Although Taylor and Burton were madly in love, they did not see eye to eye about everything during their times together and still had their fair share of trouble. For one, Taylor went through a stage in her life where she was taking medication, and he, at the same time, had an issue with alcohol.
The fights apparently got so out of hand that one couple reportedly booked the suite below theirs at a hotel they were staying in just so they could eavesdrop on the arguments. And surely enough, they heard a lot of disruption and arguments from the Hollywood couple.
In 1985, Elizabeth worked as a chairperson at the AIDS Project Los Angeles. Not long after, the cause would hit even closer to home when the disease was responsible for taking the life of her close friend Rock Hudson. In 1991, she launched the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which is still in play today.
Incredibly, she took her activism one step further and actually ran an underground “safe house” for a network of HIV medications in the 1990s. It has been called the “Los Angeles equivalent of the Dallas Buyers Club.” The foundation is in full swing today and can be found at elizabethtayloraidsfoundation.org.
Dinner With Royals
Taylor was known for being particularly grand, and when she was with Burton, the two sometimes had trouble deciding what to do for the evening. She wanted to go have dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, much to his dismay, as he found that kind of thing to be boring.
During one dinner with another royal, Princess Margaret, the royal asked to try on her giant ring, and she even went as far as to call it “vulgar.” The actress let her slide it on, saying that she no longer thought it was vulgar once it was on her own finger.
On the Road
After the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, an unlikely trio hopped into a car and booked it the hell out of New York City. Taylor, along with Marlon Brando and Michael Jackson, decided to go on a road trip following the events.
This is perhaps one of the strangest celebrity road trips of all time. As they made their way through the country, Brando apparently wanted to stop at all of the KFCs to indulge in chicken for the road. It’s sort of hard to imagine, and it also makes you wonder how that hasn’t been turned into a movie yet.
The infamously mysterious, chicken-fueled celebrity road trip may not have been turned into a silver-screen special. However, it's not as if it never reached the light of day or even onto the small screen. Eventually, the story was turned into one episode of the dramedy series, "Urban Myths." The show was created by a British production company, Sky Arts.
And the reenactment certainly upset a lot of viewers along the way. In the episode, Joseph Fiennes was controversially cast as the King of Pop himself – which angered a lot of people, including Jackson’s daughter, Paris, who was very vocal in her objecting to the portrayal.