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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1966) Though known for her incandescent beauty, Taylor was not afraid to play a role that called for her to appear on-screen gray-haired, frumpy and gin-soaked. She was famously vulgar in this adaptation of Edward Albee’s play about marital discord, in which she plays the miserable wife of an alcoholic college professor (Richard Burton). The stretch paid off. Taylor won her second best-actress Oscar and widespread critical praise for portraying the foul-mouthed, overbearing and confrontational Martha.