Famous Migraineur: Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide
  • Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, once hailed as "the most beautiful woman in the world," was also a Migraineur. Dame Elizabeth Taylor was born on February 27, 1932, to her American parents Francis and Sara, in England, where she lived with her older brother Howard. The Taylor family lived in London, where her father was a successful art dealer and gallery owner, until Elizabeth was about seven. Ms. Taylor's father also operated another art gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, while her mother (one time employed as an actress) was home raising her family. During the late 1930's, with the ever increasing turbulence growing in Europe, the Taylor family moved to America, where Elizabeth's mother began to coach her into show business.

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    Ms. Taylor's beauty was quickly identified and her first acting job was in a film called There's One Born Every Minute (1942) with Universal Studios. A few short years later she became a client of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer(MGM), who represented the biggest and the best stars of that era. Lassie Come Home (1943) was the first movie she played a role in under MGM Management and then had some small parts in Jane Eyre (1943) and The White Cliffs of Dover (1944). But it was the movie National Velvet (1944) that made Ms. Taylor a star. However this also began her lifelong battle with various medical issues because while shooting one scene she was tossed from her horse and broke her back. Being born with scoliosis, this break aggravated an already sensitive back. But she was a trooper, and finished the film. Its been reported that she suffered Migraines from an early age.


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    Last updated April 27, 2011.

Published On: April 27, 2011