Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mourning Elizabeth Taylor, arguably the last great female star of the studio system, who has died today at the age of 79. The actor died peacefully in Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Taken to the hospital six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, a condition with which she had struggled for many years. Taylor's children were at her side at the time of her death. Famed for her luminous beauty and stormy personal life, Taylor appeared in more than 50 films. She also championed charitable causes, notably the fight against Aids. After Hudson's death she founded the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation and spoke out at a time when many were afraid to. Taylor was born on 27 February 1932, in London, the daughter of two wealthy American art dealers, Francis and Sara Taylor. The family moved to America just after the second world war began and settled in Los Angeles where her mother, a former actor, encouraged her daughter's career. It was a career that made her a star at 12, a bride and a divorcee at 18 and a widow at 26. Asked in 1999 what she would like to see written on her gravestone, Taylor replied: "Here lies Elizabeth. She hated being called Liz. But she lived."
For more on the Guardian UK article quoted above be sure to visit *HERE*.
Photo of Elizabeth courtesy of my friend Billie.
Video is one of my favorite scenes from 'A Place In The Sun' (1951).
Film to break the heart.