Elizabeth Taylor, Best Actress, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' (1966) During their marriages (they got hitched two times), Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton became notorious for their boozy battles off screen. When they decided to perform the same antics on screen as warring spouses George and Martha in Mike Nichols' adaptation of Edward Albee's Broadway play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," gossipmeisters were flabbergasted -- but fascinated too. The result: one of the greatest films in Hollywood history. Taylor won the Oscar for Best Actress, but Burton lost lead actor to Paul Scofield ("A Man for All Seasons"). Taylor and Burton divorced for the last time in 1974. In 1984, Burton went to his grave as Oscar's biggest loser (seven defeats), probably because academy members were fed up with his real-life drunken antics.