Elizabeth Taylor's Husbands Ranked in Order of Fabulousness

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Elizabeth Taylor married eight times to a total of seven people, but some were more memorable than others.

Here are my rankings of the men she said "I do" to, in ascending order of merit.

(7) Larry Fortensky (1991-1996). A lowly construction worker! So out of her league! He must have thought, "I can't believe I'm drilling Liz Taylor!"

(6) John Warner (1976-1982). A Republican! That's almost as low as a construction worker! What was she thinking?

(5) Conrad Hilton, Jr. (1950-1951). Nine unhappy months. Hilton relationships never last. Look at Paris.

(4) Michael Wilding (1952-1957). One of a string of marriages for both of them. He was another failed father figure for Liz. At least they produced two sons.

(3) Michael Todd (1957-1958). This was the only Liz marriage that didn't end in divorce. But Mike's death by plane crash devastated the screen goddess. The relationship was the real thing -- one of her two top loves of a lifetime.

(2) Eddie Fisher (1959-1964). I loved Eddie -- he crooned "Oh Mein Papa" to my parents and considered me a younger lookalike. And his high-profile marriage to Liz was the scandal of the decade -- the original Brangelina, as it were. He will be legendary for that alone, if not for appearing in Butterfield 8.

(1) Richard Burton (1964-1974 and again 1975-1976). Liz and Dick were so hot for each other they married twice! They were a great couple, with lots of fiery fighting and passionate making up; tons of jewelry, booze, suspicions, traveling, and Here's Lucy appearances. In all their unquenchable tabloid appeal, they proved that a real relationship is much better p.r. than a fake one. No one from High School Musical could ever top them.

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Triciaklm
Triciaklm

Mike Todd was the best husband for Elizabeth Taylor.  A strong man.  I don't think they would have divorced.  He wouldn't have allowed it!

lowly construction worker
lowly construction worker

Larry Fortensky (1991-1996). A lowly construction worker!

Lowly construction worker? The type of guy you enjoy f**king you in the ass?

signedLowly Construction Worker

carrie fisher
carrie fisher

Is it true that richard burton took a shit on liz's face while quoting from shakesphere?

Ron Mwangaguhunga
Ron Mwangaguhunga

this is so genius. You had me at "Elizabeth Taylor's Husbands Ranked In Order of Fabulousness"

Betty
Betty

I would say that Mike Todd was Elizabeth Taylor best husband, although he did not respect her and he was very physical with her. Same as her first husband. I believe Eddie Fisher should be number 2, since he paid a high price for her. I am sure she loved him but he was not the tough guy like Todd and Burton. She cried when she heard of Eddie's death. She did live a very sad existence the last years of her life, with no one but servants living in her mansion with her. Now she is at peace.

Missboo42
Missboo42

Read Kitty Kelley's book on Ms. Taylor and you will change your mind about why all her marriages ended in divorce. She was beyond high maintenance. Although it takes two to tango, she pretty much ended his future as the greatest British actor of our time. Once he sobered up (years after Liz) he said to his last wife, "Did I really do all that? Did I really buy all those jewels?" She ruined her own film career with her excesses, too. No one could have ever dreamed she would look so dreadful as she did when she died. A curse really. If she had died in the early 60s when she was very ill she would have been a beautiful icon forever like Marilyn Monroe. Yes, she got on the AIDS bandwagon early on and saved many lives, I'm sure. If she had not championed a cause she would have dropped out of sight 40 years ago and would have been a real life Norma Desmond. She had a sad, sad life. No one ever said no to her. Read all the books. They're out there. I thought she was beautiful and moderately talented but I did not respect her.

Ligaya
Ligaya

You take Kitty Kelley as an objective, reliable source?

Melinda9
Melinda9

I don't like extreme goddess worship, but I think you're being a little harsh on LTaylor. If RBurton didn't take his career seriously, I don't think that was her fault. And I don't think her life was especially sad - if we live long enough, almost all of us will end up old and decrepit and alone.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Well, all of us will be old - the decrepitude and aloneness may vary.

Kate Hurlahe
Kate Hurlahe

Sad, really. You should take your own advice and read all the stories - from co-stars, studio workers and even caters.

Elizabeth Taylor was a real person; full of positives and negatives.

The work that she did in the 80's to bring AIDS to the forefront was truly life saving. Even her legacy will carry that work forward as it has been reported that her jewelery collection will be sold and the proceeds used for AIDS research.

Kukla
Kukla

Feel better about yourself now, dear?

Rabbit
Rabbit

Kind of ironic that the Vatican actually praised ET when she died. In the 60s, it referred to her as "The World's Homewrecker" or something like that!

Benji
Benji

And she did so much AIDS work, including urging people to wear condoms. The Vatican is against condoms except for male hustlers!!!

Movielover
Movielover

Oh, Mikey! Did your family know Eddy Fisher that personally? Neat! I loved that any-time-you're-feelin'-lonely song he sang. He must have been quite hot to bag both Debbie and Liz.

Benji
Benji

I liked her John Warner period. Conrad Hilton probably should be the lowest. I think the studio made her marry him.

Tats
Tats

I agree with Larry as the lowest, though they must have had hot sex.

I'd probably put Mike Todd at #1 over Eddie Fisher considering Liz loved him a lot and ended up not loving Eddie.

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