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Elizabeth Taylor: Remembering The World's Most Famous Divorcee

Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/23/11 08:47 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away Wednesday of a congestive heart failure, was known as much for her on-screen roles as she was for her off-screen marriages--eight, in total.

The two time Oscar winner's love life was a constant source of tabloid fodder throughout her decades-long career, from her first husband, Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, in 1951, to her last, construction worker Larry Fortensky, in 1991. When they divorced in 1997, she vowed never to marry again.

"I'm not going to join a nunnery," she once said. "I said I'm through with marriage, but I'm not through with men – that wouldn't be realistic."

Taylor's passion for love was championed by her son, Michael Wilding, who said in a statement: "My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love."

Here, a look back at her seven loves.

Conrad "Nicky" Hilton: 1950-1951
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Elizabeth Taylor married her first husband, hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, in a lavish Beverly Hills ceremony in 1950 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The reception was held at the Bel Air Hotel, and over 700 guests were in attendance including Mickey Rooney, Ginger Rogers, Joan Bennet, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and others. Eight months later, the newlyweds called it quits. "A month after our wedding I knew we'd made a mistake," Taylor told The Salt Lake Tribune in May 1951. "Our marriage couldn't last ... I have nothing bad to say against Nicky. And I assume my share of the fault in the breakup of our marriage. If I had been more mature, I could have understood many of his actions that hurt me. And, understanding, I could have forgiven him."
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