Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor passed away yesterday, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the age of 79. The two-time Oscar winner was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in February for symptoms of heart failure. Taylor is one of the most recognized film stars of recent history. She has been in around 50 films and also appeared numerous times in television programs. She is widely known for her 8 marriages and work with AIDS research fundraising.
Elizabeth was born with a mutation that caused double rows of eyelashes, which enhanced her appearance on camera.
Taylor was born in London, England on February 27, 1932 to her American parents Francis and Sara Taylor. Her father was an art dealer with a business in London. Her mother was an actress. Two years before her birth, her brother Howard was born. In 1939 the family moved back to the states, were Taylor began her career as a child actress. She would appear in her first movie, There’s One Born Every Minute at the age of 9.
She is most well known for her roles in:
Taylor helped raise tens of millions of dollars for AIDS research during her life. She created the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Elizabeth had four children with three of her husband’s. She won Oscars for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and BUtterfield 8. She was nominated for three other Oscars. She won the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1993.
“Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished,” says her son, Michael Wilding.
- Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century
- How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood
- Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor
Books Taylor wrote herself:
Text sources: http://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Taylor-Elizabeth.html, http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/03/23/obit.elizabeth.taylor/index.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Taylor, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000072/