Elizabeth Taylor’s scandalous love life from JKF threesome to countless affairs

Elizabeth Taylor’s breathtaking beauty and charismatic acting skills first catapulted her to fame in the 1950s.

The English-American actress, who was born in 1932, stole the hearts of men and women across the globe as she rapidly became one of the biggest stars in the showbiz industry after her debut performance in Father of the Bride and she later received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama A Place in the Sun.

Although she enjoyed immense success in her colourful acting career, with the American Film Institute naming her as the seventh-greatest female screen legend of all time, Elizabeth’s love life dominated the headlines down through the years as she suffered a string of unsuccessful marriages.

The Hollywood legend, who died 10 years ago today, married seven different men in her lifetime, and even married one of them twice.

Besides her storied acting career, Elizabeth made quite a name for herself thanks to her fiery and failed relationships.

The actress had just reached her 18th birthday when she tied the knot for the first time to Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton Jr – the son of hotelier Conrad Hilton, in 1950.

Although it was her first time to walk down the aisle and say ‘I do’, it was far from her first engagement – it was her third.

Before marrying Hilton, the actress was engaged to billionaire Bill Pawley and football player Glenn Davis, but both engagements ended in disaster.

Following her crumbling marriage with Hilton, Elizabeth found love again with her second husband was Michael Wilding, whom she married in 1952.

The lovebirds had two sons together, Michael and Christopher, but unfortunately, their love story wasn’t meant to be, and the pair divorced after just four years.

Then came her third marriage with producer Mike Todd in 1957.

Elizabeth became a proud mum for the third time when she welcomed the couple’s daughter the same year.

Tragedy struck a year later when Elizabeth’s beloved husband, who she previously described as ‘the love of her life’, died in a tragic plane crash.

Mike Todd’s sudden death led to one of Elizabeth’s most scandalous relationships – her alleged affair with Eddie Fisher.

Fisher was sent by his wife, Reynolds, to comfort Elizabeth as she mourned due to the fact, he and her late husband were good friends.

Although their bond started out with good intentions, their combined grief soon triggered a romance that shocked fans across the globe.

Fisher left his wife after falling head over heels for Taylor in 1958, and they officially married in 1959, on the same day Fisher’s divorce was finalised.

Just when the press thought Taylor’s love life couldn’t get more dramatic, she started filming Cleopatra in Rome and was cast alongside Welsh actor, Richard Burton.

'Liz and Dick', as they were known by the paparazzi, were caught on a yacht in Ischia, which resulted in the end of Elizabeth’s marriage to Fisher.

Burton also left his wife, Sybil Williams, for the Hollywood actress after their affair was exposed by the media.

The pair were so crazy about one another, that nine days after her divorce from Fisher was finalised, Elizabeth and Richard made their love story official by saying ‘I do’.

Their whirlwind romance is regarded as one of the biggest scandals in Hollywood’s history.

So scandalous was their affair that the Vatican newspaper raked Taylor across the coals for sexual endeavours.

In an open letter to the actress, the Pope called her relationship with Bruton “erotic vagrancy.”

While their passionate affair drew in intense criticism, Elizabeth and Richard proved their love was real when they tied the knot, and made their marriage last for ten years from 1964 to 1974 – Liz’s longest marriage to date.

“When I saw him on the set of Cleopatra, I fell in love and I have loved him ever since, practically my whole adult life,” Taylor wrote for People in 1988.

Sadly, their love didn’t last due to the actress's battle with booze and her husband’s infidelity throughout their ten-year marriage, and the pair officially called it quits on their love story in 1974.

A year later, after spending some time apart, they famously decided to rekindle their romance and tied the knot again in 1975.

After soon realising that old habits die hard, Liz and Dick couldn’t make their relationship work after reuniting and decided to part ways again after just a few short months.

In her now-iconic 1988 essay for People, the actress gushed over her ex-husband, describing him as the true love of her life – even after two divorces.

“Even though there were rough times, I wouldn’t give up one minute of my time with Richard Burton,” she wrote.

“Not a moment of the ecstatic rollercoaster years of our first marriage, nor the ill-starred attempt at a second go-round.

“We were like magnets, alternately pulling toward each other and, inexorably, pushing away. Creating a life with him was far more interesting than interpreting somebody else’s life on the screen, but then I’ve always lived my life with too much relish to be a mere interpreter of dreams.

“With Richard Burton, I was living my own fabulous, passionate fantasy. In time, it became too difficult to sustain and we physically parted, but those years will never be forgotten.”

After she took some time to get over her heartbreak, Taylor married her sixth husband, politician John Warner in 1976.

The pair enjoyed a whirlwind romance, and tied the knot within five months of their first date, but unfortunately due to Elizabeth’s dependency on alcohol and drugs, their marriage crumbled after six years in 1982.

Elizabeth remained single for a number of years following on from her divorce from John Warner.

Instead of falling into another relationship, the actress decided to work on herself, and vowed to kick her addictions before entering into a new romance with someone new.

Then, in 1991, Taylor met her most anonymous husband yet.

Elizabeth fell for Larry Fortensky, a construction worker, while the pair were seeking help for their addictions in a rehabilitation centre in LA.

The couple married at Taylor's close friend Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, and enjoyed a blissful marriage for over five years before they divorced in 1996.

Unlike her previous relationships, Elizabeth maintained a close friendship with Larry, and the pair stayed in touch until Taylor's death in 2011.

Although Elizabeth famously declared she only ever slept with the seven men she married, after her untimely death, it was claimed that she had sex with scores of actors.

The icon’s secret love life was laid bare in an astonishing litany of claims made by authors Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince in their shocking biography, Elizabeth Taylor: There Is Nothing Like a Dame.

The writers alleged that Elizabeth had secret affairs with future American presidents John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan when she first shot to stardom.

Sexually precocious and physically mature for her age, its’s written that Elizabeth set her sights on older actors and at 15 went to 36-year-old Ronald Reagan’s apartment to lobby for a film role.

According to the book, the future US president, who was married to actress Jane Wyman, gave 5ft 2in Taylor a drink and treated her like an adult.

“I could tell he wanted to get it on but he seemed reluctant to make the first move,” Taylor later told friends.

“I became the aggressor. I wished they’d been casting Lolita around that time, I could have won an Oscar playing the nymphet. After a heavy make-out session on the sofa, we went into the bedroom…” she told.

Following on from her fling with Reagan, her next political sexual encounter was with future president John F Kennedy.

JFK, who was 15 years older than the actress, is reported to have persuaded her to go skinny-dipping in actor Robert Stack’s pool.

According to the book, she told friends that she had a threesome with JFK and Stack.

In between her marriage with Todd and Wilding, Elizabeth allegedly set her sights on singer Frank Sinatra.

The actress set her heart on marrying Sinatra and, according to the book, tried to blackmail him into it by saying she was pregnant.

But he refused and allegedly made arrangements for her to have an abortion.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth was married eight times to seven men, converted to Judaism, endured several serious illnesses, and led a jet-set lifestyle, including assembling one of the most expensive private collections of jewellery in the world.

After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure at 79.

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