21st AFI Life Achievement Award
Elizabeth Taylor was awarded the 21st AFI Life Achievement Award on March 11, 1993.
Determined to land the role of Velvet Brown in NATIONAL VELVET (1944), Elizabeth Taylor worked on her riding for an hour and a half every morning before school. Told that she was "too short" for the part, she diligently followed a height-stretching program and grew three inches in three months. With Mickey Rooney.
Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie the Cat in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) with Paul Newman.
Elizabeth Taylor received a record one million dollars for the title role in the $40 million dollar film that nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox, CLEOPATRA (1963).
In the romantic romp LOVE IS BETTER THAN EVER (1952), Elizabeth Taylor plays a small-town dance teacher. Larry Parks is the talent agent who sweeps her off her feet. CUE Magazine commented, "Quite surprisingly, Elizabeth Taylor indicates a nice talent for underplayed comedy in the role of the dancing-school mistress."
For the opening of GIANT at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, legend has it that Elizabeth Taylor arrived a little late for the ritual of putting hand-and-footprints in the quick-drying cement. The delay caused some concern that the costars might end up as permanent fixtures on Hollywood Boulevard. With Hudson.
Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey in BUTTERFIELD 8 (1960).
Elizabeth Taylor designed her own elaborate eye makeup for CLEOPATRA (1963), creating a fashion frenzy as women all over the world tried to emulate the effect.
In 1981 Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles narrated the Academy Award-winning GENOCIDE, a documentary about the horrors of the Holocaust. Above, being presented the Simon Wiesenthal Distinguished Service Award by Frank Sinatra.