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Elizabeth Taylor | Elizabeth Taylor with her kids | Elizabeth Taylor's grandkids | Source: Getty Images
Elizabeth Taylor | Elizabeth Taylor with her kids | Elizabeth Taylor's grandkids | Source: Getty Images

Elizabeth Taylor Was ‘Responsible for Raising’ 10 Grandkids — One of Them Has Her ‘Famous Violet Eyes’

Esther NJeri
Sep 28, 2023
08:30 P.M.

Elizabeth Taylor ruled the 1950s as one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema. But at 39, she received another title of grandmother, one that she fully embraced. Meet the trailblazer's grandchildren.

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The world recognizes Elizabeth Taylor as a glamorous Hollywood icon best known for her activism, business sense, and beauty. She became the first celebrity to start a fragrance empire, a course she remained loyal to until her final days.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1950. | Source: Getty Images

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1950. | Source: Getty Images

Most undeniable, however, was her string of headline-worthy romances that saw her get married eight times — twice to the same man. From her numerous marriages, Taylor became a mother to four, a grandmother to ten -- some of whom became entertainers like herself -- and a great-grandmother of four.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton hold their granddaughter Laela January 15, 1973 in Gstaad, Switzerland. | Source: Getty Images

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton hold their granddaughter Laela January 15, 1973 in Gstaad, Switzerland. | Source: Getty Images

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However, many of them did not consider the "A Place in the Sun" actress a Hollywood superstar or style icon like everyone else did. They instead thought of her as the "loving, squishy, delicious" grandma who was always welcoming to her grandchildren.

Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner  photographed with their children in 1976 | Source: Getty Images

Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner photographed with their children in 1976 | Source: Getty Images

She fully embraced the responsibility of raising her grandchildren, who describe her as a woman who tried to make the world a better place by eliminating injustices.

Granddaughter Laela Wilding’s Memories of Her Grandmother

Laela Wilding, daughter of Taylor's son, Michael Wilding Jr., holds nothing but beautiful memories of her grandmother and had only good things to say about her. "She was that person who saw injustice and started talking about it and never stopped talking about it," she said.

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Elizabeth Taylor's first granddaughter Laela Wilding | Source: YouTube/International AIDS Conference

Elizabeth Taylor's first granddaughter Laela Wilding | Source: YouTube/International AIDS Conference

She remembers Taylor as an adoring woman and a matriarch who continues to be an inspiration to many women worldwide despite her demise years ago.

Additionally, Laela speaks fondly of "The Girl Who Had Everything" actress and especially retells how her grandmother gifted her a boxful of party dresses that she often wore to dinner.

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But she also remembers her grandmother gifting her a necklace she bought herself when she became independent. And on Laela's wedding day, Taylor gave her another necklace that she thought was special. She recalled, "It was a gift that she had received from our grandfather, Michael Wilding. So that was very precious to me."

Laela is today a yoga instructor and graphic designer in Portland, Oregon. She also works closely with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, just as her grandmother had done during her tenure.

Laela Wilding and Naomi Wilding in Los Angeles in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Laela Wilding and Naomi Wilding in Los Angeles in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Activism was one of the best things Laela took from her time with her grandmother. She said they never saw her as a celebrity but were always in awe of her passion for helping people. Even with her foundation, Taylor was reportedly hands-on at all times.

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Granddaughter Naomi Wilding's Childhood with Grandmother

Naomi deLuce Wilding, the "Cleopatra" actress' second grandchild, also thought highly of her grandmother. Even though she did not experience Taylor as an actress, she holds her in high regard for her dedication to activism.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor with her granddaughter Naomi Wilding | Source: Getty Images

Actress Elizabeth Taylor with her granddaughter Naomi Wilding | Source: Getty Images

"I remember sitting on the floor of her dressing room and just watching her get ready — just [watching] this sort of transformation unfold. Just because somebody is a superstar doesn't also mean that they can't be a loving, squishy, delicious grandma who was always welcoming us in," she shared with Today.

Naomi also loved the opportunity to have worked along-side her grandmother in her work with her AIDS Foundation. She also hopes that people who did not know her grandmother will remember her work as an AIDS activist.

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Naomi Wilding in Los Angeles in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Naomi Wilding in Los Angeles in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Today, Naomi is an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and runs the Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles alongside her husband. The legacy Taylor has left them has kept them together as a family, and all her values have been passed down to younger generations.

How Did Taylor Do Makeup and Hair for Her Namesake Granddaughter, Elizabeth Carson?

She may not carry Taylor's blood in her veins, but Elizabeth Carson is just as much Taylor's granddaughter as Laela and Naomi. Carson is the daughter of Taylor's adopted daughter, Maria.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor's Grandchildren, Rhys Tivey, Elizabeth Carson and Quinn Tivey at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Actress Elizabeth Taylor's Grandchildren, Rhys Tivey, Elizabeth Carson and Quinn Tivey at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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And just like the rest of the icon's grandchildren, Carson holds unparalleled memories of her grandmother. She remembers her grandmother doing her makeup and hair for prom saying, according to Hollywood Life, "For my junior and senior prom, she did my hair and makeup."

Eliza Carson in New York in 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Eliza Carson in New York in 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Today, Carson, besides serving as an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, also has a job as a social worker in New York. She said the best part of her job is helping save and improve lives.

Who Are Taylor's Grandsons, Caleb and Andrew Wilding?

Caleb Wilding is Taylor's first grandson, adopted by her son Christopher Wilding and his wife, Aileen Getty. Christopher and Getty took the adoption route after Getty experienced several miscarriages.

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Caleb Wilding, Aileen Getty, Alexandra Wilding and Andrew Wilding at Milk Studios on December 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California [Left-Right] | Source: Getty Images

Caleb Wilding, Aileen Getty, Alexandra Wilding and Andrew Wilding at Milk Studios on December 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California [Left-Right] | Source: Getty Images

Fortunately, shortly after adopting Caleb, Getty fell pregnant, and this time, she carried it to term and welcomed a beautiful boy they named Andrew Wilding.

Caleb has managed to stay out of the spotlight, and even though reports say he is a motorcycle superfan, little else is known about him. Andrew, however, followed in his grandmother's filmmaking footsteps but preferred the behind-the-camera works. Today many recognize him for his cinematography and producing work.

Why Does Taylor's Grandson, Tarquin Wilding, Feel Lucky?

Tarquin Wilding is Laela and Naomi's brother and the seventh of Taylor's grandchildren. Like his grandmother, he is also in the film industry and is an ardent filmmaker. He looks back on his grandmother for her boundless generosity and is grateful that he gets to honor her legacy.

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Tarquin Wilding in Los Angeles in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Tarquin Wilding in Los Angeles in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

He shared, according to The List, "I often think about how lucky I am to have been born into a group of such wacky, caring, sensitive people."

Grandson Lowell Wilding, Who Created the "Elizabeth Taylor Archive"

Lowell Wilding currently lives in Los Angeles. He is constantly in awe of his grandmother's legacy and what she accomplished in her lifetime.

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Therefore, he chose to preserve her memories and keep alive her legacy by creating the Elizabeth Taylor Archive.

Who is Taylor's Musician Grandson, Rhys Tivey?

The ninth of Taylor's grandkids, Rhys, has also followed in her footsteps and is involved in the performing arts. After studying for a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, he became a trumpeter, vocalist, and songwriter.

Rhys Tivey of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation at Hearst Tower on May 9, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Rhys Tivey of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation at Hearst Tower on May 9, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

He has also taught yoga and music to middle school children in several parts of the city, including the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

Rhys Tivey in New York in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Rhys Tivey in New York in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

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He admires his grandmother's legacy and, like her, believes in "acknowledging the soul of every person... and treating them with great respect" regardless of "color, culture, or class." He is also a vegan, hell-bent on reducing his carbon footprint.

Rhys Tivey in New York in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Rhys Tivey in New York in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Rhys remembered performing "Amazing Grace" at her funeral and feeling the utmost clarity flow through his body. It was an out-of-body experience but also confirmation that music was something he was meant to do.

The Baby of the Icon’s Family

Richard McKeown is the youngest of Taylor's grandkids, and while not much information is available about him, the drama surrounding his childhood puts him on the map.

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When he was still a baby, his mother, Maria Burton, filed a restraining order against his father for alleged verbal abuse, which led to his father claiming that Maria hadn't been "functioning as a mother." However, despite his shaky childhood, McKeown turned out fine and is living his best life.

Quinn Tivey Who Looks Like a Copy of Elizabeth Taylor

Tivey is the superstar's sixth grandchild, born to Liza Todd Burton and Hap Tivey. Like his cousins, Tivey has nothing but beautiful memories of his grandmother.

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However, Tivey remembers her as a carefree spirit, one he could lie in bed with, in their pajamas, and watch movies. He mused, as Page Sixeports, "I remember going to her house and getting into bed with her, wearing my pajamas, watching 'Law & Order,' eating [peanut butter and jelly] sandwiches."

Quinn Tivey in Switzerland in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Quinn Tivey in Switzerland in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

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He is also involved in his grandmother's foundation alongside many of his cousins as a co-trustee. He says that he can see how much Taylor's initiative has touched people's lives. For a living, Tivey is an artist.

Comments about | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

Comments about | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

Quinn Tivey at the 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, California on October 11, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

Quinn Tivey at the 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, California on October 11, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

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Comments about Quinn Tivey | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

Comments about Quinn Tivey | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

Quinn Tivey at the The Elizabeth Taylor Ball To End AIDS in West Hollywood, California on September 15, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Quinn Tivey at the The Elizabeth Taylor Ball To End AIDS in West Hollywood, California on September 15, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Comments about Quinn Tivey | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

Comments about Quinn Tivey | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

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Comments about Quinn Tivey | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

Comments about Quinn Tivey | Source: Facebook.com/Elizabeth Taylor

Out of all the grandchildren, fans see the most Taylor in Tivey. People have shared side-by-side pictures of them, and one wrote, "He's got his grandma’s famous violet eyes!"

Elizabeth Taylor's family in Washington D.C | Source: Getty Images

Elizabeth Taylor's family in Washington D.C | Source: Getty Images

Fans could not stop raving about how much he resembled his grandmother, especially with his unique eyes. Commenters praised him for carrying the legacy of "the most famous eyes" in motion pictures.

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