Elizabeth Taylor famously married eight times to seven husbands, having married Richard Burton twice. Her last husband was probably her second most controversial marriage. Larry Fortensky, Elizabeth Taylor’s last husband was a construction worker 20-years younger than her that she met while in The Betty Ford Center for alcohol and drug addiction. Read more about him and see photos and a video below.
Elizabeth Taylor met Larry Fortensky while they were both patients at the Betty Ford Center in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Whether or not they both got sober and remained sober is a mystery. What we do know is that the treatment didn’t cure Dame Elizabeth Taylor of her addiction to getting married. Instead, the two developed a bond during their time at Betty Ford and Larry Fortensky became Elizabeth Taylor’s last husband. Her eight husband to be exact.
It was a little shocking at the time and more than a little controversial. In fact, during their divorce the judge called Fortensky a ‘gold-digger’. Without a pre-nup, he asked for half of her earning during their marriage. What he got was somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000 per month support for the rest of his life.
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The couple married at Liz Taylor’s close friend Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. He was 39-years-old and Taylor was 59-years-old. The odd couple were were made more odd that she was a multi-millionaire movie star, once considered one of the greatest beauties in the word who had had marriages to the rich and powerful throughout her life. He was a working class construction worker. An odd parring. But she said he was enormously supportive to her.
However, in the long-run (or not so long-run actually) he said he got tired of being Mr. Elizabeth Taylor (according to his sister) and the two divorced in February 1996.
Taylor said she’d not marry again but would certainly not give up on men. That, she said, would be unrealistic.
Whatever the case. Larry Fortensky has kept quiet about Elizabeth Taylor and his marriage to her in the years since. He has also not spoken out about since her death. Some say Larry Fortensky’s silence was out of his loyalty and devotion to Elizabeth Taylor. Others say she bought his silence with a monthly check. For better or worse, his sister Linda Untiet has, but only to say that the two remained close until Elizabeth Taylor’s death on March 23rd and that the legendary beauty had sent him something of a ‘good-bye letter’ before her death.
You can see photos of Larry Fortensky, Elizabeth Taylor’s last husband below as well as an Elizabeth Taylor tribute video.