Elizabeth Taylor | 1951

"A Place in the Sun" Taylor finally was given the opportunity to prove herself as an actress in George Stevens' remarkable 1951 adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy"” She plays Angela Vickers, a beautiful young heiress who falls in love with a handsome, ambitious George Eastman, played by Montgomery Clift, who is also romantically entangled with co-worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters). When Alice becomes pregnant, George drowns her so he can marry Angela. The scenes between Taylor and Clift are heartbreakingly romantic, and the strapless gown designed for Taylor by Edith Head became one of Taylor's signature looks in the early 1950s.
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