Architectural Digest goes inside Dame Taylor's Bel Air estate
May 27th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

Inside Elizabeth Taylor's $8.6 million Bel Air estate

You may not be able to afford Elizabeth Taylor's recently listed $8.6 million Bel Air home, but you can take a tour of the late legend's estate, thanks to the July issue of Architectural Digest.

Photographed this spring, the four-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot house was purchased by Taylor in the 1980s and decorated by her close friend Waldo Fernandez.

The walls, many awash in blues and lavenders to reflect her violet eyes, featured such artwork as Impressionist paintings, an Andy Warhol silkscreen of the actress and costume sketches from her 1968 film "Doctor Faustus."

A bronze sculpture by Taylor's daughter Liza Todd Tivey sat in the living room, while family photos, Oscars and other awards resided in the trophy room.

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Taylor's swimming pool was tiled by her nephew Christopher Taylor, and her lush garden included Cécile Brünner roses, pink cestrum and gold breath of heaven, and, of course, the Elizabeth Taylor tea rose.

Though she lived a glamorous Hollywood life, Taylor's home was anything but flashy, and she, her grandchildren and pets had the run of the house.

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“Of course when she had to appear at an important event, she would put on the most beautiful dress and the most amazing jewelry and become Elizabeth Taylor, the star,” says her friend, fashion designer Valentino. “But at home she liked a cozy life, friends, good food.”

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    April 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zella T.aylor

    I loved Liz,She was a good actress,plus there will never be another Liz Taylor,She was beautiful,also,she was well taken care of,she looked good to her last days,Love her house and would like to have one like it.She worked for her money,and knew how to invest it,God bless her and her family.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rock With You Horsegirl

    Loved her movies she played in as a child! I hope people will be more polite on this blog!

    I saw a glimpse of Michael's Neverland Ranch, it's beautiful. It's a shame that he abandoned it.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Betty

    A great actress and a wonderful person who thought of others. God bless you & hold you safely in His arms.

    May 30, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. shidso

    I can't believe how many people actually think this woman had "violet eyes". Bluish gray, blue or gray yes. But no one has purple or violet eyes. Any images of her with that color are photo-enhanced.

    Taylor was also known to use colored contacts to enhance the color of her eyes during media appearances.

    May 30, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      My grandfather had violet eyes, they DO exist, they are RARE and they were PURPLE. You do not know what you are talking about. just because you have never seen it, doesn't mean it isn't real.

      May 30, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I've seen a person with violet eyes a child who is the child of a friend of my daughters. So I know this toddler is not wearing contacts. And her eyes are violet.

      May 30, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. CC

    Living the life of a actor albeit sometimes glamourous; must be equally stressful. The image, the marketing, the publicity. Making sure to capitalize on your stardom to assure the best nest egg before you are no longer marketable or as marketable. Then, due to an actor's very public life; everything they do is scrutinized. How can an actor hold their families together under such scrutiny must be taxing. No wonder so many actors split up. Sure, actors are notoriously flamboyant where Ms. Taylor certainly comes to mind. However, I am sure many an actor seeks refuge in their private compounds, such as Ms. Taylor's described in this article. I say, good for her for taking care of her own; making a iconic name for herself in film, perfume, etc. spending her entire life in the camera's and our eye. Good for her for assuring she was well compensated for living this very public, unique and often obscure life of an actor. I hope before she slipped away from the mortal life, she had the chance to reflect to find that her memories were happy.

    May 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amy

    The garden is beautiful.

    May 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stevie68a

    Elizabeth Taylor was a hard working actress who was also talented. She has done a lot for charity during her lifetime. I
    personally enjoyed her work, and admire this great lady. It's only natural that fans like me are curious about her style, and
    how she lived. Rest in Peace, Elizabeth.

    May 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jr

    Money means all

    May 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mzchelle

    RIP Ms Liz ! U where an awesome addition to the world ! People can be so nasty ! The reason they are that way is they don`t like themselves.

    May 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. H

    Beautiful home! The garden and pool especially look fantastic.

    May 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. laurie

    The garden is magnificent.

    May 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe nowak

    Whats in it for me.Then looser do you care?

    May 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joanne

    Oh how I loved La Liz. By far she was the most gorgeous of all the Hollywood actresses, then and now. No one was even close to her beauty or her acting. To me, she looked like she was a very sweet person. I was very saddened to hear about her leaving us. I know she is somewhere very beautiful, and with her beautiful face and violet eyes. she is making heaven a more beautiful place. Rest In Peace Liz. You are greatly missed! Your Fan Always, Joanne<3

    May 29, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Wasted1

    She had a little piece of sanity left in her life after all. Considering the scrutiny she endured, that should give prospective starlets a little hope, at least.

    May 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SxyCindy

    This home was once owned by Elvis Presley! RIP Elizabeth Taylor

    May 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. F. Castro

    @Country boy: Hey bud, I manage a band and let me tell you, this is NOT the way to promote your song. All you're doing is annoying the readers and making yourself look desperate. It might give people the idea that your music's bad and this is a last resort! (It gives me the idea anyway) Make your own webpage, BUT PLEASE KEEP IT OFF OF HERE CUZ THIS THE 3rd PAGE I'VE SEEN YOUR PROMO IN!!!

    May 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Katherine

    I love that garden! I wish I could have something like it here in Arizona, but the summers are just too hot! I can't wait for my next issue of Architectural Digest to come out. I can't afford anything in the magazine, but I love looking at beautiful homes and gardens. Rob Lowe's house was featured in it some months back, and his home was beautiful, too.

    May 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. scribble

    Her home looks like a true haven to me. The garden is beautiful. RIP Ms.Taylor

    May 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Matt Way

    ...Exquisite for now and in harmony with her legacy...A great body of work with all involvedand will certainly present an offer......Matt Way

    May 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  21. rkm63

    Who in the world could live in that? LOL I could, if only I had 8.6 million dollars. Her home is as beautiful as she was.

    May 28, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  22. delia rodriguez

    Liz Taylor* may u rest in peace* u worked hard for what u had* u deserved to live a good life*

    May 28, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  23. michael j.

    Liza, you are so beautiful, just like your mother and your father, Michael Todd Always Stay that Way
    michael j.

    May 28, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  24. michael j.

    I Always was, and always will be, in love With liz and her family I know you are so beautiful in Heavon

    May 28, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  25. guy

    Every old person has some cool junk for rummage after death, ... That being said, its all tacky. Keep it..

    May 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. erich2112x

    Always wait a bit before attacking the trolls. Because once their comments have been removed, what do you have left? Just evidence that they were here, and nothing about Liz Taylor.

    May 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  27. lady grace

    Yes it is " incredible" the way folks judge others. callling her fat is totally unneccesary,besides that she is dead! b ut seemed to leave a lasting legacy.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  28. michael

    great ladywhich is very rare these days judging by the many jerks in the world and on this post. it always amazes me the idiots who are so enthralled by movie stars and their lives. I assure you it does not go both ways.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ishiibrad

      Is that like a manwhich or a sandwich or a man witch ? Because you know a sandwich is a sandwich but a manwhich is a meal ! (OMG,hope I don`t get sued by manwhich?)

      May 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Wow ishiibrad you went to a whole lot of trouble to mock someone over something non important. Making fun of people makes your day huh?

      May 30, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ishiibrad

      tom,Tommy, The Tom enator, Tommmmm ! Why ya being like this? Col TOM parker,whatcha doing Tommy,makin copies?

      May 30, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  29. jonathan p

    why are 65% of people so hung up on how the rich and famous live? GET A LIFE !

    May 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Why are YOU so hung up on those 65% of people who like to read about the rich and famous, that YOU have to reply? GET A LIFE!

      May 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • scribble

      so why are you here????

      May 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      She made her fortune peddling perfume. She had made a nice living as a movie star, but in her day, really big bucks for stars was not to be had. Many top starts in the movies in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s are just getting by today...not living in $8 million homes.

      May 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. carl

    she sounds like a wonderful lady.

    May 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |

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