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"National Velvet" (1944): Elizabeth Taylor's star-making role casts her as a young jockey who teams with a novice trainer (Mickey Rooney) to enter England's celebrated Grand National horse race.

"Father of the Bride" (1950): Taylor is a charmer as the original "Bride" whose upcoming wedding turns her father (Spencer Tracy) into a nervous wreck.

"A Place in the Sun" (1951): Director George Stevens won an Oscar for guiding Taylor and others through the drama of an ambitious man (Montgomery Clift) torn between two lovers.

"Giant" (1956): It's easy to see how Taylor's lovely Leslie becomes the woman between a Texas rancher and a rebel (Rock Hudson, James Dean) as she teams again with director Stevens - again an Oscar winner here - on this sprawling version of Edna Ferber's novel.

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958): Taylor makes an excellent Maggie to Paul Newman's Brick and »

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