Elizabeth Taylor worked steadily in films for more than 50 years, starting as a pre-teen child actor and maturing into a worldclass, Oscar winner. It was a bumpy road to stardom, but her best work is still available on DVD.
She was actually fired from her first movie contract after a studio head claimed she couldn’t sing, dance or act. But her beauty was alluring and she was quickly signed by another studio.
Over the course of her career, she was never the most gifted actress, but she was magnetic on the big screen, wth the ability to command the spotlight, becoming at one point, the most powerful female actor in Hollywood.
She appeared in more than 50 films and won two Academy Awards for Best Actress.
Taylor won her first Oscar in 1960’s “BUtterfield 8,” which co-starred then husband Eddie Fisher, whom she married after his scandalous break up with Debbie Reynolds.
Her second, came for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” playing opposite then husband Richard Burton.
Although she hadn’t worked substantively for almost a decade, it’s still possible to see her best work on DVD. Here are some of her best films that worth buying and watching.
• “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) 2-disc Special Edition from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Click here to order: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
• The Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton Collection, a five-disc set including “Woolf,” “The VIPs,” “The Sandpiper” and “The Comedians.” Click here to order: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Film Collection
• “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof” (1958) from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an alcoholic ex-football player (Paul Newman) who refuses to be intimate with his attractive wife (Taylor), even though his domineering, dying father (Burl Ives) is anxious to see the family name carried on by his favorite son. Click here to Order: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Deluxe Edition)
• “Giant” (1956) 2-Disc Special Edition From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Click Here to Order:Giant
• The Elizabeth Taylor Signature Collection (National Velvet / Father of the Bride / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof / Butterfield 8; Click here to order: The Elizabeth Taylor Signature Collection
• Cleopatra (1963) Despite being a critical failure, it won four Academy Awards. It was the highest grossing film of 1963, earning US $26 million, yet cost of $44 million. Stars Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall and Martin Landau. Click to order here; Cleopatra
• The Complete James Dean Collection, a three-DVD box set that includes “East of Eden,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant.” Click to order here: The Complete James Dean Collection