Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Movie icon Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

Today the world mourns lifelong screen star Elizabeth Taylor, who died today after complications from congestive heart failure, her publicist told the Associated Press.

First appearing on screen at age 9, Ms. Taylor went on to dazzle moviegoers in a 70-year career spanning more than 50 films. She won two Academy Awards, one for best actress for a performance as a call girl in "Butterfield 8," and the other in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" Most of us remember her as Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law in the 1994 remake.

Ms. Taylor was the first actress to earn $1 million for a movie, starring as the unforgettable "Cleopatra." Incredibly talented, she had a very public and high profile life. She married eight times, suffered many emotional and physical setbacks, and gave to worldly causes. She was also Michael Jackson's BFF!

In 2002, she was among five people, including Paul McCartney, to receive Kennedy Center Honors in the performing arts.

She is survived by her brother Howard; four children, Michael Wilding Jr., who owns a cafe in Albuquerque; Christopher Wilding, a film editor in Los Angeles; Liza Todd Tivey, a sculptor, and Maria Burton Carson, whom she adopted in 1961; and by 9 grandchildren.

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