Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner who was as world famous for her private life as for her acting, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, her four children by her side. The cause was congestive heart failure, her publicist, Sally Morrison, told The Associated Press.

The former child actress grew into a voluptuous and jewel-drenched movie star, making headlines with stormy love affairs and eight marriages.

She was also known for a surprisingly wide acting resume – seen in over 50 films over the course of 70 years – though not necessarily her musical appearances. There was one notable exception, however, when she appeared in Harold Prince's 1977 adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music. While the film received poor to lukewarm reviews, it did give Taylor a moment to shine in the show’s most memorable tune, "Send in the Clowns."

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shadeed ahmad from New York City

Elizabeth Taylor's life was filled with drama, beauty and compassion. Her type of exquisite class is not so readily found amongst celebrities of today. She really was instrumental is forging the way for stars being bold about supporting social causes through her work concerning AIDS and brain tumors. Her friendship with Michael Jackson was another example of her uniqueness, compassion and empathy with the human conditions of pain that are emotional and physical. I hear of stories from everyday people who have encountered her and found that she was always a person who was down to earth despite all the media hype about her being of a type of royalty (which she was). No, she was not perfect, but Elizabeth Taylor was indeed, special. Her legend will find universal recognition in her wonderful and compassionate help of the victims of AIDS worldwide through her celebrity. Elizabeth Taylor, rest in peace and May GOD Bless you abundantly and eternally. Elizabeth Taylor, you will be missed and irreplaceable.

Mar. 24 2011 10:05 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from BOONTON, NJ

WITHOUT A DOUBT, there has never been a more beautiful actress in history. How many have ever made 50 films and performed for 70 years in professional performances? Philip Burton told me how after Richard Burton married Elizabeth Taylor he convinced her to study with his teacher, Philip Burton, to whom he showed his appreciation by changing his own Welsh name to Burton in tribute.

Mar. 23 2011 06:20 PM
Steve from White Plains

She will be missed. Those violet eyes the world first fell in love with from 'National Velvet', closed at last. Ring the bell, close the book, blow out the candle....RIP.

Mar. 23 2011 11:15 AM

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