Taylor loved her luxurious Hollywood lifestyle, but she also carried her children very close to her heart. Throughout the early days of her career, Taylor had four children: Liza, Maria, Michael, and Christopher. Beyond their mother’s megastar social standing, all four of her children flourished fully in their own way.
All four of her children are now well over 60, meaning she also has ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren that are all keeping Taylor’s iconic legacy alive. Taylor’s two sons, Michael and Christopher, came from her second marriage with Michael Wilding. Both sons have dipped their toes in Hollywood by either acting or working behind the scenes. Her fourth child Maria was an adopted orphan from Germany.
To this day, Taylor prevails as one of Hollywood's everlasting style icons. Of course, her acting mastery earned her some of the industry's greatest praises, and her tendency to hoard diamonds and fine gowns is equally part of that legacy. She always conserved her personal finesse as her style shifted and drifted through romantic, professional, and political scenarios.
Starting out, she preferred a modest undertaking to fashion, going for polished and sophisticated looks. As she got older, her tendency to welcome her feminity through her style became a major part of her identity. Elizabeth often dressed in Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino, which she carefully selected to look sophisticated yet feminine.
Liz and Jacko
The friendship between Michael Jackson and Liz Taylor baffled a lot of the public in the 80s and still today. No one understood what a young adolescent disco/pop idol and a film legend from the 60s were doing befriending each other. Nonetheless, the pair found commonality bracing the burden of fame, which led to a long-lasting companionship.
During Taylor's 65th birthday celebration, which was televised, Jackson serenaded his friend, and Taylor supported Jackson in court when he was in the middle of his highly publicized lawsuit. The two were frequently seen and photographed together, and Taylor was one of the few close loved ones invited to Jackson's burial ceremony.
Mom and Dad
Taylor was born in 1932 to father Francis Taylor and mother Sara Sothern. Her father from Illinois was an art dealer and began his career in New York with the help of a wealthy uncle. He met Taylor's mother, Sara, who is from Arkansas, and the pair tied the knot in 1926 in a New York ceremony.
Taylor's mother was also an actress, but she preferred to act on stage. However, after the pair got married, Sara retired from acting and became a housewife, devoting herself to her family and her daughter's movie career. Taylor shared her parents with her beloved brother, Howard Taylor.
The highbrow argument of nature vs. nurture can be seen between Elizabeth Taylor and her sibling Howard Taylor — the two cherished each other and agreed on many of the same principles and outlooks on life. However, they trekked down completely different roads in their lives, leading them to different places.
The two were born three years apart, with Howard being the oldest. They grew up closely and were exposed to the elevated social circles of their parents from a young age. Howard played a minor role alongside Taylor, but ultimately he stayed out of the Hollywood spotlight and became a fully-fledged activist and social symbol. He also created Howard Camp, a safe haven for those seeking refuge.