Sad news comes out of Hollywood today. Elizabeth Taylor a screen legend and icon died today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she had been being treated for congestive heart failure for approximately six weeks. This is what Sally Morrison told The Associated Press.
As infamous off screen as she was famous on screen, this film legend won two Oscars and gave ground breaking performances in films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She was the epitome of the classic old Hollywood movie star and her loss signals the true end of an era.
Her career spanned a phenomenal 70 years and 50 films and she will be remembered not only for her contribution to film, but also for her tireless work in an effort to combat HIV/AIDS. She was surrounded by her children Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton when she passed.
Her son Michael Wilding, 58, said: “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 first appearance on film was at age 9 in There’s One Born Every Minute and her last appearance was in the TV series God, the Devil and Bob. She went on to appear in the Lassie films, Jane Eyre, National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, Giant, and of course Cleopatra where she met Richard Burton. The diminutive actress was larger than life, living it to the fullest and making no apologies for enjoying everything that life had to offer.
The violet eyed actress had eight marriages, was married to Richard Burton twice and they were known as the Brangelina of their day. It’s an understatement to say her love life was tumultuous and fascinating and we can definitively say she captured our hearts and our attention as much by her personal escapades as by her work in film. She will be missed.
“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”
~ Elizabeth Taylor 1932 – 2011
*Elizabeth Taylor’s Filmography at IMDb.