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Elizabeth Taylor dies aged 79

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:47 pm

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, arguably the last great female star of
the Hollywood studio system, died today at the age of 79.

The Oscar-winning star died this morning at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure, according to her spokeswoman Sally Morrison. She said the actress's children were at her side.

Dame Elizabeth, who had been in ill health for a number of years, was taken to the hospital with congestive heart failure six weeks ago. A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "She passed away at 1.28 [LA time] this morning."

Taylor's luminous screen presence, allied to a colourful private life, made her a mainstay of US popular culture for more than 50 years. She won her first best actress Oscar for playing the self-styled "slut of the world" in 1960s Butterfield 8. Her second came courtesy of an electrifying turn opposite then-husband Richard Burton in the 1966 drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Born in Hampstead, north London, Taylor relocated to the US in 1939 and made her screen debut as a nine-year-old in the 1942 Universal comedy There's One Born Every Minute. She found fame as the perky child star of Lassie Come Home and National Velvet before graduating to adult roles with the 1950 comedy Father of the Bride.

The following year she rustled up one of her most vibrant and vital performances in A Place in the Sun. George Stevens's melodrama cast her as a spoiled debutante who bewitches Montgomery Clift's ambitious social climber. According to the critic Andrew Sarris, the film's young actors were "the most beautiful couple in the history of cinema. Those gigantic close-ups of them kissing were unnerving – like gorging on chocolate sundaes."

Other notable roles were in Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly, Last Summer and Reflections in a Golden Eye. Yet Taylor's on-screen prowess was often upstaged by the ongoing soap-opera of her personal life. She was married eight times to seven husbands and sparked a scandal when she began an affair with the British actor Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra.

The couple wed in 1964 and divorced a decade later. They remarried in
1975 and then split again the following year. Throughout this period
they were embraced as the hydra-headed emblem of Hollywood glamour,
their lives a whirl of ritzy premieres, champagne receptions and
indulgent movie collaborations. "It was probably the most chaotic time
of my life," Taylor would later recall. "It was fun and it was dark –
oceans of tears – but there were some good times too."

Throughout her life, Taylor seemed drawn to fragile souls and those in
need. She reportedly saved the life of the notoriously
self-destructive Montgomery Clift following a car crash in 1956.
Spurred on by the 1985 death of her friend Rock Hudson, she helped
found the American Federation for AIDS
Research and went on to raise an estimated $50m to fight the
disease. More recently, she rode to the defence of Michael Jackson
after the singer was arraigned on charges of child abuse.

Away from the cameras, her own life was punctuated by health problems.
She survived a brain tumour, suffered from a heart condition and
reportedly broke her back on five separate occasions. In later life,
she was largely confined to a wheelchair as a result of osteoporosis.
Yet until today, there was something resilient about Elizabeth Taylor
– a fighting spirit belied by her famous good looks. "I've been
through it all, baby," she once boasted. "I'm Mother Courage."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/mar/23/elizabeth-taylor-dies-reports

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Re: Elizabeth Taylor dies aged 79

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:38 pm

Thats sad, another legend gone.

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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:09 pm

One of the true "All-Time Greats" Sad

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Re: Elizabeth Taylor dies aged 79

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:11 pm

Very sad news, an amazing actress Sad x

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Re: Elizabeth Taylor dies aged 79

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:16 pm

A great woman, an inspiration for many of todays top actresses no doubt. She will be rememered well sunny

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