When Mike Todd (b. Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) was killed in a plane crash, Elizabeth found comfort in Judaism. “I am absolutely Jewish now in my beliefs and feelings,” she said.
At her conversion, Elizabeth Taylor took the Jewish name Elisheva Rachel.
In the compulsively readable Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger report on the frequently drunken arguments in which Richard Burton and Taylor indulged over—get this—their respective Jewishness.
Costume designer Helen Rose is best known for the white chiffon dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Rose was the envy of every Hollywood designer when Grace Kelly asked her to design Kelly’s wedding dress. Rumor had it that Edith Head was livid she did not get the commission.
We wrote about Rose and Elizabeth Taylor here.
We blogged about the fascinating manner in which Grace Kelly’s wedding gown was transported from America to Europe here.
Raised in Chicago, Rose briefly dated a nice Jewish boy who was anything but. In fact, he ended up being one of the most notorious figures in the annals of American crime.