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Taylor's next film release, George Stevens' A Place in the Sun (1951), marked a departure from her earlier films.
According to Taylor, it was the first film in which she had been asked to act, instead of simply being herself, Based on Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy (1925), it featured Taylor as a spoiled socialite who comes between a poor factory worker (Montgomery Clift) and his pregnant girlfriend (Shelley Winters). who could create this illusion" of being "not so much a real girl as the girl on the candy-box cover, the beautiful girl in the yellow Cadillac convertible that every American boy sometime or other thinks he can marry".
Born in London to wealthy, socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939, and she soon was given a film contract by Universal Pictures.
She made her screen debut in a minor role in There's One Born Every Minute (1942), but Universal terminated her contract after a year.
Taylor's last adolescent role was as Amy March in Mervyn Le Roy's Little Women (1949).
While it did not match the popularity of the previous 1933 film adaptation of Louisa M. Taylor made the transition to adult roles in 1950, the year she turned 18.
From the early 1990s until her death, she dedicated her time to philanthropy.
She received dual British-American citizenship at birth, as her parents, art dealer Francis Lenn Taylor (1897–1968) and retired stage actress Sara Sothern (née Sara Viola Warmbrodt, 1895–1994), were United States citizens, both originally from Arkansas City, Kansas.Despite public disapproval, Burton and she continued their relationship, and were married in 1964.Dubbed "Liz and Dick" by the media, they starred in 11 films together, including The V. P.s (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Taylor received the best reviews of her career for Woolf, winning her second Academy Award and several other awards for her performance.These included two film adaptations of plays by Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); Taylor won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the latter.Although she disliked her role as a call girl in BUtterfield 8 (1960), her last film for MGM, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.Taylor was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and had her breakthrough role in National Velvet (1944), becoming one of the studio's most popular teenaged stars.She made the transition to adult roles in the early 1950s, when she starred in the comedy Father of the Bride (1950) and received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama A Place in the Sun (1951).She and Burton divorced in 1974, but reconciled soon after, and re-married in 1975. Taylor's acting career began to decline in the late 1960s, although she continued starring in films until the mid-1970s, after which she focused on supporting the career of her sixth husband, Senator John Warner.In the 1980s, she acted in her first substantial stage roles and in several television films and series, and became the first celebrity to launch a perfume brand.Following the success of National Velvet, MGM gave Taylor a new seven-year contract with a weekly salary of 0, and cast her in a minor role in the third film of the Lassie series, Courage of Lassie (1946).When Taylor turned 15 in 1947, MGM began to cultivate a more mature public image for her by organizing photo shoots and interviews which portrayed her as a "normal" teenager attending parties and going on dates.