Elizabeth Taylor’s extraordinary collection of jewelry, fashion, movie memorabilia and accessories is currently at auction by Christie’s online through Dec 17. Click HERE to see the full collection and your chance to touch Hollywood Royalty.
As I learned more about her (thank you Wikipedia), I was inspired to look even further. Liz was an extraordinary woman, best known for her legendary acting career, striking beauty, devotion to philanthropy and of course, for walking down the aisle 8 times (with 7 husbands). Below, some images from her weddings. Of interest, I noticed that in each bouquet, she chose Lily of the Valley, which symbolizes “return to happiness”, chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility. And when she married Richard Burton the first time (wedding number 5), she wore them massed in her hair, combined with white hyacinths.
Below, wedding #1 to young hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951).
Below, Wedding #2. Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957): met in England while making Ivanhoe, was 20 years her senior. Together, they had two sons – Michael (born in 1953) and Christopher (born 1955).
Below, Wedding #3. Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958): Married in Acapulco, Todd’s death ended Taylor’s only marriage not to result in divorce. She later called him one of the three loves of her life, along with Burton and jewelry. I absolutely love this dress. The shawl doubles as a hood during ceremony.
Below, Wedding #4. Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964): Fisher, Todd’s best friend, consoled Taylor after Todd’s death, and began an affair while he was still married to Debbie Renolds. Below, elegant in green.
Below, Wedding #5. Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) The Vatican condemned Burton and Taylor’s affair, which began when both were married to others. They married 9 days after her divorce from Eddie Fischer. This chiffon sunflower dress is one of the items up for auction at Christie’s. Estimated to fetch between $40K – $60K.
Below, Wedding #6. Sixteen months after divorcing, Liz and Richard married again privately in Africa (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976): This Gina Fratini gown is also up for auction (est $10k – $12k).
Below, Wedding #7 to US Senator John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982), resulting in a trip to the Betty Ford Clinic.
Below, Wedding #8. Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996): Met at the Betty Ford Clinic. Held at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
Whether or not you agree on her choices in life, one thing’s for sure, they lady had style. Don’t miss the Christie’s auction. It’s spectacular!