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Elizabeth Taylor Has Died at 79
Elizabeth Taylor the actress who became a legend with her heady mix of beauty, a jet-set lifestyle and outspoken activism, died here today following heart failure. She was 79. The three-time Oscar winner, passed away peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, surrounded by her four children, reported CNN online.
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-born American actress. Beginning as a child star then throughout her adulthood, she became known for her acting talent, glamour and beauty; as well as a much publicized private life, which included eight marriages, several near-death experiences, and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, prevention and cure. Taylor, a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, was considered one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list.
While Taylor may have made headlines for some wild behavior, many marriages and for simply being a sexy, glamorous symbol of Hollywood, we will remember her through cinema. Ms. Taylor hasn't appeared in a film since the 1994 live-action adaptation of The Flintstones, but she's very much a name from Old Hollywood and the Golden Age of Cinema. The actress started young at the age of 10 in There's One Born Every minute back in 1942 and even had a small uncredited role in the 1943 adaptation of Jane Eyre. As she grew up she took on roles in 1949's Little Women, 1950's Father of the Bride and 1952's Ivanhoe.
Later in life upon reaching her adult years she would gain plenty of acclaim as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and of course as the titular Egyptian queen in the troubled production of Cleopatra where she was paid a then-outstanding sum of $1 million for her performance. But her biggest successes would come in the form of two Academy Award wins from her performances in Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? At the time she had already been nominated three times previously, so it was only a matter of time before she finally won an Oscar.
After her glory years, as she aged, only more praise came her way as she earned both the AFI Lifetime Achievement award and the Cecile B. Demille award from the Hollywood Foreign Press. Elizabeth Taylor's legend will live on in film for eternity, and her passing today is truly a sad loss for Hollywood and all of her fans that span generations. Rest in peace.