LOS ANGELES – Superstar Elizabeth Taylor, 79, has died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering symptoms of congestive heart failure over recent months.
Taylor was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart at the hospital where her publicist Sally Morrison said she had been hospitalized for about six weeks.
“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” her son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. “We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
Over the years, Taylor has captivated audiences with her acting abilities and incomparable dramatic personal life that has captured the world’s attention.
Born in London Taylor has won two Oscars. One for her role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and a second for “Butterfield 8” in 1960.
Taylor has been using a wheelchair for more than five years to cope with chronic pain after breaking her back four times. However she has continued to make appearances at charity events, especially those connected to her AIDS foundation. Taylor’s last movie performance was in the 1994 live action comedy “The Flintstones.”
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In a recent interview with Kim Kardashian in Harper’s Bazaar, Taylor spoke about her many husbands, philanthropic work and jewels.”I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands,” Taylor said in the interview. “For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else. I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS.”
Taylor married eight times, twice to actor Richard Burton:
She married her first husband Conrad Hilton, who was part of the hotel family, in May of 1950. It was in February of 1952 when Taylor married actor Michael Wilding. She divorced Wilding on January 26, 1957 and married film producer Mike Todd who was killed in a private airplane he named the “Lucky Liz” on February 2, 1957. In one of the most scandalous marriage that got worldwide attention, Taylor married Eddie Fisher in May 1959 until their divorce 1964. Then in March of 1964, Taylor married actor Richard Burtonand divorced in 1974 however remarried in 1975. Burton and Taylor divorced a second time in 1976. Later that same year in 1976, Taylor married Senator John Warner. Warner and Taylor divorced in 1982. Taylor met her seventh husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky while in rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic. Taylor was 20 years younger than Larry. They married in 1991 and divorced in 1996. It was Taylor’s eighth marriage.