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Mon, 14 March 2022

Dorchester Collection Names Two Suites After Dame Elizabeth Taylor

(14 Mar 2022, 12:03 +07)  The Dorchester Collection has partnered with House of Taylor to celebrate the life of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who would have celebrated her 90th birthday on 27 February.

As a tribute to the Oscar-winning icons incredible legacy, Dorchester Collection has named two of its most beloved suites in her honour: the Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite at The Dorchester in London and the Elizabeth Taylor Bungalow 5 at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor stayed at The Dorchester, London for the first time with her mother as a 17-year-old, and returned to the hotel throughout her life.

The hotels penthouse Harlequin Suite became her home away from home, and was where she stayed when she negotiated her legendary deal with 20th Century Fox as the first actor to receive over a million dollars for a movie in the Hollywood epic Cleopatra.

Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite at The Dorchester hotel in London. Click to enlarge.
Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite at The Dorchester hotel in London

Dame Elizabeth Taylor met Richard Burton on the set of the film and the glamorous couple were regulars at the hotel throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The hotel remained her London-base and it was here she stayed in 2000 for the Buckingham Palace ceremony in which she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to acting and charity, recognising the stars fundraising for and commitment to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Similarly, The Beverly Hills Hotel served as a backdrop to Elizabeth Taylors life in California dating back to her childhood. Her father Francis, who inspired her love of art, had a gallery in the hotels shopping arcade and she went on to be a frequent guest of the hotel throughout her life.

Affectionately known as the Pink Palace, The Beverly Hills Hotels famed bungalows are where Elizabeth Taylor spent several of her honeymoons.

She dined regularly at the hotels iconic Polo Lounge where her splurge day favourite of fried chicken with mashed potato and lots of gravy is still served, and celebrated iconic moments of her life, such as her Oscar win for BUtterfield 8 at the hotel. After her passing in 2011, Elizabeth Taylors family hosted a private gathering in the stars favourite Bungalow 5.

Guests booking Elizabeth Taylor Bungalow 5 and Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite will be able to enjoy books that give a nod to her vision for a kinder, braver, more beautiful world during their stay. A copy of Taylors book My Love Affair with Jewelry and the Christies auction catalogue for the 2011 The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels will be available for guests to read in the suites.

Steeped in history, Dorchester Collection celebrates timeless stories and unforgettable moments between its remarkable properties and the people who inhabit them, said Helen Smith, Dorchester Collection's Chief Customer Experience Officer. We are delighted to honour our loyal guest, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and her legacy as a Hollywood superstar and HIV/AIDS activist by announcing this partnership with House of Taylor. Our legendary hotels are a home away from home for people who make the world turn and we are proud that Elizabeth Taylors spirit lives on in the suites named in her honour.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor received five Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and won the coveted prize for BUtterfield 8 and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? also earned her the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, among others. She was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Suddenly, Last Summer in 1960.

Elizabeth made her Broadway debut in a 1981 revival of the Lillian Hellman play The Little Foxes, which earned her a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, along with other critical acclaim.

Elizabeth was honoured with many lifetime achievements, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the BAFTA fellowship and a medallion at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Her most cherished work the commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS was also recognised with several honours, including the French Lgion dHonneur in 1987, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards in 1993, the GLAAD Vanguard Award in 2000, and the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001.

In 1985, Elizabeth co-founded amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and then established ETAF, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, in 1991.

We are pleased to enter into this official partnership with Dorchester Collection, naming two of Elizabeths favourite suites after her. The team there has demonstrated a passion for Elizabeth Taylor and her legacy, and have shown a strong commitment to honouring her history at the hotels. We are thrilled to know that guests of The Dorchester and The Beverly Hills Hotel will get to experience part of Elizabeths world and luxuriate in the same suites that Elizabeth loved, said House of Taylor in a statement.

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