American actress born at England. Daughter of U.S. immigrants in the UK, returned with them to the United States shortly before World War II.
After participating in several comedies in 1950 achieved his first commercial success with “Father of the Bridge”. During the 1950s and 1960s became one of the biggest stars in the Hollywood with its participation in titles such as “Giant” (1956), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958) or, at the time, most expensive film in history, “Cleopatra” (1963), films in which he knew how to exploit her sex appeal.
Famous also for his humanitarian work in the fight against AIDS, for this she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord in 1992.
In 1964 Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton traveled to the unknown Puerto Vallarta, because he began shooting the film “The Night of the Iguana”.
Puerto Vallarta then was a small town with few hosting sites. Some people say that the first place where the couple was installed was a modest hotel called "Oceano".
The popular version is that the site was not liked by the actress, who threatened to return to the United States. Burton then conditioned their participation in the film in exchange for better housing, forcing John Huston, director of the film to find a better place. They were offered a villa he had rented on the hill “Gringo Gulch: Kimberly House”.
They fall in love with the place, so Burton bought the house for Elizabeth's 32nd birthday, a month before getting married.
Later, the couple bought a neighboring house, which connected to Kimberly House via a bridge, a replica of "The Bridge of Sighs," built in Venice, Italy.
The local people have created many romantic stories around this brindge, but what is a fact is that they both took refuge in Puerto Vallarta, because besides being a paradise, the couple was chased by the press.