A look back at Elizabeth Taylor's most iconic moments at the Oscars

Elizabeth Taylor is an icon in every sense of the word.

The British-American actress is a five-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, who defined glamour from a very early start.

Her first Academy Award nomination came in 1957 for her work in "Raintree County" and she eventually won the Best Actress Oscar for her iconic role in "BUtterfield 8" in 1961. She accepted the award in an incredible Christian Dior gown and a bold red lip.

In 1970, Taylor presented the award for Best Picture in a lavender Edith Head dress and the Taylor-Burton diamond necklace. Today she is remembered for having one of the most expensive private collections of jewelry in the world

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Elizabeth Taylor at the Oscars Through the Years
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Elizabeth Taylor at the Oscars Through the Years
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)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 27: Actress Elizabeth Taylor poses for a portrait at the 29th Academy Awards ceremony which was held at the RKO Pantages Theatre with her third husband producer Mike Todd (left), who holds the Oscar he won for best picture for his film 'Around The World In 80 Days', and actor Yul Brynner (right) who hold the Oscar which he won for best actor for his role in the movie 'The King And I' on March 27, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 3/28/1957-Hollywood, CA- Mike Todd and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, playfully mug for photographers as they arrive at a party after the Academy Award presentations on March 27th. Todd won an Oscar for his production of 'Around the World in 80 Days.'
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Wearing a beautifully displayed million dollar diamond and low-cut gown, actress Elizabeth Taylor presents an 'Oscar' for the best movie in the 42nd Annual Academy Awards at the Music Center. The diamond was a gift from her husband, actor Richard Burton.
Backstage portrait of British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) as she poses backstage with her Oscar statuette during 33rd Academy Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, April 17, 1961. She won the 'Best Actress' trophy for her role in 'Butterfield 8.' (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) April 17, 1961 - Santa Monica, California: Actress Elizabeth Taylor holds her Oscar, the first she has ever won, with presenter Yul Brynner standing at left and behind her. Miss Taylor's performance in the movie, 'Butterfield 8' was adjudged the best performance by an actress.
17th April 1961: British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor, holding the Oscar she won for best actress in director Daniel Mann's film, 'Butterfield 8,' with husband, American singer/actor Eddie Fisher, at the Academy Awards, Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), with her Oscar for Best Actress in 'Butterfield 8', at the 33rd Academy Awards, Santa Monica, California, 17th April 1961. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - APRIL 2,1974: Actress Elizabeth Taylor poses backstage during the Academy Awards show at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles,California. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor during 46th Annual Academy Awards in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor during 48th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
George Cukor and Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actors George Hamilton and Elizabeth Taylor attend the 59th Academy Awards ceremony. (Photo by Bill Nation/Sygma via Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor during 64th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor during 64th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) at the 64th Annual Academy Awards, USA, 30th March 1992. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Larry Fortensky and Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Los Angeles, California: Elizabeth Taylor At The Academy Awards. Elizabeth Taylor holding her Humanitarian Award. (Photo by �� Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
347757 020: Elizabeth Taylor attends the 'Unforgettable: Fashions of the Oscars' pre-auction party at Christie's Auction House March 15, 1999 in New York City. The proceeds from the auction will benefit AMFAR association which conducts AIDS research. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Christina Aguilera, Sir Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor during 13th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party Co-hosted by Chopard - Arrivals at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
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Taylor made the red AIDS ribbon her signature at the 1992 Oscars, where she wore it pinned on to her white Valentino gown alongside her "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" co-star Paul Newman. One year later, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her pioneering AIDS activism and accepted the honorary Oscar in a stunning yellow Valentino.

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