A Look Inside the Homes of Elizabeth Taylor

She was known for captivating an audience with her sultry screen persona, violet eyes, and tumultuous relationships, but how did legendary actress Liz Taylor live when the cameras weren't rolling? Here's a glimpse inside the places she called home throughout the years.



1. Childhood Home in the 1930s
Heathwood, her Georgian-style childhood house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, boasted 5,082 square-feet including six bedrooms, servant's quarters, and a tennis court. Designed by architect Matthew Dawson in 1926, it was previously home to artist Augustus John. When Elizabeth Taylor's family moved in, John's paintings remained up on the walls.

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2. Her Family Home in Beverly Hills, 1940s
Holding her chipmunk, Nibbles, the 13-year-old child star poses in her childhood bedroom. Two riding saddles and tack add Equestrian stye, while sheer, ruffled curtains hang in the windows.
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3. Dressing Table, 1940s

In the corner of her bedroom, her vanity was feminine and flirty. It was also perfectly coordinated, with a ruffled floral fabric that accents her skirted vanity table, stool, and curtains.
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4. Bathroom, Late 1940s
Liz Taylor washes her face at a pedestal sink in a classic, midcentury-style bathroom at her parents' home in 1948. She lived there for ten years before marrying Nicky Hilton and moving to the Hotel Bel-Air.

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5. Modern Living Area, 1950s
Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, film producer Mike Todd, sit on a clean-lined sofa underneath an Impressionist painting in their home on April 5, 1957, just two months into their short-lived marriage. Like Taylor, Todd was an art connoisseur, and the couple purchased paintings by Degas, Utrillo, and Vuillard. "Hollywood'll think me crazy, paying that much for colored stills, pictures that don't even move," Todd once joked.

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6. Luxurious Living Room, 1970s
Liz looks ever the screen siren in 1976, perched in her glamorous New York apartment that's designed for drama with high ceilings, opulent gold curtains, and antique furniture.

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photos from top: 1: Stuart Clarke / Rex USA; 2: Peter Stackpole/Contributor/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images 3: Emage International/Getty; 4: Hulton Archive/Getty; 5: CBS Photo Archive/Getty; 6: Reginald Davis / Rex USA

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