Actress Elizabeth Taylor was a Hollywood legend who graced our TV screens in classics like Cleopatra and The Taming of the Shrew. But while she was constantly in the public eye, the famous mom was always careful to shelter her kids Michael Howard Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Burton Tivey, and Maria Burton (who was adopted).
"She was this globetrotting beautiful siren who kept them out of the spotlight — she wasn't pushing them onto TV shows as some famous parents do. There wasn't a lot of use of her children in the media," said William J. Mann, author of How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood.
We'll admit, it was quite easy for all of us to forget that the glamor queen mothered four children. However, her public image didn't prevent her from being a supportive mother and friend to her kids in their time of need.
"She was more of the pal than the disciplinarian. She was the kind of mother who said, 'I'm here if you want to talk to me.' She was only 18 when she had Michael, they weren't that far apart in age, and she took that approach with all of them," William also noted in his book.
Her close bond with her kids is clearly evident in these adorable photos. And if it were up to us, we would have given her a "Mother of the Year" award.
Check out our gallery of Elizabeth Taylor with her kids through the years!