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The film received rave reviews from the critics and Elizabeth was nominated again for an Academy Award for best actress, but this time she lost to Susan Hayward in I Want to Live! She was still a hot commodity in the film world, though.
Then came the picture that made Elizabeth a star: MGM's National Velvet (1944). The film was a smash hit, grossing over $4 million.
Elizabeth now had a long-term contract with MGM and was its top child star.
The next year saw Elizabeth co-star with Montgomery Clift in Raintree County (1957), an overblown epic made, partially, in Kentucky. In addition, Clift was seriously injured during the film, with Taylor helping save his life.
Despite the film's shortcomings and off-camera tragedy, Elizabeth was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Southern belle Susanna Drake.
Once again, however, she lost out, this time to Simone Signoret for Room at the Top (1959).
Her Oscar drought ended in 1960 when she brought home the coveted statue for her performance in BUtterfield 8 (1960) as Gloria Wandrous, a call girl who is involved with a married man.
This was the film where she met her future and fifth husband, Richard Burton (the previous four were Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd--who died in a plane crash--and Eddie Fisher). Elizabeth was to return to fine form, however, with the role of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Her performance as the loudmouthed, shrewish, unkempt, yet still alluring Martha was easily her finest to date.
For this she would win her second Oscar and one that was more than well-deserved.
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