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The word legend is not one to be banded about lightly. Yet the British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor was undeniably one, famed for her beauty, her amazing violet eyes, her diamonds, and her eight marriages, as much as her films.

She found fame as a child actress in popular wartime movies including Lassie Come Home and National Velvet before transitioning to become a fully-fledged Hollywood star.

She took on legendary roles in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – which won her second Best Actress Oscar. She famously starred in lavish epic Cleopatra, the biggest box office hit of 1963, which in its first year made millions, but didn’t recoup the extraordinary sum it had cost to make.

Of Elizabeth’s eight marriages, the most high-profile were the two with actor Richard Burton – a tempestuous love. He famously bought her an astonishing 68 carat diamond ring, which created headlines around the world.

In her later years, Elizabeth, who was made a Dame by the Queen in 2000, was the champion of many charities, and established her own, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. She left the bulk of her $600million estate to AIDS charities when she died.