No one wants to be around when a couple is going at each other, but apparently, it happened frequently between these two. But they weren’t fighting just to fight – well, not every time, anyway. No, as it turns out, shouting at each other in public was actually how the couple initiated their, um, couple’s time.
She once revealed that it was their form of foreplay. Look, we think that every couple has the right to handle their attraction for one another in their own way. But sometimes, it can make everyone feel uncomfortable. So that didn’t exactly make it any better for anyone else who may have been around at the time!
Party Like a Film Star
For Elizabeth’s 24th birthday in 1957, her third and newest husband Mike Todd threw her an enormous ceremony in Acapulco. The mayor of the town even officiated the event. Todd himself had been divorced twice before he and Elizabeth tied the knot and he was really hoping that this would be a case of "third time's a charm."
That seemed like a sign to both young lovers. For all intents and purposes, this should have been happily ever after for the couple. While the two were very happy for a short while, everything was about to once again come crashing down, maybe even literally, but not before something incredible happened.
Mike Todd was known for being a flashy kind of guy. He had built his fortune around rising up through poverty and was definitely a bit brazen. When he proposed to wife number three, he did so with a whopping 29.4-carat emerald cut diamond. There was no denying that Taylor was completely taken aback.
Even though Elizabeth had money of her own, some speculated that she wasn’t exactly marrying this man, who was older by a substantial amount of time, for the love – something she adamantly denied. Vicious rumors circulated and some even outright called her a gold digger.
A little after a year of marriage, in August of 1957, Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd welcomed their daughter, Liza, to the world. Everything seemed to be going right for the Hollywood couple and at this point, you would be right to assume that it would be "happily ever after" for Taylor and Todd.
Sadly, in March of the next year, tragedy struck when a plane carrying Todd crashed in New Mexico, killing him and the three other people on board. The 26-year-old and her young daughter were left without their husband and father. Taylor was now a widow and a single mother.
Saving His Life
While Taylor was left without her husband, another Hollywood wife was thanking her lucky stars that her partner was not killed in the same plane crash. Kirk Douglas would have been on board if he had had his way that morning after the two men played a game of tennis at Todd’s house.
Incredibly, Douglas’s wife, who was six months pregnant at the time, had a “funny feeling” and told him that she did not want him on the private plane, and to fly commercial instead. The fact he listened to his wife ultimately saved his life. This didn't bring any comfort to Taylor though, who was understandably heartbroken.