Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

23 Mar

Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, remembered by some as much for her failed marriages as her Academy Awards, died in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 79.  She succumbed early March 23, surrounded by several of her children, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Before she passed away, Taylor had been hospitalized for several weeks for this latest complication  with heart disease.

Liz Taylor won the Academy Award for best actress twice— for the movies “Butterfield 8” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She also starred in the timeless classics “Cleopatra,” “A Place in the Sun” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” In later years, Taylor devoted herself to charity work, which included forming a foundation to fight AIDS. When seen in public over the past couple of decades, Taylor used a wheelchair but said she did so because of a chronic back injury and not because of ill health.

She was married eight times— twice to Richard Burton— and endured significant personal tragedies during her life. None of her marriages lasted more than ten years and many lasted fewer than five. Taylor is survived by four children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Or, write a tribute to the actress on Facebook.

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