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This photo shoot captures a 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor giving a bath to her Cocker Spaniel Amy — named for the role that Taylor played in 1949's Little Women.

By the time she was 17, Taylor had already appeared in nearly a dozen films.

The violet-eyed starlet landed her breakout role at the age of 12, starring opposite Mickey Rooney in National Velvet (1944) as a young English girl who disguises herself as a male jockey to ride a horse to victory in the Grand National race.

Thanks to Taylor's transfixing performance and equestrian experience, the film was a career-launching success. Soon every facet of young Taylor's life was under the careful management of MGM, which signed her on a seven-year contract with a $750 weekly salary.

As she grew from a precocious child actress to a young adult, the studio arranged interviews and photo shoots such as this to cultivate her image as a relatable, normal teen.

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(Original Caption) Elizabeth Taylor, the 17-year-old star of MGM studio who skyrocketed to film fame as a child star in such animal epics as National Velvet and Lassie series, is quite a collector of pets herself. One of her pets, a golden cocker named 'Amy' after Liz's role in Little Women is the costar in our series. 'Amy' like any small fry prototype of the human world has a definite allergy to soap & water. Photo shows Liz dressed for the chore in blue jeans giving her dog a bath.
(Original Caption) Elizabeth Taylor, the 17-year-old star of MGM studio who skyrocketed to film fame as a child star in such animal epics as National Velvet and Lassie series, is quite a collector of pets herself. One of her pets, a golden cocker named 'Amy' after Liz's role in Little Women is the costar in our series. 'Amy' like any small fry prototype of the human world has a definite allergy to soap & water. Liz, dressed for the chore in blue jeans makes a flying tackle after Amy who tried a fast getaway at the sight of the tub.
(Original Caption) Elizabeth Taylor, the 17-year-old star of MGM studio who skyrocketed to film fame as a child star in such animal epics as National Velvet and Lassie series, is quite a collector of pets herself. One of her pets, a golden cocker named 'Amy' after Liz's role in Little Women is the costar in our series. 'Amy' like any small fry prototype of the human world has a definite allergy to soap & water. Photo shows Liz dressed for the chore in blue jeans giving her dog a bath.
(Original Caption) Elizabeth Taylor, the 17-year-old star of MGM studio who skyrocketed to film fame as a child star in such animal epics as National Velvet and Lassie series, is quite a collector of pets herself. One of her pets, a golden cocker named 'Amy' after Liz's role in Little Women is the costar in our series. 'Amy' like any small fry prototype of the human world has a definite allergy to soap & water. Photo shows Liz dressed for the chore in blue jeans making a flying tackle after Amy who tried a fast getaway at the sight of the tub, but Amy emerges unscathed and beautiful, a perfect complement to her lovely young mistress.
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UNITED STATES: Actress Elizabeth Taylor in the 1940's. (Photo by API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1940: Elizabeth Taylor poses for a fashion photograph in Hollywood around 1940. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) as Velvet Brown in 'National Velvet', directed by Clarence Brown, 1944. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1945. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor in movie art for the film 'Courage Of Lassie', 1946. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Jimmy Lydon pulling on his collar as Elizabeth Taylor leans against him in a scene from the film 'Life With Father', 1947. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Full-length promotional portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor singing for the film, 'Cynthia,' 1947. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 15: American actress Liz Taylor in 1948 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Taylor (Spangler Arlington Brough) and British-born American actress Liz Taylor (Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor) acting in 'Conspirator'. 1949 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
A portrait of Elizabeth Taylor in the 1950s. (Photo by API/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 04: Archives: Elizabeth Taylor in 1951.
circa 1954: Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - ) the American leading lady. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
Actors Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) and Van Johnson (1916 - 2008) in a promotional portrait for the film 'The Last Time I Saw Paris', 1954. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
circa 1955: British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor, wearing a leopard-print swimsuit, holds onto a ladder in a swimming pool. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), circa 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Studio portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), 1957. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 27: Actress Elizabeth Taylor attends the 29th Academy Awards ceremony which was held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on March 27, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
A close up of actress Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1960. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Picture taken 21 april 1961 in Santa Monica, California, of British-born US actress Elizabeth Taylor with her oscar at a presentation party after being named best Actress for her part in 'Butterfield 8'. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
ITALY - MAY 08: Portrait of the American actress of English origin Elizabeth TAYLOR in Rome on May 8, 1962 during the shoot of CLEOPATRA by Joseph MANKIEWICZ (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1963: Actress Elizabeth Taylor, playing Frances Andros, rides in a car in a film still from the movie, The V.I.P.s, 1963. (Photo by Camerique/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED : Liz Taylor in leopard skin coat and hat. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor posing on the set of the film, 'The Sandpiper,' c. 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor on the film set of 'The Taming Of The Shrew' by Franco Zefferelli in 1967. (Photo by API/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
September 1967: English movie star Elizabeth Taylor attends a social function wearing an elaborate headdress of pearls and fake flowers, a jewelled dress and an emerald necklace. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor during Elizabeth Taylor Press Conference - February 5, 1968 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
British actress Elizabeth Taylor, as Ellen Wheeler, gazes into the distance and lifts her hands in astonishment from a window in a scene from the movie Night Watch, by American director Brian G. Hutton. Great Britain, 1973. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Married actors Richard Burton (1925 - 1984) and Elizabeth Taylor leans their heads together during an interview on teh newsprogram '60 Minutes,' Bel-Air, California, MArch 13, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor as Rosie Probert in the film 'Under Milk Wood', 1972. The film was based on a 1954 radio play by Dylan Thomas. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor in a scene from the film, 'Night Watch,' 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), circa 1975. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY Â MAY 7: Elizabeth Taylor and Senator John Warner attends the afterparty for the play, The Little Foxes at Xenon on May 7, 1981 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1982: Elizabeth Taylor circa 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
US actress Elizabeth Taylor attends a gala at the Paradis Latin organised for the fight against AIDS, on November 11, 1985, in Paris. (Photo credit should read PIERRE GUILLAUD/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor smiling while sitting on a sofa at her home in Los Angeles, California, April 1987. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BALLEROY, FRANCE - 1988: A portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor at Balleroy Castle in 1988 in Balleroy, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Elizabeth Taylor introduces fragrance 'Black Pearls' at Macy's in 1989 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
082644 01: Elizabeth Taylor stands with boyfriend Larry Fortensky October 26, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA. The Carousel of Hope has been the world's premier fundraiser for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. (Photo by Kip Rano/Liaison)
Elizabeth Taylor is honored at PACT at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on November 16, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Elizabeth Taylor on stage before Elton John performs at Shea Stadium on August 21, 1992 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
CANADA - SEPTEMBER 21: Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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