Martha asked me yesterday if I would find and post a photo of Elizabeth Taylor, preferably from A Place in the Sun, to celebrate Taylor's birthday on Feb. 27. I had already posted a Vintage Image of the Day, so I promised I would find and post an appropriate photo today.
George Stevens won a Best Director Oscar for A Place in the Sun, the 1951 drama based loosely on Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy. Stevens would direct Taylor again later in Giant (and would again win Best Director). Montgomery Clift (above) was nominated for Best Actor, but lost to Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen. Taylor was not nominated, but her role in A Place in the Sun was perhaps the first time critics took her seriously as a grown-up actress.