Taylor's popularity skyrocketed with her roles in Lassie Come Home (1943) and National Velvet (1944). By the early '50s, she had moved into grown-up parts in Father of the Bride (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), Ivanhoe (1952) and Elephant Walk (1954). She won the Best Actress Oscar in 1961 for Butterfield 8 and again in 1967 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (opposite her two-time husband, Richard Burton).
Health issues restricted Taylor's screen appearances in later years to occasional feature films such as 1994's The Flintstones and made-for-TV fare such as 2001's These Old Broads. She died March 23, 2011.