Superstar Elizabeth Taylor was born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor in London, England, in 1932. She was an English citizen as well as an American citizen at the time of her birth since her parents were American citizens who hailed from Kansas. After moving to Los Angeles, California, with her parents in 1939, she set her sights on following in her actress mother’s footsteps.
She made her acting debut when she was cast in a minor role in the film, “There’s One Born Every Minute,” in 1942 before signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and became a rising star when she acted in her role in National Velvet in 1944. She then went on to land major roles in the comedy Father of the Bride in 1950 before garnering critical acclaim for her role in the movie, “A Place in the Sun,” in 1951.
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The movie icon set the standard of beauty and grace for women around the world during her years on this earth. She was beautiful and a superstar, award-winning actress for decades. She was married seven times, twice to famous actor Richard Burton, but was married to conservative politician John Warner at his historic Virginia farm that is dubbed Atoka. She was introduced to Warner at the White House after people behind the scenes arranged for him to be her escort for the event she attended.
The pair were married in a beautiful sunset ceremony atop a hill at the farm in December of 1976. Taylor had said in the past that this amazing farm reminded her of her childhood growing up in England and provided her with a sense of security. She enjoyed the pastoral surroundings and the multiple barns, guest house, historic log cabin, and the run-in sheds that dot the 400-acre property.
The 1860 field-stone, 7,000 square-foot manor home features three levels of luxurious living. It offers five bedrooms, including a primary bedroom, and an indoor pool. The main house boasts seamed tin roofs and a large yet cozy living room with a corner fireplace in between two large windows that allow for plenty of natural lighting. The floor, walls, and ceiling beams are made of different wooden tones for a true, country look and feel.
The property also features plenty of hundred-year-old boxwoods, split-rail fences, stacked stone walls, and fieldstone, along with a tennis court.
When Warner was appointed to fill the position of US Senator left vacant due to the sudden death of Richard Obenshain, Taylor began to feel lonely after being forced to leave the farm to live with her husband in Washington D.C. In 1982, Taylor headed back to acting on Broadway and left her husband as a result. The pair remained close friends until her death in 2011.
Warner had sold the farm in 1994 and in late 2015, the Akota Farm was on the market again at $8.7 million through the listing agent of John Coles of Thomas & Talbot of Middleburg, Virginia. A contract was initiated for the property at that price but fell through. After 50 acres of the land at Akota Farm was sold to an adjoining neighbor for $1 million, the remaining 350-acre property was relisted and sold this past June at a price tag of $7.17 million. This amazing farm is a perfect example of the rich history of the United States and the beauty that Virginia has to offer.