"I don't think of myself as 'beautiful,' I never have. This is partly due to my mother. During my childhood, when people commented on my looks, she would turn to me and say, 'Elizabeth, you do have very lovely eyes, but the eyes are only a reflection of the soul. Never forget that the only real beauty comes from within.' Because she had such a strong sense of character, I never was allowed to concentrate on my appearance."
— Elizabeth Taylor, from her 1987 autobiography, Elizabeth Takes Off.