Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Elizabeth Taylor in the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Elizabeth Taylor in the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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March 27, 2011

Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner whose beauty and outsized lifestyle epitomized the quintessence of Hollywood movie stars, died early Wednesday morning, March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles. She was 79.

Taylor was known for her tempestuous marriages and personal battles with weight and health as well as her movie roles, Taylor were never far from the public eye. She also was a woman of charitable good works. LIZ made more than 60 film and TV appearances.

Taylor was a star since she was little and his face and dreamy violet eyes, marked the generations that followed from the innocence of youth Fire (1945) to Cleopatra (1963), an enormous project that marked the extent to which the figure was the biggest at the time.

Taylor’s two subsequent Academy Award-nominated performances as the sexually incendiary female leads in films based on the work of playwright Tennessee Williams, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958) and the taboo-breaking “Suddenly, Last Summer” (1959), took her to become an international superstar.

Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands, with all but one ending in divorce. When asked why she married so often, she replied “I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me.” Liz said about her marriages: “I was brought up by a very moral and puritanical family and I just could not adjust to having affairs. It meant that when I thought I was in love with somebody it more or less led to the altar.”

Taylor devoted much time and energy to AIDS-related charities, and helped raise more than $100 million to fight the disease.

In 1971, Taylor became a grandmother at the age of 39. At the time of her death she was survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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