Elizabeth Taylor, The Teen Years: Check Out LIFE's Photos From The Star's Childhood

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Unlike most celebrities, Elizabeth Taylor lived nearly her entire life as a famous person.Following her turn in the equestrian epic “National Velvet,” her teen years brought her first taste of stardom — and her first studio contract.

Click through to see some of the earliest LIFE magazine photos of Taylor (and find a full gallery of the publication’s coverage of Taylor here).

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1945: Taylor, age 13, in her bedroom -- with pet chipmunk Nibbles.

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1948: Taylor, age 16, works with her tutor on a movie set.

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1949: Taylor, age 17, poses with photos of her then-beau, 1946 Heisman trophy winner Glenn Davis.

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1950: Taylor, age 18, after graduating from Hollywood's University High School.

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