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Information About the Marriage of Elizabeth Taylor and Nicky Hilton

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Wedding of Nicky Hilton and Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor-Nicky Hilton Wedding

American actress Elizabeth Taylor and hotelier Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton after their wedding on May 6, 1950 in Hollywood, California.

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Elizabeth (18) and Conrad (23) were married in a lavish wedding ceremony on May 6, 1950 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Monsignor Patrick J. Cancannon was the officiant. Jane Powell was one of Elizabeth's bridesmaids. The bridesmaids wore yellow organdy dresses. There were nearly 3000 fans outside the church.

Elizabeth's wedding dress was designed and made for her by MGM's Helen Rose. The white satin gown was embroidered with seed pearls and beads.

"A sweetheart neckline was covered with a chiffon overlay to reveal just a hint of decolletage. A three-quarter length veil was attached to a cap garnished with pearls combined with a pearl tiara. To complete the all-white motif, the bride carried a bouquet of white orchids."
Source: Kally. "FashionBride Icon -- Elizabeth Taylor." FashionBride.wordpress.com. 7/30/2008.

Elizabeth's first wedding was a traditional one.

  • Something old -- a white lace handkerchief from her mother.
  • Something new -- a new penny inside her shoe.
  • Something borrowed -- a lucky amulet hidden in her pearl seed cap.
  • Something blue -- a tiny artificial nosegay of blue forget-me-nots hidden in her wedding gown. Some books state that Elizabeth wore a blue garter.

The Taylor-Hilton wedding reception was held at the Bel Air Hotel. Approximately 700 guests including Mickey Rooney, Ginger Rogers, Joan Bennett, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Spencer Tracy, Van and Evie Johnson, Esther Williams, Greer Garson, and Roddy McDowall enjoyed 100 cases of Dom Perignon and a five-tier vanilla-frosted wedding cake.

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