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Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

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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."