Speak of Catholic shame.
The multiple marriages of Elizabeth Taylor were still a focus of discussion in the tabloids.
During her lifetime, the actress, who died in 2011, was married to seven different men, one of them twice.
And one of her affairs was so public, so contentious, that the Vatican felt compelled to publicly discuss it.
In her lifetime, Elizabeth Taylor married seven men,
Taylor was also renowned for her marriages, aside from her violet eyes and storied acting career.
The actress was just 18 years old when she was married to Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton Jr, the son of hotelier Conrad Hilton, for the first time in 1950.
This was far from being her first marriage, though. Instead, the third was her.
Taylor was engaged to the billionaire Bill Pawley and the football player Glenn Davis before marrying Hilton.
However, May 6, 1950, marked Taylor’s first wedding.
And Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), her boss, paid for her wedding dress.
By this time, Debbie Reynolds, whom she had met in high school on the MGM lot, had already made good friends with her.
Michael Wilding, whom she married in 1952, was Taylor’s second husband.
Together, they had two sons, Michael Jr. and Christopher. Her third marriage was to producer Mike Todd, who, on February 2, 1957, Taylor married.
In August 1957, they welcomed their daughter, Liza Todd, and then Todd died tragically in a March 1958 plane crash.
One of Taylor’s most scandalous relationships contributed to his death: her relationship with Eddie Fisher.
Fisher was sent to console the mourning Taylor by his wife, Reynolds, and that ignited their romance.
In 1958, Fisher left Reynolds for Taylor, and they married formally in 1959, the day the divorce from Reynolds was finalized.
She started filming Cleopatra in Rome right as the press thought Taylor’s love life couldn’t get any more dramatic.
Burton had been cast as Antony, and it had not been long before an affair had begun.
Taylor’s marriage to Fisher (which Reynolds did not believe was true love at all) and Burton’s marriage to Sybil Williams ended their relationship.
And it was this relationship that attracted the Vatican’s criticism.
According to Carrie Fisher’s brother, Eddie Fisher’s affair with Elizabeth Taylor “literally ruined his career,”
One of Hollywood’s greatest scandals was the affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
One of her most successful and contentious relationships was Taylor’s with Richard Burton.
The actors were so fascinated with each other that, when they were supposed to be on set, they spent an entire day filming in one of their trailers. Paparazzi, hoping to get details about Taylor and Burton’s tryst, bribed their way onto the set as extras.
The fact that the affair was real was proven to the world by Fisher leaving Rome.
For the pair, the partnership was as dramatic as it was salacious to the media.
During filming, they were heard to get into innumerable arguments, but they somehow couldn’t get enough of each other.
“When I saw him on the set of Cleopatra, I fell in love, and I have loved him ever since, practically all my adult life,”When I saw him on the set of Cleopatra, I fell in love, and I’ve loved him ever since, practically all my adult life.
Her love affair, however, attracted strong criticism.
The affair started in Rome, which surrounds Vatican City, of course.
In an open letter to the actress, The Vatican newspaper blamed Taylor for the affair, calling her relationship with Bruton “erotic vagrancy.”
But Taylor and Burton couldn’t even break up with the Pope. Only they could do it themselves. When Cleopatra was finally finished after two and a half years of shooting, Taylor didn’t even show up for the premiere.
The constant tabloid attention surrounding her and Burton made her completely disinterested in seeing the film that had brought them together.
But they stayed together from 1964 to 1974, their longest marriage to date.
They famously divorced in 1974 and remarried in 1975.
They divorced for good in 1976.
During their marriage, Burton adopted Taylor’s daughter with Todd, and they also adopted another daughter, Maria Burton.
Carrie Fisher wrote a film for Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor about their affair with Eddie Fisher
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton married and divorced twice
In her 1988 essay for People, Taylor explained why Burton was the true love of her life, even after two divorces.
“Though there were hard times, I would not give up one minute of my time with Richard Burton,” she wrote. “Not one moment of the ecstatic roller-coaster years of our first marriage, nor the ill-fated attempt at a zw