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02/27/2013 08:04 am ET

Elizabeth Taylor's Birthday: The Late Actress Would Have Turned 81 Today (PHOTOS)

Elizabeth Taylor would have turned 81 today.

And in honor of her birthday, we're taking a look back at the legendary star's timeless beauty, from 1944 until her death in 2011.

Through her acting, charity work and fashion, Taylor touched the lives of many, starring in some of the most iconic films while championing HIV and AIDS programs, as well as humanitarian efforts. And the violet-eyed beauty still managed to look stunning through it all, flaunting her untouched style and luxurious diamonds for all to see.

Appearing in her first motion picture at the age of nine, Taylor eventually catapulted into success, nabbing Oscar-nominated roles in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Suddenly, Last Summer" before finally winning an Academy Award for "Butterfield8" in 1960. She was awarded her second Oscar for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1966.

Her last theatrical film was 1994's "The Flintstones."

But let's not forget, her high-profile romances were almost as infamous as her acting career! Taylor was married a total of eight times, with her most famous union being with fellow actor Richard Burton, whom she divorced in June 1974 before remarrying him in Oct. 1975 and divorcing him again in July 1976. At the time of her death, Taylor was single.

"At first, I guess I didn't know what was love and what was not. I always chose to think I was in love and that love was synonymous with marriage. I couldn't just have a romance; it had to be a marriage," Taylor said of her love life. "When I was first divorced, I was 18 and I had only been married nine months. I was very naive and really totally crushed. It was the first divorce in my family."

She's survived by her four children, sons Michael and Christopher Wilding and daughters Liza Todd-Tivey and Maria Burton-Carson, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Happy birthday, Elizabeth Taylor.

Take a look at Elizabeth's most memorable looks below:

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