Elizabeth Taylor: Oscar winner hospitalized with congestive heart failure
Two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor has been hospitalized for treatment of congestive heart failure. Taylor has suffered from this condition for several years.
The 78-year-old Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? star was admitted to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the last couple of days (Feb. 9–10), according to various sources. She underwent heart surgery in October 2009.
“Her family and close friends are appreciative of the warm support and interest of her loyal fans,” a statement from her representatives says, “but have asked that people respect her privacy and allow her medical team the time and space to focus on restoring her back to health.”
On a tweet dated Feb. 9, Taylor (or whoever actually writes those @DameElizabeth tweets) said nothing about her health, announcing instead that “My interview in Bazaar with Kim Kardashian came out!!! http://j.mp/eqQsGa.”
Five Oscar nominations
Elizabeth Taylor’s two Best Actress Oscar wins were for:
- Butterfield 8 (1960), following a tracheotomy.
Dir.: Daniel Mann.
Cast: Laurence Harvey. Eddie Fisher. Dina Merrill. Susan Oliver. Betty Field. Mildred Dunnock. Jeffrey Lynn. Kay Medford. George Voskovec.
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), following some really outstanding acting.
Dir.: Mike Nichols.
Cast: Richard Burton. George Segal. Sandy Dennis.
She was nominated for three other Best Actress Academy Awards:
- Raintree County (1957).
Dir.: Edward Dmytryk.
Cast: Montgomery Clift. Eva Marie Saint. Agnes Moorehead. Lee Marvin. Rod Taylor. Nigel Patrick.
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
Dir.: Richard Brooks.
Cast: Paul Newman. Burl Ives. Judith Anderson. Jack Carson. Madeleine Sherwood.
- Suddenly Last Summer (1959).
Dir.: Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Cast: Katharine Hepburn. Montgomery Clift. Mercedes McCambridge.
Elizabeth Taylor movies
And here are a handful of other key Elizabeth Taylor films.
- National Velvet (1945).
Dir.: Clarence Brown.
Cast: Mickey Rooney. Anne Revere. Angela Lansbury.
- Little Women (1949).
Dir.: Mervyn LeRoy.
Cast: June Allyson. Peter Lawford. Margaret O’Brien. Janet Leigh. Rossano Brazzi. Mary Astor. Lucile Watson. C. Aubrey Smith. Elizabeth Patterson. Leon Ames. Harry Davenport. Richard Wyler (as Richard Stapley). Connie Gilchrist. Ellen Corby.
- A Place in the Sun (1951).
Dir.: George Stevens.
Cast: Montgomery Clift. Shelley Winters. Anne Revere.
- Giant (1956).
Dir.: George Stevens.
Cast: Rock Hudson. James Dean. Mercedes McCambridge. Jane Withers.
- Cleopatra (1963).
Dir.: Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Cast: Richard Burton. Rex Harrison. Roddy McDowall.
- The V.I.P.s (1963).
Dir.: Anthony Asquith.
Cast: Richard Burton. Louis Jourdan. Rod Taylor. Orson Welles. Margaret Rutherford. Maggie Smith. Elsa Martinelli.
- The Sandpiper (1965).
Dir.: Vincente Minnelli.
Cast: Richard Burton. Eva Marie Saint.
- Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967).
Dir.: John Huston.
Cast: Marlon Brando. Brian Keith. Julie Harris. Robert Forster. Zorro David. Gordon Mitchell. In an uncredited role: Harvey Keitel.
- The Mirror Crack’d (1980).
Dir.: Guy Hamilton.
Cast: Angela Lansbury. Kim Novak. Rock Hudson. Tony Curtis. Geraldine Chaplin. Edward Fox. Dinah Sheridan.
Elizabeth Taylor husbands
Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times, including twice to the same man.
- Socialite Conrad Hilton Jr. (1950-51).
- Spring in Park Lane and Under Capricorn actor Michael Wilding (1952-57).
- Around the World in 80 Days producer Mike Todd (1957-58).
- Bundle of Joy and Butterfield 8 actor-singer Eddie Fisher (1959-64), Debbie Reynolds’ former husband and father of Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher.
- Seven-time Academy Award nominee and frequent co-star Richard Burton (1964-74).*
- Richard Burton once again (1975-76).
- Republican Senator John Warner (1976-82).
- Construction worker Larry Fortensky (1991-96).
Richard Burton Oscar nominations
* Richard Burton’s first Academy Award nod was in the Best Supporting Actor category. The other six, as Best Actor.
- My Cousin Rachel (1952).
Dir.: Henry Koster.
Cast: Olivia de Havilland. Audrey Dalton. Ronald Squire. George Dolenz. John Sutton.
- The Robe (1953).
Dir.: Henry Koster.
Cast: Jean Simmons. Victor Mature.
- Becket (1964).
Dir.: Peter Glenville.
Cast: Peter O’Toole. John Gielgud. Gino Cervi. Paolo Stoppa. Donald Wolfit. Pamela Brown. Sian Phillips. David Weston. Martita Hunt. Percy Herbert. Niall MacGinnis. Felix Aylmer.
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965).
Dir.: Martin Ritt.
Cast: Claire Bloom. Oskar Werner.
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
- Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).
Dir.: Charles Jarrott.
Cast: Geneviève Bujold. Anthony Quayle. Irene Papas.
- Equus (1977).
Dir.: Sidney Lumet.
Cast: Peter Firth. Colin Blakely. Joan Plowright. Harry Andrews. Jenny Agutter. Kate Reid
Mickey Rooney gets restraining order against stepson
Mickey Rooney, 90, has received a temporary restraining order against his stepson, Chris Aber, whom the former MGM star accuses in court filings of being verbally abusive, meddling in his finances, and withholding food and medicine from him.
The Feb. 2011 court filing states that “Chris is verbally abusive toward Mickey. He yells and screams at Mickey. He threatens, intimidates, bullies, and harasses Mickey.
“Mickey is effectively a prisoner in his own home.”
Temporary conservatorship obtained
According to an Associated Press report, Aber must stay 100 yards away from Mickey Rooney and his home, and has been forbidden from contacting his stepfather until a court hearing on Feb. 24.
Rooney’s attorneys have also obtained a temporary conservatorship of the actor’s assets.
In a statement, Rooney wrote the following:
“All I want to do is live a peaceful life, to regain my life and be happy. I pray to God each day to protect us, help us endure, and guide those other senior citizens who are also suffering.”
March 2 update: Earlier today, Mickey Rooney testified before a U.S. Senate hearing on elder abuse. See video below.
Mickey Rooney top box office attraction
Voted the top box office draw in the United States in 1939, Mickey Rooney is best remembered for a series of juvenile musicals co-starring Judy Garland.
Rooney has received four Academy Award nominations:
- Best Actor for Busby Berkeley’s Babes in Arms (1939).
Winner: Robert Donat for Sam Wood’s Goodbye Mr. Chips.
- Best Actor for Clarence Brown’s The Human Comedy (1943).
Winner: Paul Lukas for Herman Shumlin’s Watch on the Rhine.
- Best Supporting Actor for Lewis R. Foster’s The Bold and the Brave (1956).
Winner: Anthony Quinn for Vincente Minnelli’s Lust for Life.
- Best Supporting Actor for Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion (1979).
Winner: Melvyn Douglas for Hal Ashby’s Being There.
Additionally, Rooney was handed an Honorary Oscar in 1983.
Mickey Rooney movies
Other notable Mickey Rooney movies include:
- Best Picture Academy Award nominee Boys Town (1938).
Dir.: Norman Taurog.
Cast: Best Actor Oscar winner Spencer Tracy.
- Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), and about a dozen other movies in the Andy Hardy series.
Dir.: George B. Seitz.
Cast: Lewis Stone. Fay Holden. Ann Rutherford. Judy Garland. Lana Turner. Cecilia Parker. Mary Howard. Gene Reynolds. Don Castle. Betty Ross Clarke. Marie Blake. Raymond Hatton.
- Killer McCoy (1947).
Dir.: Roy Rowland.
Cast: Ann Blyth. Brian Donlevy. James Dunn. Tom Tully. Sam Levene. James Bell. Gloria Holden. June Storey. Bob Steele. David Clarke.
Elizabeth Taylor movies’ info via the IMDb.
Publicity image of a very young Elizabeth Taylor in Giant: Warner Bros.
Statement regarding her health and need for privacy via People.com.