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Liz Taylor: A Life In Numbers

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As a practise for visualising data, I decided to use information about the life of actress Liz Taylor to create a handful of visualisations.

I used Many Eyes, Fusion Charts and Google Docs.

The first was a collection of random data such as how many films she had starred in, how many grandchildren she had, how many front covers she had graced etc.

Next I decided to look at films, and I discovered that in relative financial terms, her movie ‘Cleopatra’ is still the most expensive film ever made which I showed with the following visualisation.

Finally, I looked at a very famous aspect of Taylor’s life, namely how many husband she had, and turned that into a visualisation.

You can see all of these in their full animated and interactive glory here.


Written by Andy Watt

March 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

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  1. Very imaginative and clear – though some of the husband labelling could be larger.
    Good idea.


    March 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    • Hi and thanks for the comment. The images on here are screen shots from the original article here and if you click on the different section on this ‘live’ version, it displays the name and number of years they were married.

      Voices Uncut

      March 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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