Elizabeth Taylor Wearing Football Player Glenn Davis' Sweater in 1948

May 21, 2021

In this colorized photo from 1948, a 16-year-old Elizabeth Taylor poses wearing a sweater given to her by her boyfriend Glenn Davis, who then was one of the best college football players in the country.

Image colorized by Steve Foster

In the late 1940s, Elizbeth Taylor began outgrowing her modestly successful acting career as a youth and blossomed into one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. Conversely, Glenn Davis, Heisman winning stand-out running back for Army, languished serving in the military as his athletic prime slipped away. Taylor monopolized all media attention when she and Richard Burton began an illicit affair on the set of Cleopatra. Nicknamed "Liz and Dick" by tabloids, they scooped “Brangelina” by more than 40 years. Davis never got the opportunity to capitalize on his physical gifts like similarly duty-bound David Robinson in 1988. The two storylines with echoes in the present resulted in vastly different endings.

Elizabeth Taylor A.K.A Kitten

Taylor became such an icon MGM paid for her wedding with Hilton Conrad Jr. Source: IMDB

Born from socialite parents, Taylor’s career adversity boiled down to Universal dropping her contract after one year at the age of 11. Quickly, MGM stepped in and turned her into a teen star with her role in “National Velvet.” Flashing her famous eyelashes, Taylor became a guaranteed box office hit after “Father of the Bride” and “A Place in the Sun.”