Elizabeth Taylor was widely regarded to be one of the big film stars of the 1960s. She was considered English-American — born in London, but born to American parents. When Taylor was still a child, they moved to America, where she became a big star with MGM Studios.
Taylor actually wanted to end her career in the early 1950s, as she was unhappy with how the studios seemed to want to control her. However, her attitude changed once she started getting cast in more grown up roles in films like Giant and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She wasn't very fond of her last film for MGM, BUtterfield 8, and yet, she won the 1961 Best Actress Oscar for that role.
Soon after that, Taylor started filming one of the most expensive films made to that point — the epic Cleopatra. It was during the filming of that movie that Taylor famously fell in love with her co-star, Richard Burton. The two were married (for the first time) in 1964.
On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear some of the Cleopatra Symphony, which evolved from Alex North's score to Cleopatra.