After appearing in movies such as Lassie Come Home and National Velvet during the 1940s, Elizabeth Taylor became a child star, but, unlike many child stars, she was able to make the transition to playing adult characters. During the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor's career soared, and she starred in fifteen movies.
The transition from juvenile roles to adult ones was aided by Hollywood's glamorization of Elizabeth Taylor. Even while she was still a child, studio publicity photographs glamorized the young Elizabeth, as can be seen in a 1944 photograph. Although the frilly blouse she wore is certainly modest, her pose in a reclining position with her hair flowing freely, is provocative, especially considering that she was only twelve years old at the time.