×

Candid Pictures Reveal One of Elizabeth Taylor's Lesser Known Roles: Being a Mother

Actress Elizabeth Taylor was a Hollywood legend who graced the big screen for decades in classics like Cleopatra and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. (Who can forget those stunning eyes?) But while she was under constant scrutiny, the famous mom was always careful to shelter her kids Michael Howard Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Burton Tivey, and Maria Burton.

"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," William J. Mann, author of How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood ($7.37, Amazon), told ABCNews in 2011.

We'll admit it was quite easy for all of us to forget that the glamorous actress mothered four children. However, her public image didn't prevent her from being a supportive mother and friend to her kids in their times 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.'” William also noted in his book, “She was only [20] when she had Michael, they weren't that far apart in age, and she took that approach with all of them.”

Her close bond with her kids is obvious in these adorable photos — and if it were up to us, we would have given her a "Mother of the Year" award to go with all her Oscars.

Check out our gallery of Elizabeth Taylor with her kids through the years!