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Elizabeth Taylor on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

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Elizabeth Taylor has long considered to be one of Hollywood's classic beauties. She is most often associated with her best known movie roles in "Cleopatra," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," and "National Velvet."

Yet what many people may not realize about the actress is how many TV roles she had, especially later in life following her Hollywood success. Listed below are just a few examples of how Taylor's star power went beyond the big screen.

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Between Friends (1983)
Joining forces with the dynamic personality of Carol Burnett, Taylor played Deborah Shapiro, and she and Burnett portrayed two middle-aged women who are drastically different from one another yet develop a close friendship while going through daily life. Taylor's performance was critically acclaimed, earning her a Cable ACE Award nomination for Best Actress in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program.

North and South (1985)
Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed a six-episode stint as Madame Conti on the wildly popular ABC-TV miniseries, North and South. Taking her place among a star-studded cast including Patrick Swayze, Morgan Fairchild, and Kirstie Alley, Taylor depicted a storyline based on the 1980s trilogy of novels by John Jakes. Covering the time period just before, during and immediately after the American Civil War, the dramatic saga follows the close friendship of two best friends finishing themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.

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Poker Alice
(1987)
Taking on the role of Alice Moffit, a gambling woman disowned from her family due to her risk-taking ways, Taylor stars in this show with Tom Skerritt and George Hamilton.

The Simpsons (1992-1993)
Many people may be surprised to know that Taylor lent her velvety voice to the popular TV series back in the early 1990s. She even served as the voice for the only word ever spoken by Maggie Simpson.

The Nanny and Murphy Brown (1996)
You know a star is famous when they can appear on popular cult TV shows like "The Nanny" and "Murphy Brown" as themselves, which is exactly what Elizabeth Taylor did. Playing herself, Taylor got some laughs in both comedy sitcom appearances.

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