awards & nominations

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Elizabeth Taylor as "Katharina"

In this film adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, Grumio (Cyril Cusack) and Hortensio (Victor Spinetti) both long to wed the same beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, her wealthy father (Michael Hordern) will not let his daughter marry unless her hot-tempered sister, Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor), also has a suitor. Luckily, the slovenly Petruchio (Richard Burton) is looking for an affluent woman to marry, so Grumio and Hortensio pay him to try to woo the extremely volatile Katherina.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1967)NominatedBritish Actress

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Elizabeth Taylor as "Martha"

History professor George (Richard Burton) and his boozy wife, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor), return late one Saturday night from a cocktail party at the home of the college president, Martha's father. Martha announces that she invited another couple, newly appointed instructor Nick (George Segal) and his timid wife, Honey (Sandy Dennis), over for a nightcap. When the younger couple arrive, the night erupts into a no-holds-barred torrent of marital angst and verbal tirades.

Academy Award (1966)WonActress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1966)WonBritish Actress
Golden Globe (1966)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Butterfield 8 (1960)

Elizabeth Taylor as "Gloria Wandrous"

A Manhattan call girl (Elizabeth Taylor) has a tragic affair with a rich married man (Laurence Harvey).

Academy Award (1960)WonActress
Golden Globe (1960)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Elizabeth Taylor as "Catherine Holly"

In this adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play, young socialite Catherine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor) is traumatized and committed after witnessing her cousin's violent death on a trip to Europe. Her aunt, Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn), wants to hide the events of her son's death and attempts to bribe young surgeon Dr. John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) to perform a lobotomy on Catherine. But John vows to find out the truth about Catherine's state before taking any action.

Academy Award (1959)NominatedActress
Golden Globe (1959)WonBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Elizabeth Taylor as "Maggie 'The Cat' Pollitt"

After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family's Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy demands to know why Brick and Maggie haven't yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick's brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his fecund wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood).

Academy Award (1958)NominatedActress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958)NominatedForeign Actress

Raintree County (1957)

Elizabeth Taylor as "Susanna Drake"

When Southern belle Susanna Drake (Elizabeth Taylor) visits Indiana, she falls for John Wickliff Shawnessy (Montgomery Clift), an abolitionist with strong ideals. However, John falters while he lets Drake tempt him away from his true love, Nell Gaither (Eva Marie Saint). After Drake deceives John into marriage, the two move to her New Orleans household, where he discovers that mental illness runs in her family. When the Civil War begins, John uses it to escape from the unhappy marriage.

Academy Award (1957)NominatedActress

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