CNN has reported that Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79, from congestive heart failure. A five-time nominee, and three-time Oscar recipient, twice for performing (for Butterfield 8 in 1960, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966), and once for her humanitarian work. Off-screen, she was as notorious as on, racking up eight total marriages, to seven different men. Her affair with Richard Burton is the stuff of legend. In the 50s and 60s, she and Marilyn Monroe WERE the epitome of the Hollywood sex symbol.
When she accepted her honorary Oscar, she said "I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being -- to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame." But I think this statement, made by her around the time she turned 50, sums her up the best.....
"I don't entirely approve of some of the things I have done, or am, or have been. But I'm me. God knows, I'm me."
She will be remembered as one of the greatest names in Hollywood history, and one of the most beautiful women to ever grace us with her prescence. RIP Liz.
Notable filmography includes:
National Velvet (1944)
Father of the Bride (1950)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Raintree County (1957)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Butterfield 8 (1960)