Silver screen legend Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at age 79. The Oscar award winning actress died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Taylor had been struggling with the condition for many years and had recently been hospitalized.
Born in London, Taylor started her career in motion pictures when she was still a child and would eventually star in over 50 films. Taylor won two Oscars for Best Actress in 1961 for Butterfield 8 and in 1967 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She was also nominated three other times for Best Actress Oscars, for the films Raintree County (1958), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1959), and Suddenly Last Summer (1959).
Taylor’s children were at her side when she passed away, and her son Michael Wilding has released the following statement:
“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. 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 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.”
She appeared on the cover of Life magazine 14 times, more than any other film star, and on People magazine’s cover more than 25 times. In the 1960s, pop artist Andy Warhol used photography and silk-screening techniques to depict Ms. Taylor’s face as a totem of beauty and fame in what became a much-reproduced piece.
Taylor spent more than six decades as one of the world’s most visible women for her two Academy Awards, eight marriages, ravaging illnesses and work in AIDS philanthropy. Elizabeth Taylor is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.