Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose legendary career spanned seven decades and more than 50 films, passed away this morning of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 79.
“We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it,” Taylor’s son Michael Wilding said in a statement. “Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
Taylor made her film debut at age 9 in Universal’s There’s One Born Every Minute and grew up on screen. However, The New York Times notes, she never passed through an awkward stage: “It was one quick leap from National Velvet to A Place in the Sun and from there to Cleopatra as she was indelibly transformed from a vulnerable child actress into a voluptuous film queen.”
She won two Academy Awards for best actress, one in 19960 for Butterfield 8 and another in 1966 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? At times, though, it seemed the actress’ personal dramas rivaled what played out on film: Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands, becoming Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky.
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