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24 March 2011 :: 10:03:34 am 51950

Hollywood Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

LOS ANGELES – Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor died on Wednesday at the age of 79 at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai hospital with congestive heart failure, a condition she had struggled with for years.
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“My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” said her son Michael Wilding, adding she was surrounded by her children when she died.

Taylor’s fame first began in the 1944 film, “National Velvet” when she was 12 years old.  She was then nominated for five Oscars, in which she won best actress award for 1960 “Butterfield 8” and 1966 “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” alongside with actor Richard Burton. 

  

In her later years she became known for her active involvement in raising funds for AIDS/HIV campaign.  Besides Princess Diana, Taylor is the only celebrity who has been dedicated her times in raising funds for research into a cure or working to dismiss the stigma associated with the illness. 

Taylor “leaves a monumental legacy that has improved and extended millions of lives and will enrich countless more for generations to come,” said the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Taylor was the group’s founding international chairwoman.

In later years, Taylor withdrew from the public spotlight when her health had deteriorated, although she was noticed at 2009 funeral of her long-time friend Michael Jackson.

“Her artistic contribution to the motion picture industry is immeasurable, her talent endured the test of time and transcended generations of moviegoers.  She truly was an American icon ” said Chris Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America.

 

J D Heyman, editor of People magazine, said “Elizabeth Taylor may have been the greatest movie star that Hollywood ever produced.  

She was one of the great beauties of the 20th century and I don’t think we’ll see another movie star like her.”

Taylor was born in London on February 27, 1932, the daughter of two wealthy American art dealers, Francis and Sara Taylor. In 1939 she moved to California with her American parents, where her father catered a high-level business.   

Soon Elizabeth was discovered at her father’s art gallery by the fiancée of the chairman of Universal Studios. 

She debuted in 1942 “There’s One Born Every Minute.” By 1944 she became a child star with “National Velvet,” the story of a girl who rides her horse to victory at the Grand National disguised as a boy.

 

Elizabeth Taylor was well known for her fame and glamour in Hollywood spotlight as well as for her personal life, in particular her eight marriages. 

At 18 years old, she was first married in 1950 to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, playboy hotel chain heir.  The marriage lasted 203 days after an extravagant Hollywood wedding and a three-month honeymoon to Europe. Taylor divorced him because of his drinking that resulted in physical and verbal abuse.

In 1952-7, Taylor tied the knot with British matinee idol, Michael Wilding, 19 years her senior.  The couple had two sons, Michael Jr. and Christopher before divorcing.

In 1957-8, within days of her divorce with Wilding, Taylor accepted the proposal by Michael Todd, aged 49, a film producer.  Todd was Taylor’s first great love.  They had a daughter, Elizabeth Frances in August 1957.  Seven months later, Todd was killed in a plane crash in New Mexico, leaving Taylor a widow.

In 1959-64, after her husband’s death, Taylor turned to Eddie Fisher, Todd’s best friend and singer, for comfort.  Fisher divorced his life to marry Taylor but their marriage, in turn ended in divorce. 

  

In 1964-74, Taylor starred in “Cleopatra” and met Richard Burton.  They were married in March 1964 in Montreal.   However, the by time they were filming, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” the marriage was torn by drinking, bitterness and failure.   They divorced in June 1974.

In 1975-6, Burton and Taylor remarried in October 1975 in Botswana but soon were divorced again in August 1976.

In 1976-82, the marriage left Taylor an alcoholic and a failure in her career.   A seventh marriage to John Warner, Virginia Senator, still did not make her happy.

In 1991-6, Taylor shocked the world when she married her 8th husband, Larry Fortensky, a 40-year-old construction worker whom she met during her rehabilitation.   The marriage lasted three years.

After eight marriages and seven husbands, Taylor had 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cerdit by: News.Yahoo

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