Elizabeth Taylor letters reveal her love at age 17

Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:46pm EDT
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In newly revealed love letters, a 17 year-old Elizabeth Taylor shared her dreams with her fiance before later agonizing about returning an engagement ring when the relationship soured.

The handwritten letters are from 1949, when Taylor was engaged to William Pawley Jr, who was in his 20s and the son of a wealthy American businessman and ambassador.

Taylor, who died last week aged 79, was already a famous Hollywood actress at the time, having starred in the 1944 movie "National Velvet."

The correspondence, which New Hamphire-based RR Auction is selling in May, open a window to Taylor's view of life and love, before she was to be married and divorced eight times throughout her life.

"I received your wire this morning about sending the ring and bracelet to New York," Taylor wrote Pawley in a letter dated September 20, 1949, when their relationship was ending.

"I have the ring on now -- It is sparkling so beautifully in the sunshine -- I suppose this will be the last time I have it on -- for a while at least -- take good care of it, Darling -- for my heart is embeded right there in the center of it."

Taylor died on March 23 of congestive heart failure, and is remembered as one of Hollywood's great leading ladies. She won an Oscar for "BUtterfield 8" (1960) and another for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" (1966).

RR Auction obtained the letters two years ago from a representative for Pawley.   Continued...

 
<p>A May 3, 1949 letter written by actress Elizabeth Taylor to then fiance William Pawley Jr is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters March 28, 2011. In newly revealed love letters to be auctioned, a 17 year-old Elizabeth Taylor shared her dreams with her fiance before later agonizing about returning an engagement ring when the relationship soured. REUTERS/RR Auction/Handout</p>