Elizabeth Taylor, the renowned movie star, had a remarkable career spanning over six decades. Alongside her successful professional life, she also had a vibrant personal life, being married eight times and having four children. Now, her ten grown-up grandchildren are continuing her legacy.
Celebrities from the 20th century not only have children who resemble them, but also grandchildren who share a striking resemblance to their famous grandparents. Elizabeth Taylor, one of the most iconic actresses of all time, is no exception.
Despite her scandalous personal life, Elizabeth Taylor had a successful acting career. She was married eight times, including two marriages to Richard Burton, and had four children: Michael Wilding Jr., Chris Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton. Each of her children grew up and started their own families, resulting in ten beautiful grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Taylor faced numerous health challenges during her later years, enduring more than 30 surgeries for injuries, scoliosis, and skin cancer. In 2011, she tragically passed away due to congestive heart failure.
Before her passing, Taylor had the joy of having her children and grandchildren spend time with her at her mansion in Bel Air, Los Angeles. Today, her ten grandchildren continue to work tirelessly to keep her legacy alive. Let’s meet each of them:
Laela Wilding, born in 1971, is the daughter of Elizabeth’s first child, Michael Wilding Jr. She currently works as a graphic designer and yoga instructor in Portland, Oregon. Growing up, Laela had the privilege of spending a lot of time with her grandmother, being the first grandchild. She fondly remembers their Sundays and holidays together.
In interviews, Laela has spoken lovingly of her late grandmother, describing her as someone who never stopped fighting for justice. She also shared amusing memories of Taylor cutting her grandchildren’s hair with her artistic touch.
Many people have noticed that Laela bears a striking resemblance to her grandmother, often being compared to Taylor herself. The resemblance is truly uncanny!
Naomi deLuce Wilding
Naomi deLuce Wilding, born in 1976, is Laela’s younger sister. Today, she works at the Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles, which she co-founded in 2014 with her husband, Anthony Gran. Like her sister, Naomi is also involved in the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Naomi did not have the opportunity to experience Taylor’s acting career, but she always looked up to her grandmother. She remembers sitting in Taylor’s dressing room, observing her transformation and realizing that underneath the superstar image, she was a warm and loving grandmother.
Taylor believed in instilling values in her grandchildren, and this responsibility was important to her. Naomi cherishes the memories of her grandmother’s warmth and openness, inspiring her to continue Taylor’s philanthropic work.
Caleb Wilding, born in 1983, is Elizabeth Taylor’s first grandson. He was adopted by Christopher Wilding and Aileen Getty after several unsuccessful pregnancies. Caleb prefers to live his life away from the spotlight, enjoying his privacy and being a fan of motorcycles.
Andrew Wilding, born in 1984, is Elizabeth Taylor’s second grandson. Unlike his brother Caleb, Andrew chose to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He has worked as an actor in various productions and has also excelled behind the camera as a cinematographer and producer.
Tarquin Wilding, born in 1989, is the half-brother of Laela and Naomi. He is Taylor’s seventh grandchild. Inspired by his famous grandmother, Tarquin decided to become an actor. He has appeared in several films and is also an aspiring filmmaker. Tarquin shares Taylor’s passion for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and aims to continue her fight for a better future.
Lowell Wilding, born in 1991, is the son of Christopher Wilding and his second wife, Margaret Carlton. He is actively involved in preserving and promoting his grandmother’s legacy by working on the Elizabeth Taylor Archive. Lowell serves as an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, inspired by his grandmother’s tireless dedication to helping those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Quinn Tivey, born in 1986, is the son of Liza Todd and Hap Tivey. Although he didn’t grow up on the west coast like his grandmother, he had a deep admiration for her. Quinn pursued a career in the arts and studied film at the University of Southern California. He recalls heartwarming memories of his grandmother, experiencing her as a caring and loving grandmother outside of her iconic image as Elizabeth Taylor.
Rhys Tivey, born in 1991, is Taylor’s ninth grandchild. He grew up in rural upstate New York and now works as a trumpeter, vocalist, and songwriter. Rhys is not only involved in his grandmother’s AIDS foundation as an ambassador but also admires her for her genuine concern for others and her ability to call out injustice.
Elizabeth Carson, born in 1982, may not be Taylor’s biological grandchild, but she was loved just as much as the others. As the daughter of Taylor’s adopted daughter, Maria Burton, she shares warm memories of her glamorous grandmother. Today, Elizabeth works as a social worker in New York and is dedicated to the mission of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Richard McKeown is the youngest of Taylor’s grandchildren and the son of Maria Burton. Not much is known about him, but he had a difficult moment in his childhood when his mother filed a restraining order against his father.
The lives and accomplishments of Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren vary widely, but they all share a special bond with their legendary grandmother. From their outstanding work in various fields to their involvement in the fight against HIV/AIDS, they continue to honor Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy. Let’s celebrate their achievements and cherish the memories of this extraordinary family.
This article is presented in partnership with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, continuing the legacy of Elizabeth Taylor’s humanitarian efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS.