There's no mistaking the fact that Elizabeth Taylor was an amazing movie star. The husbands (totaling 7, but 8 actual marriages - she and Burton apparently liked it so much, they married twice!), the jewels (her extensive jewelry collection included an extravagant diamond named after her - the Taylor-Burton diamond), the drama (her turbulent life was made for scandal) - she was the very definition of a glamorous star. So it's easy to overlook sometimes that Elizabeth Taylor was also an amazing actress as well. She was nominated for Best Actress five times by the Academy (from 1957-1960 she was consecutively nominated four years in a row) and the two film that won her the award (BUtterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) are this week's subject of Twice a Best Actress from Fisti over at A Fistful of Films. What's great about her two wins is that the first represents Taylor: The Star and the second acknowledges Taylor: The Actress. Even if that first win wasn't necessarily for a good movie (and other factors weighed heavily on the eventual victory) it's a reflection of how she could still command the screen in whatever she was in, a movie star by every sense of the word. And an accomplished actress as well, as the second win confirmed. Read all about our take on La Liz here.
Best Actress 1960
Greer Garson Sunrise at Campobello
Deborah Kerr The Sundowners
Shirley MacLaine The Apartment*
Melina Mercouri Never on Sunday
Elizabeth Taylor BUtterfield 8
Best Actress 1966
Anouk Aimée A Man and a Woman
Ida Kaminsky The Shop on Main Street
Lynn Redgrave Georgy Girl
Vanessa Redgrave Morgan!
Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?*
*My Choice for Best Actress winner