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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Today Hollywood bids farewell to an icon. Elizabeth Taylor died early today at the age of 70 from heart failure. While the Oscar-winning movie goddess starred in more than 50 movies, she also made numerous television appearances throughout the years. 
Elizabeth Taylor was born in England, but moved to the United States in 1939. She worked in Hollywood for more than fifty years and spanning over five decades, producing more than 50 movies, including Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and National Velvet. Along the way, Taylor was married eight times and divorced seven. She is most famously quoted as once saying: "“I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too – for being married so many times". The famous actress was also a huge activist and helped raise $200 million for AIDS research. She was truly an American legend and one of the biggest stars Hollywood has ever seen. 
Elizabeth Taylor Trivia:
  • Has appeared solo on the cover of PEOPLE magazinefourteen times, second only to Princess Diana
  • Admitted in an interview with Barbara Walters in the late 1990s that she would still like to act but because of her medical problems, no movie company would insure her. Taylor’s medical problems included a benign brain tumor that she had removed, and a four-times broken back that caused her severe pain when walking or standing for long amounts of time.
  • Queen Elizabeth II named Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Andrews “Dames” on New Year’s Eve 1999.
  • Elizabeth Taylor did not attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards in 2003 because of her opposition to the Iraq war.
  • In a 2007 interview with Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart, Taylor said she recently phoned ex-husband Eddie Fisher and spoke to him for the first time in 40 years.
  • Elizabeth Taylor auctioned off her diamond-and-emerald engagement ring from Richard Burton to raise money for an AIDS charity.
  • Taylor was a 2002 recipient at the Kennedy Center Honors.
  • She was voted the 11th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

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