Married eight times to seven husbands, she married Richard Burton twice, she also broke up the marriage of her friends Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and subsequently, married Fisher.
Reynolds and Taylor rekindled their friendship years later.
During her life Taylor underwent approximately twenty surgeries and almost died from pneumonia in 1990. she had both hip joints replaced in the mid-90's, and in 1997, underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. In 1983, she admitted to a 35-year addiction to sleeping pills and pain killers, and was treated for alcohol and drug abuse at the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Taylor's survivors include daughters Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey, sons Christopher and Michael Wilding, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.