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Elizabeth Taylor's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Her Storied Career

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 03:55 PM

Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor has not only been lauded for her incredible career achievements, but for her outstanding humanitarian work as well. She used her fame as a platform to champion more research for finding a cure for AIDS and HIV. The entertainment industry rewarded and respected her for both her talents both on and off the big screen.

Here's a look at some of her greatest career highs.

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

Taylor was nominated for an Oscar five times, each in the Best Actress In a Leading Role category. Her first three nominations, for “Raintree County” (1957), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958) and “Suddenly, Last Summer,” were unsuccessful, but she finally took home the statue at the 1961 awards ceremony for her role in “Butterfield 8,” and then won again in 1967 for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.” Unfortunately Taylor couldn’t make it to the latter ceremony and Anne Bancroft took to the stage to accept the award in her honor.

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“I remember at the Oscars in 1961 for ‘Butterfield 8,’ I was so scared,” Taylor told fashion designer Michael Kors in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “I never thought I'd win. I thought the script was bad. When they called my name, I got up and could hardly walk. I'd just come back from London, where I had nearly died of pneumonia. I got to the stage, and I hadn't prepared a thing. I just said in a breathy voice, ‘Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much’ and I tottered off.”

Golden Globe Nominations and Wins

Taylor was certainly no stranger to the Golden Globes, scoring nine nominations and winning six of them. Most notably she was given the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1985, which is presented annually to someone who has given “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” according to the Golden Globes governing council with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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BAFTA Awards Nominations and Wins

Taylor received four nominations from BAFTA over the course of her career, including two for Best British Actress and one for Best Foreign Actress. She won for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1967 and then received an Academy Fellowship award in 1999.

Other Awards and Recognition

As a beloved member of the Hollywood community, Taylor received a host of other awards and nominations. According to ABC News, Taylor won many accolades for her efforts to help those affected by AIDS/HIV, like a nomination from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists for a Humanitarian Activism Award in 2011 and a Vanguard Award at the 2000 GLAAD Media Awards.

Taylor also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, but perhaps less impressively – although very much in good fun – she received a Razzie Award nomination in 1995 for Worst Supporting Actress in “The Flintstones.”

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