She started swearing a lot — shocking in the Fifties — and seemed to be veering out of control.The man who did eventually capture her interest was Michael Wilding, whom she started dating when she was in London making Ivanhoe.
The star of the movie, Roddy Mc Dowall, then 13, recalled: 'On her first day of filming, they took one look at her and said: "Get that girl off the set — she has too much eye make-up on, too much mascara." So they rushed her off the set and started rubbing at her eyes with a moist cloth to take the mascara off.
For her first six years, the Taylor family lived in London, where her father, Francis, had an art gallery and his ambitious wife — a one-time actress — ensured they went to Royal Ascot and socialised with the likes of Winston Churchill and Sir Anthony Eden.
He could pull a screen over her oppressive world and make a simpler, happier one appear in its place.
Nevertheless, following the pattern of all her marriages, Elizabeth had several big fights with him, after which he'd spoil her with expensive presents.
She also believed she was in love — but even Sara feared that her daughter had been influenced by the romantic illusions in the 12 movies she'd made so far.