(14 Mar 2022, 12:03 +07)
The Dorchester Collection has partnered with
House of Taylor to celebrate the life of the late Dame Elizabeth
Taylor, who would have celebrated her 90th birthday on 27
As a tribute to the Oscar-winning icon’s
incredible legacy, Dorchester Collection has named two of its most
beloved suites in her honour: the Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite
at The Dorchester in London and the Elizabeth Taylor Bungalow 5 at
The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor stayed at The Dorchester,
London for the first time with her mother as a 17-year-old, and
returned to the hotel throughout her life.
The hotel’s penthouse Harlequin Suite became her
home away from home, and was where she stayed when she negotiated
her legendary deal with 20th Century Fox as the first actor to
receive over a million dollars for a movie in the Hollywood epic
Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite at The Dorchester hotel in London
Dame 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
she stayed in 2000 for the Buckingham Palace ceremony in which she
was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to acting and charity,
recognising the star’s fundraising for and commitment to people
living with HIV and AIDS.
Similarly, The Beverly Hills Hotel served as a
backdrop to Elizabeth Taylor’s life in California dating back to
her childhood. Her father Francis, who inspired her love of art,
had a gallery in the hotel’s shopping arcade and she went on to be
a frequent guest of the hotel throughout her life.
Affectionately known as the “Pink Palace”, The
Beverly Hills Hotel’s famed bungalows are where Elizabeth Taylor
spent several of her honeymoons.
She dined regularly at the hotel’s iconic Polo
Lounge where her “splurge” day favourite of “fried chicken with
mashed potato and lots of gravy” is still served, and celebrated
iconic moments of her life, such as her Oscar win for BUtterfield
8 at the hotel. After her passing in 2011, Elizabeth Taylor’s
family hosted a private gathering in the star’s favourite Bungalow
Guests booking Elizabeth Taylor Bungalow 5 and
Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite will be able to enjoy books that
give a nod to her vision for a “kinder, braver, more beautiful
world” during their stay. A copy of Taylor’s book My Love Affair
with Jewelry and the Christie’s auction catalogue for the 2011 The
Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels will be
available for guests to read in the suites.
“Steeped in history, Dorchester Collection
celebrates timeless stories and unforgettable moments between its
remarkable properties and the people who inhabit them,” said Helen
Smith, Dorchester Collection’s Chief Customer Experience Officer.
delighted to honour 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
turn and we are proud that Elizabeth Taylor’s spirit lives on in
the suites named in her honour.”
Dame Elizabeth Taylor received five Academy
Award nominations for Best Actress and won the coveted prize for BUtterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Her performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
also earned her the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress and the
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, among others.
She was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, winning Best
Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama for Suddenly, Last Summer in
Elizabeth made her Broadway debut in a 1981
revival of the Lillian Hellman play The Little Foxes, which earned
her a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play,
along with other critical acclaim.
Elizabeth was honoured with many lifetime
achievements, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen
Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the BAFTA fellowship and a
medallion at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Her most cherished work — the commitment to the
fight against HIV/AIDS — was also recognised with several honours,
including the French Légion d’Honneur in 1987, the Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards in 1993, the GLAAD
Vanguard Award in 2000, and the Presidential Citizens Medal in
In 1985, Elizabeth co-founded amfAR, The
Foundation for AIDS Research, and then established ETAF, The
Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, in 1991.
“We are pleased to enter into this official
partnership with Dorchester Collection, naming two of Elizabeth’s
favourite suites after her. The team there has demonstrated a
passion for Elizabeth Taylor and her legacy, and have shown a
strong commitment to honouring her history at the hotels. We are
thrilled to know that guests of The Dorchester and The Beverly
Hills Hotel will get to experience part of Elizabeth’s world and
luxuriate in the same suites that Elizabeth loved,” said House of
Taylor in a statement.