Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most famous actresses of her era, and her private life always drew plenty of comment. She ended up being married eight times, including two failed marriages with the same man, Richard Burton. And some of those relationships resulted in children, and later grandchildren. One of these in particular looks a lot like Taylor.
Taylor’s eight marriages became legendary, but a lot of them weren’t happy relationships. Though she began her career as a child star Taylor grew up in a strict household, and she believed marriage was a ticket out of there. There was a lot of interest in her. After a failed engagement to William Pawley Jr., she married Hilton Hotels heir Conrad ‘Nicky’ Hilton Jr. in 1950.
At the time of the wedding, Taylor was a mere 18 years old. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the studio to which she was signed, helped turn the ceremony into a massive media circus. If Taylor had wanted to back out, there was virtually no chance of doing so. And only a few weeks into that first marriage, things started to turn sour.
Taylor claimed that Hilton was abusive and an alcoholic. Just eight months after the wedding, the woman who had briefly been Elizabeth Hilton requested a divorce and got it. At a Santa Monica courthouse she told the press that her husband had been “indifferent” to her and had “used abusive language.”
The next husband for Taylor was a man from her own walk of life, a British actor named Michael Wilding. He was 20 years older than her, but Taylor claimed to find that a plus rather than a minus. There was a small wedding this time, a quiet ceremony at a London hall in February 1952. And after that two children followed.
The children were Michael, born in 1953, and Christopher, who followed two years later. But the marriage was fraught with scandal; in 1955 while Taylor was filming the movie Giant, a magazine reported that Wilding had invited strippers into the family home. The following year the couple announced that they were splitting.
The Taylor-Wilding divorce went through in January 1957, and by February Taylor was married again. This time it was to producer Mike Todd, and they had one daughter together, Elizabeth “Liza” Frances. But no-one will ever know if that marriage too would have ended in divorce. In March 1958 Todd died in a plane crash.
Needless to say, Taylor was totally overcome with grief at her loss. But amongst it all she was comforted by Eddie Fisher, the husband of actress Debbie Reynolds… and she fell in love with him as well. As he was still married, this caused another scandal, and it was a huge one. Taylor was branded a homewrecker who’d stolen away another woman’s husband.
Taylor and Fisher got married in Las Vegas in 1959. But perhaps unsurprisingly, it didn’t last. In 1962 just as Taylor was planning to adopt a child alongside Fisher, she was photographed getting rather too close to her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton. Another massive scandal had kicked off: they were having an affair.
Burton too was already married, to a woman called Sybil Williams. There was absolute disgust and outrage in the media. But for Taylor and Burton, everything seemed to work out, at least at first. They both divorced their spouses and wed in March 1964. The child Taylor wanted to adopt, Maria, came to live with them and took the last name Burton.
Taylor and Burton became arguably the first Hollywood supercouple. The media couldn’t get enough of them and their luxurious lifestyles, and nicknamed them “Liz and Dick.” They also appeared in multiple movies together, some of them especially created to take advantage of the affair scandal which still hung over them.
In 1964 Taylor gave an interview to Life magazine about Burton and her marriages so far. She had some ideas about why so many of them had failed. She told the publication, “I only had two ways of running away from everything. Go to college or get married… I really did think that being married would be like living in a little white cottage with a picket fence and roses.”
Regarding her extremely controversial affairs, Taylor told Life, “No-one will believe it – and I guess I don’t blame them – but I think I ended up being the scarlet woman partly because of my rather puritanical upbringing and beliefs. At first, I guess I didn’t know what was love and what was not.”
The movie star went on, “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. And I really don’t believe in divorce. I know that sounds pretty funny coming from me. When I was first divorced, I was 18 and had only been married nine months. I was very naïve and really totally crushed.”
And Taylor regretted her marriage to Fisher. She told the magazine, “I let myself go into marriage with Eddie because I felt so sick and dead and cold after Mike’s death. I felt I had loved and there would be nothing in my life like that again. But you have to try to survive, make contact with people.”
Taylor elucidated, “I really thought for some idiotic reason that Eddie needed me, and I should make somebody happy. It turned [out] all we had in common was Mike, who’d been his best friend. It was untenable – for both of us, I’m sure.” And then she began talking about how she believed she had finally found happiness with Burton.
On her latest husband Taylor said, “Richard, unless he wants to divorce me, will never be divorced by me. There will be times in ten years or 15 years when probably Richard and I will go through a time when… I really don’t think anything will happen… when whatever will be called for to keep our marriage together – I think I will have the guts to do.”
Of course, as it turned out those comments were just tempting fate. By June 1974 the couple were divorced. Rumor had it that the pair were constantly fighting, that Burton had strayed romantically, and that both had problems with drink. That could have been the end of it… but the separation didn’t stick. In October 1975 they got married again.
Letters from around that period indicate that Taylor was optimistic the second marriage would work. In 1975 she wrote to Burton, “Dearest Hubs, How about that! You really are my husband again, and have news for thee, there bloody will be no more marriages – or divorces, either. Yours truly, Wife.”
But, of course, she was not correct. Though Burton and Taylor clearly loved each other, they just couldn’t make it work. Both were still heavy drinkers and Taylor had developed an addiction to painkillers thanks to body pains which plagued her. Burton embarked on another affair, this time with the pretty blonde Suzy Hunt.
And so the second Taylor-Burton marriage collapsed as well. By 1976 they were divorced once more. Burton wed Hunt, and Taylor jumped into the arms of her sixth husband, politician John Warner. Taylor helped him with his electoral campaign, but once he was actually elected she began to get bored. Her addictions were also taking a toll on her.
Taylor divorced Warner in 1982. She had a couple of false-start engagements after that, once to lawyer Victor Luna and once to businessman Dennis Stein. But her seventh husband came in the form of builder Larry Fortensky, who she met in 1988 in rehab while undergoing treatment at the Betty Ford Center.
In 1991 Taylor wed Fortensky, and there was a lot of interest in the media, especially since the ceremony took place at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Taylor decided to use all the attention for a good cause. She sold the wedding photographs to People magazine for a million dollars, and used the money to create an AIDS foundation.
Taylor and Fortensky ended up divorcing too. In October 1996 it was all over, but they did remain friends. And in the years that followed, Taylor’s health took a turn for the worse. She stopped making public appearances, and had surgery on both her heart and her brain. In 2011 she passed away at the age of 79.
Taylor’s four children were, according to a statement released by a spokesman, all with her when she died. And Michael Wilding gave a statement of his own to breakfast TV news show Good Morning America, which read, “My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest with great passion, humor and love.”
Michael’s statement went on, “Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contributions to our world.” At the time of her passing, Taylor’s extended family ran to ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. And apparently they were all a big, happy family.
Not long after her death, Taylor’s biographer William J. Mann spoke to ABC News about how the actress handled motherhood. He told TV reporters, “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. 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.”
Indeed, none of Taylor’s children became movie stars, although some did work in the industry.Michael Wilding acted for a bit on the soap opera Guiding Light; Christopher Wilding became a photographer and editor; Liza Burton Tivey is a sculptor and Maria Burton once ran a talent agency with her husband.
As for the ten grandchildren, they prefer to lead mostly quiet lives, although many are also in the entertainment and arts industry. For example, Quinn Tivey is an artist; Tarquin Wilding is a filmmaker; Rhys Tivey is a musician and Andrew Wilding is a cinematographer. Along with their siblings and cousins they contribute to maintaining their grandmother’s legacy.
In 2017 some of the Taylor grandchildren did an interview with Town & Country magazine about how they were working to keep Taylor’s AIDS Foundation up and running. Laela Wilding, the first-born grandchild, said, “When she was alive, her foundation was such that she didn’t really need our help. It wasn’t until she passed away that there came a need for people to carry on what she had started.”
Her sister Naomi Wilding added in, “I think I can speak for the family in saying that it’s an opportunity we were always hoping would come to us… As time goes by, there will be people who don’t know who our grandmother was. What we’re trying to do is to make issues around HIV and AIDS more visible using her name, and with luck people will come to know what she did for that community.”
Also interviewed for Town & Country was grandson Quinn Tivey. Quinn is one of the most visible of the Taylor grandkids, and he happens to look a lot like her as well. He’s the eldest son of Liza Todd and Hap Tivey. And he inherited those huge, distinctive peepers which helped turn Taylor into a megastar.
Taylor was one of the few lucky people whose eyes were naturally a violet color, thanks to an unusual amount of melanin pigment in them. Quinn’s eyes aren’t exactly that same shade, but the resemblance is still clear. And the grandson also shares his grandmother’s dark hair and sharp nose.
Quinn also contributes his time to the AIDS Foundation. In 2017 he told Town & Country that upon hearing about it, “I immediately thought, I need to get more involved. I want to dive into the deep end of this. Through that experience we had the opportunity to see how crucial it was for her family to be participating in her legacy.”
Over the years Quinn has shared many memories of Taylor. In 2017 he told Town & Country’s Philanthropy Summit, “A lot of people do not know this, but Grandma could be really raunchy.” And he remembered that she was a woman who “had more fun talking to the waiter than the senator she was sitting with.”
In July 2019 Quinn helped auction off some of his grandmother’s property to benefit the AIDS Foundation. He told magazine The Hollywood Reporter, “Grandma devoted so much of her life to her foundation. Her work with HIV/AIDS, and her fight against all of the social injustices that run alongside HIV/AIDS, is such an important part of her legacy.”
Later on that year, Quinn also spoke about his grandmother to TV program The Morning Show. He remembered, “She was an amazing matriarch, and she would bring us together on the holidays. You knew it was something special, especially coming from a rural town where I grew up – it was very different than what I was used to.”
Quinn talked about why Taylor had started the foundation in the first place. He said, “She could not stand to see social injustice or unfairness around her. She could not stand to see stigma or the marginalization of any community of people. And she noticed at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic that there was very little being done.”
The young man went on, “But she knew she had the capacity to do a lot. She had a platform by virtue of her celebrity, and she knew how to use it. She always had the courage to speak her mind and stand up for what she believed in, so that’s what she did. She turned her public persona into an activist role and really dove into the beginning of the epidemic with radical compassion.”
Quinn concluded with, “I hope folks will not only remember her amazing career as an actress and a businesswoman, but also as the activist that she was.” Elizabeth Taylor may have lived a very scandalous life for her era, but now her grandson is working to show the world the woman behind the headlines.
It seems that Elizabeth Taylor isn’t the only celebrity with a gorgeous grandson coming up through the ranks, though. When John F. Kennedy was infamously assassinated in 1963, he left a daughter behind. Soon enough, that daughter went on to have children of her own. And now her son is beginning to turn heads for his uncanny resemblance to the late leader himself.
John Kennedy Schlossberg shares his name with both his late grandfather and his late uncle, but he prefers to go by “Jack.” He’s the son of Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, the only living child of President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The so-called “Kennedy curse” has, you see, witnessed various members of his family pass away.
It’s true that a surprisingly large number of the Kennedy family have died in unusual circumstances. John F. Kennedy – better known as JFK – was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, although many conspiracy theories surround his death. His brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was then assassinated in 1968. And plane crashes and other accidents have claimed several other Kennedys over the years.
The death of JFK is, though, perhaps the most high-profile assassination in American history. While journeying in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, he was, of course, shot and killed. Meanwhile, the President’s wife, Jackie Kennedy, was sitting right next to him. And she was present when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as her husband’s successor later that day.
After the death of John F. Kennedy, Jackie vacated the White House, retreated from the public eye and concentrated on her children, Caroline and John Jr. The loss of her husband wasn’t even the only grief that she had experienced in her life, however. She had had a stillborn daughter and a son who died two days after his birth.
Meanwhile, despite their mother’s best efforts to protect them, Caroline and John Jr. lived out the rest of their childhood under the glaring eye of the media. The former had ambitions to become a photojournalist, but she gave them up, according to People magazine, when she realized that “she could never make her living observing other people because they were too busy watching her.”
Instead, then, Caroline became an attorney, married designer Edwin Schlossberg and had three children. These were Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg and John “Jack” Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg. However, just a few years after John’s birth in 1993, tragedy struck the Kennedy family yet again.
In 1999 John Kennedy Jr. lost his life in a plane crash. His wife and his sister-in-law, who were flying with him, also died. Naturally, the tragedy devastated the family, and in addition it sparked renewed media interest in the “Kennedy curse.” John Kennedy Jr.’s uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, paid tribute to him at a public memorial service, saying, “Like his father, he had every gift but length of years.”
Now if there’s anything that these stories of a “curse” show, it’s that the life of a Kennedy is not necessarily an easy one. Not only do the family members have to live up to a legacy, but they’re also haunted by multiple ghosts. These were the circumstances into which Jack Schlossberg was born. So far, however, he has been leading a relatively normal life, although people who meet him are often pleased to note a family resemblance.
Unlike his mother, Schlossberg grew up largely away from the public eye and the glare of the camera flash. Only when he was an adult, in fact, did the media really start to take an interest in him – and they observed how very much he looks like his uncle, John Kennedy Jr. For example, Schlossberg boasts the same thick, brown hair and friendly facial features that his namesake once had.
Revealingly, meanwhile, People magazine interviewed an anonymous friend of Schlossberg’s in 2015. “Jack is very much interested in John,” the pal said. “He has an ease and a sense of humor. And he loves being compared to him. John was a rare kind of celebrity who grew up with being famous and had fun with it and didn’t let it take over his life.”
“He’s not walking around with a big sign over his head,” the source continued. “He’s not spending a lot of time thinking about his family’s legacy. It’s something he’s proud of, but it doesn’t define him.” And Schlossberg does indeed seem to be forging his own particular path in life. His Instagram, for instance, gives an insight into the sort of fun-loving person he is.
Schlossberg’s social media account is full of memes, jokes, shots of the great outdoors – and the occasional picture of him with no shirt on. Needless to say, the latter are extremely popular, and people often comment on how he has inherited his family’s good looks. There are also several photos from Schlossberg’s early childhood, providing fans with a glimpse into what it was like growing up as a Kennedy.
But Schlossberg is, of course, more than just his Instagram. He attended the prestigious Yale University and graduated in 2015. The bright young Kennedy earned his degree in history, specializing in Japanese history – and his mother was in fact the U.S. ambassador to Japan during the period from 2013 to 2017. Unsurprisingly, he also speaks Japanese.
Yet Schlossberg has other abilities and hobbies, too. For example, he’s written for publications such as The Washington Post, Time and his university’s The Yale Herald. And in these articles, he has laid out his political views, which are similar to those once held by his famous grandfather. He participates in triathlons as well, continuing the Kennedy family’s love of sports.
Schlossberg also volunteers as an EMT – something he trained to do while at Yale. “Jack sees this training as a way to give back to the New Haven community that he’s living in,” a friend of his told the New York Post in 2013. “Jack’s very aware of all the privileges and opportunities that come with his family, so his EMT training has a lot to do with the community-service aspect.”
In almost every profile written about the rising young star, there’s one unspoken question, though: could he himself run for President one day? Interestingly, then, in 2012, at the Democratic National Convention, CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley caught up with Schlossberg and asked him if he would consider a career in politics. He gave a careful answer.
“Politics definitely interests me,” he told her. “I’m most interested in public service. That’s something that I get from being part of my family, which is such an honor.” And then his mother, who of course has plenty of experience in politics herself, joined in, too. “Jack’s great,” she said. “I know whatever he does, he’ll do it with all his heart. So whatever that is, I’m fully behind it.”
Then after the question was put to him again in 2017, when appearing with his mother on the Today show, he gave a very similar answer. “I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service,” he said. “It’s something I’m very proud of. But I’m still trying to make my own way and figure things out. So stay tuned – I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Next, Schlossberg will be studying at Harvard Law School, the institution from which his grandfather graduated in 1940. And after that, the sky would seem to be the limit. His mother has already made it clear that she’ll support him in anything he does, though. So despite the infamous “Kennedy curse,” there’s always a chance that in the future there’ll be another member of the clan in the White House.
Schlossberg isn’t the only person to have inherited a famous ancestor’s looks, however. Grace Kelly’s granddaughter has also proved that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. And she looks uncannily similar to the pop culture icon who was once the prettiest woman in all of entertainment.
Living up to a very successful grandmother is hard enough. But when that grandma happens to be the radiant Grace Kelly, that feat becomes all the more difficult. As an actress and a member of the Monaco royal family, Kelly dazzled with her eye-catching beauty, unique fashion sense and supreme acting chops. What’s more, Kelly’s granddaughter Pauline Ducruet seems to be traveling in a similar direction. After all, she not only shares the same love for fashion as her iconic grandmother, but she also bears a striking resemblance to the one-time Princess of Monaco.
As one of the leading figures of the Golden Age of Television throughout the 1950s, Grace Kelly became one of the pop culture icons of her time. And after she had risen through the ranks of TV, she went on to make a splash on the big screen, landing her first movie role in Fourteen Hours in 1951.
And critically-acclaimed parts in other movies followed, such as Mogambo, High Noon and Dial M for Murder. It seemed, moreover, as if the rising star had quickly found an audience that couldn’t get enough of her acting work. However, perhaps her greatest professional achievement came in 1954. That’s when she picked up an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Georgie in The Country Girl.
It was her acting work, in fact, that warranted her arrival in France in 1955 for the Cannes Film Festival. And while there, she was asked to take part in a photography session with the Prince of Monaco, Prince Rainer. Little did she know, though, that her life would change drastically from that moment onward.
Immediately smitten by the natural beauty, Rainer then traveled to the U.S. where he pursued Kelly. In what may have seemed like a hasty move, he even proposed to her just three days after he had arrived. To complete the fairytale romance, Kelly said yes, and the two became husband and wife in April of 1956. That ceremony was famously called “The Wedding of the Century.”
Although she had to cease acting as a member of the Monaco royal family, Kelly now had a family life to focus on after the arrival of three children: Albert, Stéphanie, and Caroline. And despite the fact that she was offered many film roles throughout the ensuing years, Kelly’s dedication towards her new royal life was unflinching till the end. What’s more, the now Princess Consort of Monaco’s stylish attire helped her become a global fashion icon.
Tragically, however, Grace Kelly died in a fatal car crash in 1982 after having a minor stroke behind the wheel. She lost control of the vehicle, which then veered off the road and hurtled down a steep cliff. She was subsequently rushed to hospital with severe brain trauma and an injured femur and thorax. Unfortunately, though, doctors couldn’t do anything to successfully treat the 52-year-old princess.
In the decades since Kelly’s passing, then, her cultural impact has proved to be a profound one. However, there is one person in her family tree who seems primed to carry on her legacy: granddaughter Pauline Ducruet, daughter of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. Ducruet wasn’t born when Kelly was alive, but that isn’t deterring her from embracing the same values her grandma believed in.
Ducruet is 23 and is the 13th in line to take over the Monégasque throne. However, the young upstart isn’t simply content to reap the benefits of her lineage. Rather, Ducruet – who holds no royal title – is looking to forge her own unique path in life and follow her heart.
Indeed, she even takes after her grandmother when it comes to a unique sense of style. And Ducruet has followed her passion at New York’s Parsons School of Design, where she is studying fashion design. It seems, then, that she’d rather forge her own way in life rather than merely rest on her royal connections.
And Ducruet has even spoken of her independent streak, telling French publication Point de Vue in February 2017, “My parents never said to me, ‘You have to do this, or dress like that.’” She added, “They always let me do things in accordance with my personality. I’ve always been a little rock ‘n’ roll.”
In the same interview, she also divulged that her values and independence were aspects that were ingrained in her as a child. For this, she has credited her mother, Princess Stéphanie. She asserted, too, that she was never made to do anything but rather encouraged to go after what she believed in.
Furthermore, although Pauline’s parents split up in 1996, she has praised them for giving her a loving and supportive upbringing. “My father and my mother have both made me the young woman I am,” she said while talking to Point de Vue. “Mother has had a lot of influence over my view of things. We’re similar.”
However, Ducruet and Grace Kelly don’t just share a similar interest. They resemble each other on an aesthetic level, too, as Pauline looks like she could be her beautiful grandmother’s double. Grandparents are often the source for hereditary features in the ancestry line, and Grace and Pauline seem to be no different in that regard.
In fact, even Kelly herself would perhaps be startled at the likeness she shares with her granddaughter. And although she wasn’t fortunate enough to meet her famous ancestor while she was alive, Ducruet is still very much aware of her grandma’s impact on the world.
Rather sweetly, moreover, she sees her grandmother more as a real person than a public figure. This is largely thanks to the influence of her mother, and Kelly’s daughter, Stéphanie. Ducruet explained to Point de Vue, “When [my mom] recalls [Grace Kelly’s] memory, it is not as an actress or icon, but as a mom.”
Furthermore, it seems as if Kelly’s ethical codes have been passed down in ways that is sometimes rare amongst those in the spotlight. In short, they encourage showing respect and empathy towards others around you: the direct opposite of what some see as the increasingly vapid nature of celebrity today.
Indeed, in her Point de Vue interview, Ducruet spoke about her mother’s fondness for Kelly. In particular, she said, “She [Stéphanie] talks about her mother as the person who has instilled essential values, respect for others and tolerance, which she transmitted to us in return.”
And Ducruet herself appears to be a free spirit, unshackled by the pressures and press intrusiveness that members of royalty typically endure. That uncommon freedom, moreover, has apparently allowed her to follow her dreams and explore the world around her.
In fact, she concluded her interview by saying, “As far back as my memories go, I wanted to see the world, meet others, live my life. I grew up surrounded by much love, but I felt sometimes like I was in a bubble.” And we’re sure her strong, independent grandmother would find something to agree with there.