Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor Passed Away at 79

Elizabeth Taylor Passed Away at 79

Legendary Oscar Winning Actress Elizabeth Taylor Has Died at 79

Legendary movie star Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday

At the age of 79, Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Bad Timing

New York Times Obit Writer for Elizabeth Taylor Died Six Years Ago

In a twist, the New York Times obituary for Elizabeth Taylor was written by a reporter who is now dead.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away earlier this morning at the age of 79 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The actress had been hospitalized for the past six weeks. She passed away from congestive heart failure.
After spending six weeks at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday at the age of 79. Although a winner of three Oscars and world-wide movie star, Elizabeth Taylor suffered from ill-health, personal tragedy and failed romances that often times outweighed her film success. The actress died of congestive heart failure.

Elizabeth Taylor’s publicist, Sally Morrison, stated in ABC News, “she was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton.” In addition to her four children, Elizabeth Taylor is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. As Kval reports, Elizabeth Taylor’s eight marriages, physical ailments, overeating and a lifelong stuggle with substance abuse often put her in tabloids.

“I think I’m becoming fatalistic,” she said in 1989. “Too much has happened in my life for me not to be fatalistic.”

Elizabeth Taylor, born in London, became an actress and a star at the young age of 12 and found herself a bride and divorcee at 18.

At 19 she was a full-blown movie star and at 26 she became a widow. Through many ups and downs, Elizabeth Taylor’s life became a difficult spectacle, but she focused on her work for several different charity causes and organizations, most notably AIDS research, as Kval reports. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, a special Oscar, was awarded to Talyor in 1993 for her humanitarian efforts.

In 2004, Elizabeth Taylor disclosed to the public that she was suffering from congestive heart failure. Although she found herself in a wheelchair, she maintained that it was not due to her sickness, but rather due to back problems that she faced since the age of 12 when she fell from a horse. “Oh, come on, do I look like I’m dying?” she said in May 2006 in a television interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” “Do I look like or sound like I have Alzheimer’s?” According to Elizabeth Taylor, “hangin’ in” was her secret to longevity.

As Elizabeth Taylor passed away Wednesday morning, she was surrounded by her children. “My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” her son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. “We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”


Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)[1][2] was a British-born American actress.[3] Beginning as a child star then throughout her adulthood, she became known for her acting talent, glamour and beauty; as well as a much publicized private life, which included eight marriages, several near-death experiences, and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, prevention and cure. Elizabeth Taylor , a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, was considered one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The American Film Institute named Elizabeth Taylor  seventh on its Female Legends list.

Elizabeth Taylor Early years (1932–1942)

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor and Sara Viola Warmbrodt[4] (1895–1994), who were Americans residing in England. Elizabeth Taylor's older brother, Howard Taylor, was born in 1929.[5] Her parents were originally from Arkansas City, Kansas. Francis Taylor was an art dealer, and Sara was a former actress whose stage name was "Sara Sothern." Sothern retired from the stage when she and Francis married in 1926 in New York City. Elizabeth Taylor's two first names are in honor of her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Mary (Rosemond) Taylor. A dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States, she was born a British subject through her birth on British soil and an American citizen through her parents.[citation needed] She reportedly sought, in 1965, to renounce her United States citizenship, to wit: "Though never accepted by the State Department, Liz renounced in 1965. Attempting to shield much of her European income from U.S. taxes, Liz wished to become solely a British citizen. According to news reports at the time, officials denied her request when she failed to complete the renunciation oath, refusing to say that she renounced 'all allegiance to the United States of America

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