Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies At 79

Elizabeth Taylor

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor died today at 79-years-old.  Taylor died early Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Liz was a leading child star by the age of 12 after her performance in MGM’s National Velvet (1944). It wasn’t long before she was knocking critics dead as a serious adult actress with films like Giant (1956), Raintree County (1957) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). She reigned the box office as the quintessential movie star taking the breath away from viewers with her glamorous looks and those velvet eyes. Her film career floundered in the 1960s and 1970s with a string of unusual and unsuccessful films. Her personal life has been a tempest of love affairs, unsuccessful marriages and multiple medical problems. Upon the death of her friend, Rock Hudson in 1985, she began her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers. In the 1990s, she has also developed a successful series of scents. Her acting career has been relegated to the occasional tv-movie or TV guest appearance.

Sarah Crompton at The Telegraph chronicles her best and worst movies, and Los Angeles Times Film Critic, Kenneth Turan notes that both on screen and off, Taylor’s irresistible violet eyes had turned men to jelly…

Biography Source:  IMDB

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