Birth Name: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Date of Birth: February 27, 1932
Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K.
Date of Death: March 23, 2011
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, with 1/8th Swiss-German, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and French, more distant Dutch, Welsh, and Danish
(convert to Judaism)
Elizabeth Taylor was a British and American actress and humanitarian. She twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for BUtterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
She was born in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England, to American parents, Sara Sothern (born Sara Viola Warmbrodt), also an actress, and Francis Lenn Taylor, an art dealer. Elizabeth was twice married to Welsh actor Richard Burton.
Much of Elizabeth’s ancestry was English, with colonial American roots dating back to the 1600s. One of her maternal great-grandfathers was a Swiss-German immigrant, and she also had Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) and French roots, with fairly distant Dutch, Welsh, and Danish, ancestry.
Elizabeth Taylor converted to Judaism in 1959, taking the Hebrew name “Elisheba Rachel”, and identified herself as a Jew for the rest of her life. She was buried with a Jewish service.
Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was Francis Marion Taylor (the son of Peter/Pete Prevatt Taylor and Margaret Jane Perigo). Peter was the son of Lewis Taylor and Rachel Thompson Baker. Margaret was the daughter of Jonathan Perigo and Isabella McGill. The “Perigo” line is said to originate with a French immigrant of the late 1700s, Romey Perigo.
Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Mary Rosemond (the daughter of Moses Morton Rosemond and Martha Jane/E. Likes/Lokes). Moses was the son of Philip Rosemond and Mary Morton.
Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Sylvester Warmbrodt (the son of Samuel Warmbrodt and Mollissa/Melissa Ann Flora). Elizabeth’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Siselen, Bern, Switzerland, and was of Swiss-German descent, the son of Johannes/John Warmbrodt and Elisabeth Graden.
Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Ann Elizabeth Wilson (the daughter of John A. Wilson and Sarah Glen/Glenn). Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Glen and Ann Moore.
Discussion of Elizabeth’s conversion to Judaism – http://religion.blogs.cnn.com
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