Elizabeth Taylor Children

December 13, 2011 by staff 

Elizabeth Taylor Children, We all know about Elizabeth Taylor the movie star, the glamour queen, the AIDS activist. But what about Elizabeth Taylor, the mother? In all the coverage of Taylor’s life, her children seemed like little more than a footnote. She had four of them: two sons by her second husband Michael Wilding, a daughter by her third husband Mike Todd, and an adopted daughter with her fifth and sixth husband Richard Burton.

“I don’t think we heard a lot about her as a mother because we don’t tend to think of mothers as so glamorous,” said William J. Mann, author of “How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood.” “She was this globetrotting beautiful siren who kept them out of the spotlight — she wasn’t pushing them onto TV shows as some famous parents do. there wasn’t a lot of use of her children in the media.”

Even so, their lives, like hers, took dramatic turns.

Michael Howard Wilding, 58, acted for many years, most prominently as Jackson Freemont on the now-off-air soap opera “Guiding Light.” In his teens and twenties, he showed a rebellious streak, decamping to India and then England to form a rock band, and fathering two daughters with two different women before settling down with his current wife, Brooke Palance, the daughter of actor Jack Palance.

Christopher Wilding, 55, works as a photographer and film editor. He famously married oil heiress Aileen Getty in 1981. Before their wedding, Taylor threw a star-studded party for the couple, hosting Sissy Spacek, Carol Burnett, Dudley Moore and more of her A-list friends at the home of home of Aileen’s divorced mother, Gail Harris Getty.

Christopher Wilding and Aileen Getty’s marriage also didn’t last — they divorced in 1989, and two years later, Aileen Getty revealed that she was HIV positive.

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