William Pawley Jr.

William Pawley and Elizabeth Taylor

William Pawley Jr. was the son of a wealthy American ambassador to Peru. He was 28 when he met the 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in Florida and became her first fiancé. The couple's relationship was a dramatic story that tantalized Hollywood at the early height of Taylor's fame.

Their romance was documented in detail by Taylor a series of love letters she sent to Pawley in 1949. Those letters were put up for auction soon after Taylor's death in 2011.


  • Born: Jan. 1, 1921
  • Full Name: William Pawley Jr.



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    Elizabeth Taylor

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    According to her own handwritten letters (which were set to be auctioned soon after Taylor's death), William Pawley Jr. was Elizabeth Taylor's first true love. They apparently met in Florida in March of 1949 when Taylor was vacationing there with ... more ›


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