- Some media comments on Elizabeth Taylor during her career:
Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, 1942:
"Elizabeth Taylor, one of the most beautiful children I've ever seen, is playing opposite Roddy McDowall in 'Lassie, Come Home.'
New York Times review of "National Velvet," 1944:
"(Director Clarence) Brown has also drawn some excellent performances from his cast, especially from little Elizabeth Taylor, who plays the role of the horse-loving girl. Her face is alive with youthful spirit, her voice has the softness of sweet song and her whole manner in this picture is one of refreshing grace."
Time magazine, 1952:
"The day after her divorce from young Conrad ('Nicky') Hilton became a legal fact, Cinemactress Elizabeth Taylor, 19, announced that she would marry British Cinemactor Michael Wilding, 39, who is waiting for his own divorce to be final. Said she: 'We are definitely engaged. We have no definite plans as to exactly when we'll be married.'"
New York Times, review of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," 1958:
"She is terrific as a panting, impatient wife, wanting the love of her husband as sincerely as she wants an inheritance."
Judith Crist, "The Private Eye, the Cowboy and the Very NakedGirl: Movies From Cleo to Clyde," 1968:
"(Taylor's Cleopatra) is an entirely physical creature, no depth of emotion apparent in her kohl-laden eyes, no modulation in her voice, which too often rises to fishwife levels. Out of royal regalia, en negligee and au naturel, she gives the impression that she is really carrying on in one of Miami Beach's more exotic resorts rather than inhabiting a palace in ancient Alexandria or even a villa in Rome."
New York Times, capsule TV listing review:
"'Cleopatra' (1963) Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison. The original energy crisis. Big, not nearly as bad as everyone had hoped and Rex supplies the real current."
Pauline Kael, "For Keeps: Thirty Years at the Movies":
"(On 'X, Y & Zee,' 1972) Elizabeth Taylor has changed before our eyes from the fragile child with a woman's face to the fabled beauty to this great bawd. ... I don't suppose anyone in his right mind would call 'X, Y & Zee' a good movie. ... (But) this one has a script that enabled Elizabeth Taylor to come out. The aging beauty has discovered in herself a gutsy, unrestrained spirit that knocks two very fine performers right off the screen."
Rex Reed, "Valentines and Vitriol," 1977:
"At 43, she opens the door of her suite at the luxurious Dorchester Hotel in London looking more like a creation dreamed up by the gods on Olympus. It is impossible to imagine any living creature more beautiful. ... She manages to be what the Technicolor screen can only suggest teasingly."
Life magazine cover headlines:
Elizabeth Taylor (July 1947)
Lovely Liz Taylor in Movie "Giant" (October 1956)
Elizabeth Taylor and Daughter, Liza Todd (November 1957)
Elizabeth Taylor: An Oscar at Last (April 1961)
Exclusive: Liz Taylor Back at Work As Cleopatra (October 1961)
Blazing New Page in the Legend of Liz: Richard Burton With Elizabeth Taylor on Cleopatra Set (April 1962)
"Cleopatra": Most Talked About Movie Ever Made (April 1963)
Elizabeth Taylor Talks About Herself (December 1964)
Liz in a Shocker: Her Movie Shatters the Rules of Censorship: Elizabeth Taylor in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (June 1966)
"My nagging, scheming, seductive, honest wife": Burton Analyzes Liz (February 1967) Liz Taylor is 40! (February 1972)
Some fan magazine headlines on Elizabeth Taylor:
The Most Exciting Girl in Hollywood
Photoplay, January 1950
Romantic Color Pictures and Stories ... Liz Taylor and Nick Hilton in New York, Paris, London, the Riviera Photoplay, October 1950
Liz Taylor's new romance
Modern Screen, May 1951
"I Am the Marrying Kind" — Elizabeth Taylor
Motion Picture, April 1952
The incredible truth about Liz Taylor's new love
Motion Picture, November 1958
6 Page Section: Debbie Eddie Liz
Smiling through her tears, Debbie says: I'm still very much in love with Eddie
Photoplay, December 1958
I was betrayed!
Liz's Side of the Story
Modern Screen, March 1959
We dare to print the facts: Trouble between Liz & Eddie
Motion Picture, February 1960
Inside report on a marriage: How much more can Liz take ...
Photoplay, July 1960
The last person Liz called for when she was dying: The inside story never told
Photoplay, June 1961
Liz & Burton's Swiss hideaway revealed!
Motion Picture, February 1963
Mrs. Burton Fights Liz
"He's Mine! All Mine! I'll Never Give Him Up to Liz!"
Photoplay, March 1963
How long can Burton hold Liz — and his liquor, too?
Photoplay, April 1964
What Burton Taught Liz About Married Love — in one week!
Motion Picture, August 1964
Weeping Liz goes to hospital alone
_Why Burton wasn't with her
_The operation doctors fear
_The pain she can't take
_The nurse she must have
Photoplay, June 1968
Does Liz Play Favorites?
How Liz' children FIGHT for her LOVE!
Motion Picture magazine, April 1964