of Hamlet, gently holds Liz Taylor's famous face in his hands. (George Silk—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)



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