Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE was a British-American actress, businesswoman and humanitarian. Taylor was born in London to American parents and moved with her family from England to Los Angeles in 1939. She was noted for her beauty already as a child, and was given a film contract by Universal Pictures in 1941. Her screen debut was in a minor role in There's One Born Every Minute, but Universal terminated her contract after a year. Taylor was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and had her breakthrough role in 1944 in National Velvet, becoming one of the studio's most popular teenage stars. The American Film Institute named her the seventh greatest female screen legend in 1999. Taylor died in March 2011 at the age of 79.