Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Hollywood Legend Elizabeth Taylor passes away‎


Actress Elizabeth Taylor has died, her AIDS foundation announced Wednesday.

The British-born Hollywood star was 79 and was being treated in hospital in Los Angeles. She died of congestive heart failure, her publicist told CNN.

Taylor was born Feb 27, 1932, in London, of American parents. As well as being considered one of Hollywood's greatest stars of all time, she was married eight times - including twice to actor Richard Burton.

She won an Oscar for "Butterfield 8" in 1960 and another for "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" in 1966. One of her most famous roles, however, was Cleopatra - where she met and fell in love with Burton.

Cleopatra was also notable as the first time any actor or actress had been paid $1 million for a movie.

However, in her later years it was her charity work for AIDS awareness, where she set up the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, for which she was better known - as well as her friendship with the popstar Michael Jackson.

A teen actress, most of Taylor's first films were unremarkable, but she became a box office star with 1944's "National Velvet", the story of a girl who trains and rides her horse to victory in the Grand National.

Her sultry dark looks, wide eyes and iconic eyelashes went on to captivate many men - and cinema audiences worldwide. At times, her love life overshadowed her work as an actress, although it reinforced her stardom and celebrity.

In all she was married eight times - to seven men. They were Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, Richard Burton (again), John Warner and Larry Fortensky.

Major film roles dried up in the 1980s, although she later appeared as a guest star on "The Simpsons" and several TV movies whilst continuing her charity work.

She given the honour Dame Elizabeth Taylor by the queen of England in 1999.
 
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