Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor passed away Wednesday at the age of 79 according to her publicist Sally Morrison.
The three-time Oscar winner died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been for the last six weeks.
Aside from her legendary film career, Taylor was widely recognized for humanitarian work, which she received an honorary Oscar for in 1993.
Taylor also was well known for being married eight times, two of which were to actor Richard Burton.
Taylor originally stated that she had congestive heart failure in November 2004, but often denied reports that she was close to death. Since 2004, Taylor was usually relied on the help of a wheelchair to get around, which she said was for her chronic back pain.
Taylor often joked when asked about her health telling Larry King in 2006: “Oh, come on, do I look like I’m dying?”
Despite being recently known for her health troubles, Taylor is forever remembered for her legendary film career, included appearing in over 50 films.
Taylor is one of the few stars to successfully transition from a childhood star to a legitimate actor in her later years.
Taylor made her film debut at the age of 10 in There’s One Born Every Minute (1942).
Just two years later Taylor starred in the Oscar-nominated National Velvet alongside fellow teen star Mickey Rooney.
Taylor received her first Oscar nomination in 1958 for her role in Raintree Country (1957), which co-starred Montgomery Clift and Lee Marvin.
Taylor followed up her success three consecutive Oscar nominations for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) and 1960’s Butterfield 8, which earned Taylor her first Oscar win.
Taylor won her second Oscar in 1967 for her captivating performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which is considered by many to be her finest performance.
Although Taylor’s film career continued steady through the ‘70s, she mainly focused on TV films and series throughout the ‘80s.
Taylor’s final big screen role was in 1994’s The Flintstones, where she starred as Pearl Slaghoople. Taylor’s last TV role was on God, Devil and Bob in 2001, in which she provided her distinct voice.
Taylor’s publicist stated that “all of her children were with her” at the time of her death.
Taylor was 79.
Sources: Yahoo News; IMDB