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Mystery Guest Sunday: Oscar Edition.

Elizabeth Taylor won Oscars for Butterfield 8, a movie she loathed, and a second six years later for Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? Here she charms but does not stump the panel in a 1954 Sunday night rare television appearance.

Miss Taylor’s most famous husband, Richard Burton, was often nominated many times for an Academy Award, thought he was a sure winner in 1970 for Anne of a Thousand Days. Burton confided to his diary that his liberal politics ought to provide the winning margin over conservative stalwart and best actor rival John Wayne. It didn’t. Wayne went home with the prize for True Grit. Burton was nominated seven times without ever winning.