23 March 2011

Elizabeth Taylor is Dead

Elizabeth Taylor Dead
According to several news reports, Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, who rose from child actor to become one of Hollywood's most talented actresses with a tumultuous life, died on Wednesday (23 March 2010) at age 79.

She died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children after having been hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, a statement from publicist further Sally Morrison said.

In a career spanning seven decades, Taylor was nominated for five Oscars and won the best actress honor twice.

In real life, she battled excess weight and drug addiction, and was married eight times, including twice to actor Richard Burton.

"My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world," son Michael Wilding said in a statement.

The violet-eyed Taylor, who began her movie career at age 10 and was often ranked in fan polls as the most beautiful woman on screen, was plagued by health problems for many years.

Taylor's life had two worlds. She was a powerful actress who won an Academy Award for playing a call girl in "Butterfield 8" in 1960, another for her portrayal of a foul-mouthed alcoholic in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1967, and earned Oscar nominations for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Suddenly, Last Summer" and "Raintree County."

On the other hand, her personal life set a Hollywood standard for glamour and tumult. After the death of her third husband, film producer Mike Todd, in 1958, she found herself in a well-chronicled love triangle with singer Eddie Fisher and his wife actress Debbie Reynolds, before marrying Fisher.

While filming the lavishly produced "Cleopatra" in 1961, she started a torrid, tabloid-chronicled affair with Richard Burton, who played Mark Antony and who was also married at the time.