She was perhaps the most beautiful bride in the world.
English-born Elizabeth Taylor, the two-time Academy Award winning actress and child star of National Velvet, was first married in May, 1950, at the age of 18, to hier Conrad Nicky Hilton, son of Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Hotels. They were divorced just 9 months later.
In 1952, Taylor married actor Michael Wilding, whom she divorced 5 years later. Her third husband, Michael Todd, was the inventor of Todd-AO, a wide-screen cinematic filming technique which you can see credited at the end of most films of the era. He is the only husband she did not divorce, as he died only a year after their marriage, in 1958.
From 1959 to 1964, she was married to the singer Eddie Fisher. Their affair began while Fisher was still married to Debbie Reynolds. This had caused quite a scandal in the press, especially when Liz told the Hollywood Gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper, “Well, Mike is dead and I’m alone. What do you expect me to do? Sleep alone?”
Of course, if you couldn’t afford Liz’s custom designer dress for your own wedding, there were always copy-cat patterns. You might have made your own, with your Mothers’ help, or been lucky enough to have an aunt who was skilled with the sewing machine.
A montage of Liz Taylor’s dresses for all eight of her weddings:
Twice she married Richard Burton, for most of the period between 1964 and 1976.
She married the Virginia Republican Senator John Warner in December 1976, and, unhappy with her life in Washington, was divorced in November 1982.
And, lastly, Liz married Larry Fortenski, a construction worker, 20 years younger than her, whom she’d met while both were in recovery at the Betty Ford Clinic. This final marriage took place at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, and lasted from 1991 until 1996.
Liz was beset by health problems over the course of her life, beginning in childhood. She was hospitalized more than 70 times, had 20 operations, broke her back 5 times, had both hips replaced, recovered from a brain tumor, and congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized at the Cedars-Mt. Sinai Hospital until her death on March 23rd, 2011.