Elizabeth Taylor's Many Marriages

VIDEO: Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.
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Elizabeth Taylor was a woman of abundance. She was endowed with outsized beauty, outsized fame and outsized appetites.

"I feel very adventurous," she was once quoted as saying. "There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them."

Though a brilliant actress, her remarkable talent was frequently outshone by her offscreen antics. "My troubles all started because I have a woman's body and a child's emotions," she once said.

Over the years, she would become as famous (if not more) for her love life as for her acting.

She was married a staggering eight times to seven men -- she wed Richard Burton, the love of her life, twice.

Throughout her life, she noted, people would remark that she was blessed with everything. "I've got one answer," she said. "I haven't had tomorrow."

Sadly, there are no more tomorrows for Taylor, who died March 23, 2011 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she checked in six weeks earlier suffering from congestive heart failure. And perhaps just as sadly, no more lovers.

Here's a look back at her many marriages:

1. Conrad "Nicky" Hilton: May 1950 - Feb. 1951

The first of her many marriages was at just 18 to the heir to the Hilton hotel empire. Conrad Hilton (the great-uncle of Paris Hilton) was a socialite, playboy, gambler and businessman -- he would go on to head TWA. The union was brief and tumultuous: Hilton, an alcoholic, was physically and emotionally abusive to Taylor.

2. Michael Wilding: February 1952 - January 1957

Lasting a full five years, marriage number two -- to a British actor -- was substantially more successful than Taylor's first. The marriage was also Wilding's second. He was twice Taylor's age and gave her stability in the wreckage of her marriage to Hilton. The couple had two sons together -- Michael Jr. and Christopher -- but ultimately the relationship soured as Taylor's stardom increasingly outshone that of her husband.

3. Michael Todd: February 1957 - March 1958

Taylor was already pregnant with Todd's daughter, Liza, when they married. The flamboyant producer had wooed Taylor with lavish gifts and grand gestures. The relationship would be tempestuous, but apparently happy. Although Richard Burton has long been perceived as the love of Taylor's life, she said in one of her last interviews that "I was happiest with Mike Todd." Taylor was supposed to have been on the plane that crashed, killing Todd in 1958, but stayed home with a cold after her pleas to come along were overruled.

4. Eddie Fisher: May 1959 - March 1964

One of the world's most famous and successful singers in the 1950s -- selling millions of records and a host of his own TV show -- Fisher scandalously divorced his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, to marry Taylor. Fisher, who was a comfort to Taylor at Todd's funeral, had been Todd's best friend (and best man at their wedding). Unfavorable publicity surrounding the affair and divorce led NBC to cancel Fisher's television series in March 1959. When Taylor and Fisher wed, Taylor ostentatiously declared "Our honeymoon will last 40 years." Their marriage lasted only five.

Burton: The Tempestuous Love of Her Life

5. Richard Burton: March 1964 - June 1974
and 6. Richard Burton: Oct 1975 - Aug 1976

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