By Denis Sheehan, Editor, H&C News: Dorchester Collection announces partnership with House of Taylor.
Following what would have been the late Elizabeth Taylor’s 90th birthday, Dorchester Collection has announced a partnership with House of Taylor in honor of the legendary star and activist.
A loyal guest of The Dorchester, London and The Beverly Hills Hotel, Dame Elizabeth Taylor spent many memorable occasions of her famous transatlantic life at these legendary Dorchester Collection hotels.
During her six-decade acting career, Taylor received five Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and won the coveted award for BUtterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Her performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? also won her the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, among others.
Additionally, she was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Suddenly, last summer in 1960. Additionally, Elizabeth made her Broadway debut in a 1981 revival of the play by Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play, as well as other critical acclaim. Elizabeth has been honored with many accomplishments in her lifetime, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the BAFTA Fellowship, and a Kennedy Center Honors medallion.
His most cherished work – the commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS – has also been rewarded with several distinctions, including the French Legion of Honor in 1987, the Jean Hersholt humanitarian prize at the Oscars in 1993, the GLAAD Vanguard in 2000. , and the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001.
In 1985, Elizabeth co-founded amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, then established ETAF, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, in 1991.
In tribute to the Oscar-winning icon’s incredible legacy as an actress, businesswoman and HIV/AIDS activist, Dorchester Collection has named two of its most beloved suites in her honour; Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite at the Dorchester and Elizabeth Taylor Bungalow 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Elizabeth Taylor first stayed at the Dorchester with her mother when she was 17 and has returned to the hotel throughout her life.
The hotel’s Harlequin penthouse suite has become her home away from home. This is where she stayed when she negotiated her legendary deal with 20th Century Fox as the first actor to receive over $1 million for a movie in the Hollywood epic Cleopatra. Elizabeth Taylor met Richard Burton on the set of the film and the glamorous couple were regulars at the hotel throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
The hotel remained her London base and it was here that she stayed in 2000 for the Buckingham Palace ceremony in which she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II for her acting and charitable services, acknowledging the star. fundraising and commitment to people living with HIV and AIDS.
Likewise, the Beverly Hills Hotel served as the backdrop to Elizabeth Taylor’s life in California since she was a child. Her father Francis, who inspired her love of art, had a gallery in the hotel’s shopping arcade and she continued to be a frequent guest of the hotel throughout her life.
Affectionately known as “The Pink Palace,” the famed Beverly Hills Hotel bungalows are where Elizabeth Taylor spent many of her honeymoons. She dined regularly at the hotel’s iconic Polo Lounge where her favorite of the day “splurges” of “fried chicken with mashed potatoes and lots of gravy” is always served, and celebrated iconic moments from her life, like his Oscar win for Butterfield 8 at the Hotel. After her passing in 2011, Elizabeth Taylor’s family held a private reunion at the star’s favorite Bungalow 5.
Guests booking Elizabeth Taylor Bungalow 5 and Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite will be able to enjoy books that nod to her vision of a “kinder, braver, more beautiful world” during their stay. A copy of Taylor’s book My Love Affair with Jewelry and Christie’s auction catalog for the 2011 Elizabeth Taylor Collection: Legendary Jewels will be available to guests in the suites.
“Rooted in history, Dorchester Collection celebrates timeless stories and unforgettable moments between its remarkable properties and the people who inhabit them. We are delighted to honor our loyal guest, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and her legacy as a Hollywood superstar and HIV/AIDS activist by announcing this partnership with House of Taylor. Our legendary hotels are a ‘home away from home’ for people who make the world go round and we’re proud that the spirit of Elizabeth Taylor lives on in the suites named in her honour. » Helen Smith, Director of Guest Experience, Dorchester Collection.
“We are delighted to enter into this official partnership with Dorchester Collection, naming two of Elizabeth’s favorite suites after her. The team demonstrated a passion for Elizabeth Taylor and her legacy, and showed a strong commitment to honoring her history at the hotels. We are thrilled to know that guests of The Dorchester and The Beverly Hills Hotel will be able to experience a part of Elizabeth’s world and luxuriate in the same suites that Elizabeth loved,” House of Taylor said.
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