I had to go out this afternoon and have came back to the news that a Hollywood Screen legends has sady died, that legend is Elizabeth Taylor who has died at the age of 79.
The news Broke through all the main international news channels with UK & Ireland it was BBC who said the actress died of congestive heart failure which she was in treatment for a long time and died at the Los Angees Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The double oscar winning actress had been suffering from ill-health for a very long time.
Dame Elizabeth’s most famous films included National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
On relationship side of things she married 8 times but twice to Richard Burton who described the actress as his greatest love on and off the screen. There relationship on and off the screen could only be described as colourful though deep down they were each others soulmate. The pair met on the set of Cleopatra probably the movie people will remember her for the most as it sparked one of Hollywood’s greatest romances but also it was the most expensive movie ever made.she wed Burton in 1964.Their tempestuous relationship saw them divorce and remarry in 1975 before she moved on to further marriages with John W Warner and Larry Fortensky.
Taylor had already been married four times – to Conrad Hilton Jr, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd and Eddie Fisher – before
Elizabeth Taylor’s career spanned over many decades from the 1940’s as a 12 year old, through the 1950’s, 1960’s and into the 1970’s her box office pull never really wared away, true icon of the siver screen.
The peak of her film career came in the 1950s and 1960s, with four Oscar nominations in a row from 1958 to 1961.
She lost out in her first three attempts – for Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly, Last Summer – but triumphed at her fourth attempt with Butterfield 8.Her second Oscar came in 1967 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, one of 12 films with Burton.
Her health problems began with a fall while filming her first hit film, National Velvet, which led to a lifetime of back problems.
A rare strain of pneumonia almost killed her in 1961 and she also battled addictions to alcohol and painkillers.In the 1990s, she endured two hip replacement operations and another near-fatal bout of pneumonia and survived surgery for a benign brain tumour in 1997.
In 2004, it was revealed that she was suffering from congestive heart failure, with symptoms including fatigue and shortness of breath, and scoliosis, which twisted her spine.
But she continued to campaign for her Aids charity, which she set up in 1991 after the death of her friend and co-star Rock Hudson.
In addition to her four children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey – Dame Elizabeth is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A private family funeral will be held later this week. Instead of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
The majority of the above post was taken from BBC report
Here is USA’s ABC New Report of her death