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Maria Burton Carson - Everything to Know about Elizabeth Taylor’s Adopted Daughter

Edduin Carvajal
Jul 12, 2022
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Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor had a fascinating love life. She married multiple men and had four children, including the girl she adopted from Germany, Maria Burton Carson.

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Elizabeth Taylor is as iconic as they come. Born in London in February 1932, she married eight times – twice to the same man, Welsh actor Richard Burton.

During their first marriage, they adopted Maria Burton Carson. While she might be best known as Taylor's daughter, her life has attracted much attention, primarily her two failed marriages to Steve Carson and Tom McKeown.

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and their children, including Maria Burton Carson, in 1967 | Source: Getty Images

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and their children, including Maria Burton Carson, in 1967 | Source: Getty Images

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MAIN FACTS ABOUT MARIA BURTON CARSON

Maria was a German orphan born on August 1, 1961. The details of her adoption are scarce, but Taylor began the process when she was still married to singer and actor Eddie Fisher.

Unfortunately, Taylor and Fisher's marriage was short-lived, and they divorced in 1964, only five years after saying, "I do." The "A Place in the Sun" actress was already close to adding Maria into her family when they parted ways.

Maria Burton Carson on March 1, 2013 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Maria Burton Carson on March 1, 2013 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

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She married Richard Burton later in 1964, and he not only helped Taylor complete the adoption process but also became Maria's father figure.

Maria Burton Carson had a challenging upbringing due to a genetic defect in her hips. Her parents were determined to solve it and did everything they could to do it. Doctors needed over 20 surgeries to correct her hip issues.

Being Elizabeth Taylor's daughter must have put pressure on Maria, who pursued a modeling career in her teens and 20s. She eventually turned to fashion design before creating a talent agency with her first husband, Steve Carson.

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Steve and Maria had one daughter, Elizabeth "Eliza" Carson, in 1982. Eliza and Taylor had a beautiful relationship, with the "Butterfield 8" actress even doing her granddaughter's hair and makeup for her junior and senior proms.

One of Eliza and Taylor's most memorable things they did was going to a Sephora store. They had a blast for the first 15 minutes, but after people started recognizing Taylor, they needed to be escorted out.

Maria Burton Carson rarely makes public appearances, so she is often mistaken for another Maria Burton.

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Steve and Maria parted ways in 2000, and she then married Tom McKeown. They welcomed one son, Richard (named after Maria's famous dad), but their relationship was far from perfect.

Taylor's adopted daughter fled from her and Tom's house with Richard when the boy was only two years old. She then filed a restraining order against Tom, who blamed Taylor for using her power to tear his family apart.

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SIBLINGS OF MARIA BURTON CARSON

Besides Maria Burton Carson, Elizabeth Taylor had three more kids: Liza Todd, Michael Wilding Jr., and Christopher Edward Wilding.

Michael Jr. is Taylor's son with her second husband, Michael Wilding. Michael Jr. followed in his famous parents' footsteps and became an actor, appearing in the original "Dallas" TV series and "Guiding Light" before retiring.

Although Christopher didn't work as an actor, he was involved in the entertainment industry as a film editor. As per Liza, the only daughter Taylor had with Mike Todd, she prefers to stay away from the spotlight.

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MARIA BURTON CARSON IS OFTEN MISTAKEN FOR ANOTHER MARIA

Maria Burton Carson rarely makes public appearances, so she is often mistaken for another Maria Burton. However, both women have pretty different lives.

While Taylor's daughter is not into showbiz, Maria Burton is an actress, director, and producer with a handful of projects under her belt, including the short film "Old Guy" and the TV series "Good Eggs." It is unclear what Elizabeth Taylor's daughter does for a living nowadays.

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