Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as one of the most glamorous actresses in Hollywood history remains as steadfast as when she was still with us. You can’t even hear her name without your mind conjuring images of her beauty, class, and grace — both onscreen and off. While there are several admirable areas of the late actress’s life worth celebrating, we are particularly drawn to her lifelong love for animals.
We aren’t just talking about the four-legged co-stars she shared the screen with often, including her two big breaks as a teen: the pooch from Lassie Come Home and horse from National Velvet. Liz’s love of animals began long before that while being raised on her family’s farm in the English countryside. “I think I prefer animals to people,” she once said in one of her most famous quotes. “And I was lucky — my first leading men were dogs and horses.” Take a look at the heartwarming photos of young Elizabeth Taylor and her animal friends below to remember the beautiful connection she had with creatures big and small.