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Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman In The World Has Died.

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Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman In The World Has Died.

Actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79, her publicist confirmed in a statement today.

The star passed away from congestive heart failure in hospital last night having suffered from the condition since November 2004.
She was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles 'for monitoring' last month.
Her publicist confirmed: 'Legendary actress, and fearless activist Elizabeth Taylor died peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.'



Elizabeth Taylor, the first $1m movie star!

The English-American star, considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden age, was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton.
Taylor's son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement: 'We will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world.
'My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour, and love.
He added: '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.
'Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mum 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.'

In addition to her children, she is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Flowers are flooding to Elizabeth Taylor's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame ever since news broke.

Dame Elizabeth was said to weigh less than 98 lbs when she died after spending the last two weeks of her life on a respirator in hospital.

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LIZ TAYLOR: A LIFE ON SCREEN:
1942 - 'There’s One Born Every Minute' – Taylor’s first appearance on the silver screen was released when she was just 10-years-old.
1943 – 'Lassie Come Home' – Despite being dropped by Universal after her first film Elizabeth was signed up by MGM and appeared in three films before her big break the following year.
1944 – 'National Velvet' – Taylor rose to fame in the smash hit playing Velvet Brown opposite Mickey Rooney at just 12-years-old
1954 – Her busiest year saw Elizabeth star in no less than four films and at 22 years old was considered a great beauty
1957 – 'Raintree County' – The actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Susanna Drake but she missed out on the award on the night.
1960 – 'Butterfield 8' – After missing out on an Oscar three times, Taylor was awarded with an Academy Award for her portrayal of the beautiful Gloria Wandrous . She starred alongside her then-husband Eddie Fisher
1963 – 'Cleopatra' – Elizabeth played the leading role in what was at the time one of the most expensive movies. Not only was she paid $1million but she also met her future husband Richard Burton.
1966 – 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' –Taylor was awarded an Oscar for her role as Martha and starred alongside her then-husband Richard Burton.
1970 – 'The Only Game In Town' – By the end of the 1960’s Taylor had lost some of her pulling power at the cinema
1982 – 'The Little Foxes', the stage play – Elizabeth made her Broadway and West End debut with a revival of Lillian Hellman’s play
1994 – 'The Flintstones' – The actress played Wilma’s mother in her last theatrical film
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‘She was tiny and she was fighting for every breath,’ said a friend.
'She still felt that she had so much to live for.
‘But she was happy with her life at the end. She was happy with her family – she was at peace.’
The actress’s four children, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren are expected to share much of her $600 million fortune, although she is leaving some to her AIDS charity, added the friend.

She kept handwritten diaries through much of her life and was said to have discussed a deal to publish them as an explosive memoir following her death.

Doctors were said to be hopeful that she could return to her Bel Air mansion just days before her long-term congestive heart problem took a dramatic turn for the worse.

Her death comes exactly 53 years after she was widowed when third husband, film producer Michael Todd, died in a plane crash.
Dame Elizabeth turned 79 on February 27 but celebrated with her friends and family a month early as ten days later she was admitted to hospital to undergo surgery to repair a leaky heart valve.
The Hollywood veteran, who was born in Hampstead north London, announced the news via social networking site Twitter.
She used Twitter to relay news of her illness to supporters asking them to pray for her.
'I'll let you know when it is all over. Love you, Elizabeth,' was one of the final messages she tweeted.

Dame Elizabeth had struggled with her health for a number of years - and towards the end of her life was confined to a wheelchair.
She broke her back at least five times, had three bouts of pneumonia of which one, in 1961, required a tracheotomy, and another, in 1990, nearly killed her.
There were two hip-replacement operations and surgery to remove a benign golf ball-sized brain tumour, plus two stays at the Betty Ford clinic.
More health troubles plagued Taylor in the late 1980s including recurring back trouble that led her to start drinking again and she developed a dependency on pain-killing drugs.
But throughout all this Dame Elizabeth managed to retain her sense of humour.
In 1999, when asked what she would like to see written on her gravestone, she replied: 'Here lies Elizabeth. She hated being called Liz. But she lived.'

The actress's star burned brightly in the spotlight since finding fame in Hollywood at the age of 12.
She earned four Oscar nominations- for 'Raintree County', 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' and 'Suddenly, Last Summer' - finally winning at her fourth attempt with film 'Butterfield 8'.

In 1961 she became the highest-paid actress in America and the first star ever to be paid $1million for a screen appearance.
She received the fee for the lead in Cleopatra - a lavish costume drama about ancient Rome and Egypt.
When the film was released in 1962 it was a critical flop but earned enough at the box office to cover the vast production costs.

Her second Oscar came in 1967 for 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'.

The last of the great Hollywood movie stars,she became famed not just her stunning beauty or talent but also for her chequered love life.
Dame Elizabeth married eight times to seven husbands - most notably the late Welsh-born actor Richard Burton, who she married twice.
The warring couple, who met during filming of 1963's 'Cleopatra' - one of the most expensive films of all time - made 12 films together.
Scandal erupted when Taylor and Burton, both married, began an affair.

Dame Elizabeth and Burton divorced their respective spouses and wed in 1964. He would become Taylor's fifth and sixth husband.
Upon their engagement, Burton gave Taylor the 33-carat Krupp diamond, the first of several spectacular named gems that Taylor, who had a lifelong obsession with jewellery, would own.
The Taylor-Burton romance was notoriously stormy and passionate. And the couple was famous worldwide for their opulent jet-setting lifestyle, with multimillion-dollar homes and private yachts.
Throughout the relationship Burton continued to lavish extravagant jewellery on Taylor including the extraordinary Taylor-Burton, then 69.42-carat, colourless diamond, which he purchased in 1969 for $1.1million in a private sale from Cartier.
They divorced over Burton's excessive drinking habit in 1974 after ten years together only to remarry the following year before divorcing again in 1976.
During the relationship the couple adopted a daughter together, Maria Burton born 1 August, 1961, who Taylor remained close to after their separation.
In a 2006 interview Taylor referred to Burton as her 'soulmate'.
'Richard enriched my life in different ways, internal journeys into feelings and thoughts,' Taylor said.
'He taught me poetry and literature, and introduced me to worlds of beauty. He made me laugh. He made me cry. He explored areas in me that I knew existed but which had never been touched.
There was never a dull moment.
'I loved Richard through two marriages and until the day he died.'

As well as her film career, Dame Elizabeth is also known for her work for AIDS related charities.
Along with other Hollywood celebrities she helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research after the AIDS related death of her former co-star and friend, Rock Hudson in 1985.
She also created her own AIDS foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.

Jane Fonda led the tributes pouring in from Taylor's celebrity friends. She said in a statement: 'Elizabeth, on every level, was a mensch. Kind, generous, brave.'
Elton John said: 'We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.'

Celebrities also took tosocial networking site Twitter to honour the actress. Former CNN chat show host Larry King tweeted: 'Elizabeth Taylor was a great friend, a great star and one gutsy woman. She was so special. You won't see the likes of her again.
Singer George Michael wrote: 'Such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman.
'She was also the only person I've ever met that had violet eyes. They were genuinely violet. So beautiful.
'She also did a great deal in the last 25 yrs to help the world deal with the HIV epidemic. I am proud to have known her if only a little.'
Pop star Kylie Minogue wrote: 'RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor.....Like a pure white diamond you'll shine on and on and on.'
While actress Kirstie Alley said: 'Elizabeth...thank you for the lessons you taught me about life...suffering and joy....you are the brightest star in the universe...Eternal love.'
While Britain's Stephen Fry simply said: 'RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor, surely the last of a breed.'

Considered by many to be the closest America has had to royalty, her every move was chronicled by the tabloid and mainstream press as her tumultuous career soared to the heights of stardom and the depths of despair.
Above all the actress demonstrated an uncanny ability to rebound, endure and thrive after blows to her health and well-being.
'The ups and downs, the problems and stress, along with all the happiness, have given me optimism and hope because I am living proof of survival,' she said.
'I've come through things that would have felled an ox. That fills me with optimism, not just for myself but for our particular species.'

Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman In The World Has Died.
Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman In The World Has Died.
Elizabeth taylor in the stage production of 'The Little Foxes.
After a Broadway run it played London at the Victoria Palace but opened to luke warm reviews.
The run was marred further by the accident that saw her brake her leg and she performed almost the entire run in a wheelchair.

It was to be her only West End appearance after the Broadway production of Noel Cowards 'Private Lives' which starred her and Richard Burton failed to transfer.
Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman In The World Has Died.



Updated On: 3/23/11 at 12:24 PM
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I saw her in The Little Foxes; my parents were both huge fans and had taken me along and it was one of those performances where she performed the play from a (modern) wheel chair with a stage-hand in plain clothes pushing her around. This resulted in criticism that the wheelchair was not period appropriate.

I have to say I found her performance totally convincing and she held my attention not because of who she was but because of her interpretation of the character, and whilst being aware of the wheelchair I was not in any way distracted by it. It was on eof those occasions where theatrical magic suspends disbelief.
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me too Scripps. I will never ever forget meeting her and getting her autograph while she was in that same wheelchair at the stage door. Stunningly beautiful, nothing short of goddess like!
I'm filling up writing this, how very, very, very sad.

Not many left now.
Zsa Zsa is failing daily.
Doris Day!

Phew!
What a sad day.
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It's very sad that many people will only know her from her very last years, but she was a true star and an inspiration.
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Speaking of Doris Day, she will be 89 next week.

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"Zsa Zsa Gabor has been rushed to hospital after becoming “hysterical” over Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s death.

The 94-year-old screen legend has had a string of health problems in recent months and she was taken to UCLA medical centre after her blood pressure went “through the roof” when she learned her old friend had passed away this morning (23.03.11), a month after fellow veteran actress Jane Russell died.

Zsa Zsa’s husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt told RadarOnline.com: “Zsa Zsa said celebrities go in threes and I’m next.”

Zsa Zsa was only released from hospital at the beginning this month after struggling with an infection in her left leg. Doctors advised she have the limb amputated - just a month after she lost part of her right leg - but she refused the operation.

After she turned down the surgery, her husband revealed doctors have given her just a 50-50 chance of surviving for another year and admitted she will be bed-ridden for the rest of her life.

He said recently: “We don’t expect her to get better. She will be in bed for the rest of her life.”

Zsa Zsa’s health problems stem from her falling out of bed and breaking her hip last July."

(http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/959526--zsa-zsa-gabor-rushed-to-hospital-after-learning-dame-elizabeth-taylor-has-died)
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89 same age as my mum!
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So sad, we found out doing our final tech for Die, Mommie, Die1 before we had tonights opening night. She is actually mentioned in the DMD script, the strange thing is though that the week before we did Psycho Beach Party Jane Russel died......and she is mentioned in the Psycho Beach Party script......strange

RIP XXXX
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Fcuk me!
I'm so pleased its 'Mommie' in your title, not 'Mama'!
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She attended PRISCILLA in London about 8 months ago.

The list of former MGM stars just gets shorter and shorter. Who is left of that era? Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell...who else?
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A true icon and a real star! She was beautiful in so, so many ways.

Very saddened to hear of her passing. Reminds me of that interview she did with Michael Aspel on TV many years ago when she talked about one day being re-united with Richard Burton. Perhaps that will now happen!

I love her final gesture - being late for her own funeral shows the class of this great lady Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman In The World Has Died.
Updated On: 3/25/11 at 04:20 AM