Dame Elizabeth Taylor was almost as famous for her many marriages as she was for those violet eyes.
“I am a very committed wife,” Taylor once joked. “And I should be committed, too—for being married so many times.”
Here, a look back at eight gorgeous wedding days.
Liz tied the knot with Paris Hilton’s great-uncle on May 6, 1950. She wore a $1,500 satin wedding gown, according to BRIDE finds. The pair were divorced the following January.
This was the second marriage for both Liz and British actor Michael Wilding. They were married on February 21, 1952—she wore a modest suit—and went on to have two sons, Michael and Christopher. They were divorced in January of 1957.
Liz and Michael Todd were first wed in an all-Spanish civil ceremony on February 3, 1957, in Spain. She wore this gorgeous off-the-shoulder number. It was the third marriage for both.
Liz donned a hooded gown when the pair held a second ceremony in Acapulco on March 8, 1957. Eddie Fisher, fourth to the right from Liz, served as best man; his wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, matron of honor, stands by his side. Eddie and Debbie are Carrie Fisher’s mom and dad! Liz and Michael’s daughter Liza was born in 1957.
Liz was widowed on March 22, 1958—53 years and one day ago today—when a cold kept her from flying with then-husband Michael Todd. The plane crashed, claiming Michael’s life, and Liz famously ran to the arms of Michael’s married friend Eddie Fisher for comfort. Eddie left his wife, Liz converted to Judaism, and the two were married on May 12, 1959, at Temple Beth Shalom in Las Vegas. Her green silk dress featured a hood and sheer sleeves. They divorced in 1964.
Just nine days after splitting from Fisher, Liz said “I do” to Richard Burton, her co-star in Cleopatra, in yellow chiffon and a wild floral headdress. They were married for 10 years—Liz’s longest marriage—from 1964 to 1974, and adopted a daughter, Maria, in 1964.
After a year and a half apart, Richard and Liz took a second shot at love. They tied the knot again—she wore flowers in her hair, again—in October of 1975, and were divorced again the following July.
With five failed marriages and one late husband behind her, Liz took her seventh walk down the aisle in December of 1976, this time with Republican politician John Warner.
After taking almost a decade-long break from the messy business of marriage, Liz would wear a floor-length, off-the-shoulder gown to exchange vows for the last time, this time with construction worker Larry Fortensky. The pair were married at Michael Jackson’s Neverland in October of 1991 and divorced just over five years later.