From the moment she stepped foot onto her first film set, Elizabeth Taylor was a legend in the making. It goes without saying that her beauty was unparallelled but what made her REALLY something special was her spectacular wit and acerbic one-liners, guaranteed to floor the paparazzi — a rarity amongst the pin-up starlets of her day.
So, to remember the icon on the anniversary of her death, we've looked back at some of her most hilarious, poignant and unapologetically honest quotes that we should all live our lives by. Well, most of them anyway...
On her vices
'The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.'
On what matters in a friendship
'You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal.'
On those much-needed reality checks
'I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.'
When life gets tough…
'I'm a survivor - a living example of what people can go through and survive.'
'I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it.'
'Big girls need big diamonds.'
On always being grateful
'When people say, 'She's got everything', I've got one answer - I haven't had tomorrow.'
'Everything makes me nervous - except making films.'
Reflecting on her marriages
'I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too - for being married so many times.'
On her favourite male co-stars
'Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.'
On her pay-cheque...
'If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down.'
'I've only slept with men I've been married to. How many women can make that claim?'
Her take on personal hygiene
'Success is a great deodorant.'
On unnecessary nicknames...
'People who know me well, call me Elizabeth. I dislike Liz.'
Being passionate IS a good thing
'I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions'
On the male mid-life crisis...
'I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up. It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get.'
On living her life
'I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage.'
'It's not the having, it's the getting.'
This is officially our new life mantra
'So much to do, so little done, such things to be.'
On being hard on herself
‘I don't like my voice. I don't like the way I look. I don't like the way I move. I don't like the way I act. I mean, period. So, you know, I don't like myself.'
What an icon...