The Many Men Of Elizabeth Taylor

By | January 26, 2020

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.

Michael Wilding, Liz's elderly beau 

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After her disastrous marriage to Nicky Hilton, the next in the succession of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands was understandably his polar opposite. On February 21, 1952, she married Michael Wilding, an English actor who was 20 years her senior. The two met while Taylor was filming Ivanhoe, and despite the age difference, he offered her a quieter, stabler relationship that she was more than ready for. Their wedding was the complete opposite of her first, too: Instead of a lavish affair, the two were wed in a small ceremony at Caxton Hall in London. They lasted long enough to have two kids together, but she slowly drifted away from Wilding, and after hearing that he had an affair with an exotic dancer, the two divorced in 1957.