The Many Men Of Elizabeth Taylor

By Jacob Shelton

A young Liz Taylor ties the knot with Conrad Hilton, Jr.

What comes to mind when you see the name Elizabeth Taylor? Is it Cleopatra? Her humanitarian work? Or is it her stature as the queen of divorce? In 1951, before she was 20 years old, this Hollywood icon ended her first marriage, but there were seven more weddings (but only six husbands) waiting for her. Whether they were fellow luminaries like Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton or politicians and businessmen whose names you wouldn't know, Elizabeth Taylor's husbands are almost more famous than she is.

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Taylor was only 18 years old when she married Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr. in the first of what would be many marriages. The two tied the knot on May 6, 1950, at the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills at a massive wedding organized by MGM to herald the hot young couple. Although everything appeared to be coming up (very expensive) roses, Taylor realized within just a few weeks that she had made a huge mistake. Aside from the fact that the couple had little in common, Hilton had a drinking problem as well as a domestic violence problem. Eight months into their marriage, she was granted a divorce on January 29, 1951.

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